Thursday 28 February - Lunchtime Concert - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Feb
28
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 28 February - Lunchtime Concert - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

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Rodgers and Hammerstein -
Oh! What a beautiful mornin’ (Oklahoma!)

Young, Victor  - When I Fall In Love

Vaughan Williams - (Songs of Travel):
The Vagabond
Whither Must I Wander
Bright is the Ring of Words

Mozart (Le Nozze di Figaro) -
Se Vuol Ballare
Non più andrai

Mozart (Don Giovanni) -
Deh Vieni Alla Finestra

Traditional - Danny Boy

Rodgers and Hammerstein -
Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
Edelweiss (Sound of Music)

Kern - Ole man River (Showboat)

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Thursday 7 February - Consone Quartet (strings) - New North London Synagogue
Feb
7
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 7 February - Consone Quartet (strings) - New North London Synagogue

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PROGRAMME

Mendelssohn - Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13

Haydn - Quartet in D Minor, Op. 42

“The textures were always clear and voice-leading immaculate.” The Strad

 Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. Winner of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in London, Consone was also awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including a place on the ‘EEEmerging’ Emerging European Ensembles Scheme associated with the Ambronay Festival in France and six other early music festivals across Europe.

 Recent highlights include an acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, performances at Cadogan Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, and at the Cheltenham, Brighton Early Music, Lake District Summer Music, Buxton and King’s Lynn Festivals, as well as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition performing in France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Belgium (AMUZ in Antwerp), Italy, Switzerland and in spring 2018 they toured in South America performing across Bolivia and Peru.

 The Consone Quartet’s debut CD, featuring music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, was released on the Ambronay Label during the Festival in October 2018 and was followed by a London launch kindly hosted by the Royal Over-Seas League.

 The ensemble regularly collaborates with other musicians, such as the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Mahan Esfahani, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth, Ashley Solomon, and Colin Lawson. Consone participated in the “Brighton Early Music Festival Live!” mentoring scheme and in a number of Chamber Studio masterclasses at King's Place, London. In 2018 the quartet was selected to become a Concordia Foundation Artist.

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Wednesday 6 February - Giancarlo Palena (accordion) - St James's Church, Piccadilly
Feb
6
1:10 PM13:10

Wednesday 6 February - Giancarlo Palena (accordion) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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The Two Faces of the Accordion”

 Johann Sebastian BACH – ITALIAN CONCERTO BWV 971

Johann Sebastian BACH – FRENCH SUITE NUM. 5 BWV 816 (Allemande; Sarabande; Gigue)

 Astor PIAZZOLLA – AVE MARIA

Richard GALLIANO – TANGO POUR CLAUDE

Edward ELGAR – “NIMROD”, Enigma Variations for Orchestra op. 36.

 Giancarlo Palena is a prize-winning Italian Accordion Player which started to study in Italy with M° Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi and is currently in London working with Prof. Owen Murray in the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed in Royal Festival Hall in Lodon; Teatro “San Carlo” of Naples; Academic Hall of the “Fryderyk Chopin” University of Music in Warsaw; Academic Hall of the Rome’s Conservatory “Santa Cecilia”; Royal Castle of Warsaw; Royal Academy of Music in London.

 In November 2018 he was a guest of the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Foyle Future Firsts Ensemble’s 2018 debut held in Southbank Centre, with music written in Theresienstadt concentration camp, by Viktor Ulmann.

Giancarlo has won numerous national and international competitions and in June 2016 he received the Medal from the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in recognition of the musical talent and his achievements at international level.

In September 2014 in Castelfidardo (Ancona) he was selected by the Italian Accordion Culture as the only representative from his homeland in the classical category ("Master Coupe Mondiale") at the 67th CIA World Cup, held in Salzburg (Austria), from 27th October to 2nd November 2014. In May 2015 he was selected as the best Italian candidate to represent Italy at the 68th CIA World Cup, held in Turku (Finland), from 6th to 11th October 2015, obtaining the third prize. In 2017 he graduated at the University of Music “Frédéric Chopin” in Warsaw, Poland, under the direction of M° Klaudiusz Baran. He has held numerous concerts in Italy and abroad, performing in Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.

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Monday 4 February - Natasha Day (soprano), Sofia Castillo (flute), David Malusa (piano), Marie Otaka (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields
Feb
4
1:00 PM13:00

Monday 4 February - Natasha Day (soprano), Sofia Castillo (flute), David Malusa (piano), Marie Otaka (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields

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Dedicated to the memory of Estelle Spottiswoode

Edvard Grieg -
Jeg elsker dig! Op.5 No.3 

Claude Debussy - 
Recit et air de Lia from L’Enfant Prodigue
Clair de Lune

Frederic Chopin -
Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor Op.66

Cecile Chaminade -
Flute Concertino in D Major, Op. 107

Gabriel Faure -
Morceau de Concours (Sarabande)
Apres un reve, Op. 7 No. 1

Cecilia McDowall -
What ‘Tis to Love - Four Shakespeare Songs

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Monday 21 January - Consone Quartet (strings) - St Martin-in-the-Fields
Jan
21
1:00 PM13:00

Monday 21 January - Consone Quartet (strings) - St Martin-in-the-Fields

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J. Haydn - String Quartet in D Minor, Op.103

L.V.Beethoven - String Quartet in F Major, Op.18/1

“The textures were always clear and voice-leading immaculate.” The Strad

 Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. Winner of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in London, Consone was also awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including a place on the ‘EEEmerging’ Emerging European Ensembles Scheme associated with the Ambronay Festival in France and six other early music festivals across Europe.

Recent highlights include an acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, performances at Cadogan Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, and at the Cheltenham, Brighton Early Music, Lake District Summer Music, Buxton and King’s Lynn Festivals, as well as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition performing in France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Belgium (AMUZ in Antwerp), Italy, Switzerland and in spring 2018 they completed their debut tour to South America performing across Bolivia and Peru.

 The Consone Quartet’s debut CD, featuring music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, was released on the Ambronay Label during the Festival in October 2018. The quartet is celebrating its release with an album launch at the Royal Over-Seas League House in London in December. 

Consone regularly collaborates with other musicians, such as the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Mahan Esfahani, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth, Ashley Solomon, and Colin Lawson. Consone participated in the “Brighton Early Music Festival Live!” mentoring scheme and in a number of Chamber Studio masterclasses at King's Place, London. In 2018 the quartet was selected to become a Concordia Foundation Artist.

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Thursday 17 January - Diphonon Duo (viola accordion) Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Jan
17
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 17 January - Diphonon Duo (viola accordion) Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

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Diphonon Duo is a viola and accordion musical duo formed by the Greek viola player Michael Iskas and Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade, accordionist from Navarra (Spain).They met in 2015 during their Master of Arts studies at the Royal Academy of Music and after discovering they share common musical interests, they decided to establish this ensemble.

The word "Diphonon" means in Greek "two voices".

The combination of accordion and viola is a rather rare instrument pairing, but that is taken as an opportunity to explore music in a different and more flexible way than the usual classical music standards do.

The repertoire performed by Diphonon Duo reaches different styles and ages involving the audience in a journey through time and space, reflecting traditional elements of various regions of the world and including new comissions and premières.

Diphonon Duo performs in various venues in London and the UK such as the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-fields, Royal Academy of Music, British Museum and Colston Hall (Bristol). During the course 2017/18 they were appointed "Wigmore Hall Learning Ensemble", keeping a close collaboration with Wigmore Hall learning department since then.

G. F. Händel - Sonata in C major for Viola da Gamba and obbligato Harpsichord    
II. Allegro   
III. Adagio

H. Purcell - From "Dido & Aeneas"                                                                                            
Air
Dance 
Ground (Dido's Lament)

G. Hermosa - Brehme                                                                                                                           

G. Finzi - Impression Tango                                                                                                     

J. Taboada - The Growth of the Grass                                                                                            

E. Granados - "12 Spanish Dances"                                                                                                 
II. Orientale

A. Piazzolla - Le Grand Tango               (excerpts)                                                                          

J. Cazcarra - El Yeli                                                                                                                                 

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18/12 - Ben Tarlton (cello) & Joon Yoon (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields
Dec
18
1:00 PM13:00

18/12 - Ben Tarlton (cello) & Joon Yoon (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields

PROGRAMME

Bach - Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Book 2

Scriabin - Piano Sonata No. 10 Op.70

A. Glazunov - Chant du menestral Op.71

Beethoven - Cello Sonata no.4 in C major Opus 102, No.1

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Born in 1995 in Wales, Ben Tarlton studied with Sharon McKinley and Alexander Baillie before being accepted to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Thomas Carroll. In 2014 he received a Scholarship to study with Louise Hopkins at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating with First class honours, he has been awarded a Scholarship to continue his studies there as a Postgraduate Student, with financial help also from The Countess of Munster Trust and Help Musicians UK.

In May of 2016 Ben was selected as a Fellow to participate in the Piatigorsky cello festival in Los Angeles and in April 2017, he participated in the masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, attending Open Chamber Music the following September. He has recently performed chamber music and solo performances in venues such as Milton Court, The Barbican Hall, Wales Millennium Centre and BBC’s Hoddinott Hall. 

 

Pianist Joon Yoon was the unanimous winner of Guildhall School's most prestigious award, the Gold Medal, previsiouly won by artists such as Jacqueline du Pre and Bryn Terfel, for which he was named a BBC rising star, appearing live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune.

Joon has performed in venues such as Palau de la Musica Catalana, Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center, and the Barbican Center among others to name. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with prestigious musicians such as current and former members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ying quartets.

He has won top prizes in Campillos International Piano Competition (Spain), Verona International Piano Competition (Italy), among numerous others.

His teachers and greatest musical influences are Yong Hi Moon, Robert McDonald, and Hung-Kuan Chen. He is a graduate of Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School under full scholarship, and is continuing his studies at the Guildhall School in London as an Artist Diploma candidate with Ronan O’Hora.

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10/12 - Timothee Botboll (cello) & John Paul Ekins (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly
Dec
10
1:10 PM13:10

10/12 - Timothee Botboll (cello) & John Paul Ekins (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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PROGRAMME

Debussy - Sonata for cello and piano

Bloch - Méditation Hébraïque

Sollima  - Lamentatio

Beethoven - Sonata for cello and piano No.4 in C major, Op.102 No.1

Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Concordia Artist. He has given solo performances in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Italy in venues including St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, St James’s Piccadilly, Chapel Royal, Lausanne Steinway Hall and Kultur-Rockt Festival. He has appeared as principal cellist of ensemble Collegium under direction of soloist Lawrence Power, as well as chamber musician in the 2017 Concerts in The West series, the Royal Overseas League and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In February 2017, he was awarded the Grand Prize Special from all categories at the II Augustin Aponte International Music Competition in Tenerife.

Starting his early musical education in Geneva at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute, he later progressed to the Lausanne Haute École de Musique and the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma program, under tutorship of professors such as Patrick Demenga, Alexander Chaushian and Richard Lester where he was supported by a Musicians’ Company Lambert Studentship, the Concordia Foundation, the AF Marescotti ville de Carouge Award and the Fondation F & M-F Minkoff. He also has participated in numerous masterclass with renowned cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Franz Helmerson, Jérôme Pernoo and Miklòs Perényi.

A keen orchestral musician, Timothée has performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the European Philharmonic of Switzerland in venues including Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Lausanne’s Salle Metropole and Palais Beaulieu, Montreux’s Auditorium Stravinsky and the Opéra de Vichy, under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Markus Stenz and Christian Zacharias, and with soloists including Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos. He is currently holding a trial position as sub-principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera, with upcoming performances including Birmingham Hippodrome, The Empire - Liverpool, Oxford New Theatre and Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre.

In addition to cello, Timothée has performed regularly as a baritone soloist, singing at Geneva’s Victoria Hall accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

Future solo performances include Faversham Music Club, St Margaret’s Church - Westminster, St James’s Piccadilly and a tour in Switzerland with pianist Dinara Klinton.

In great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, John Paul Ekins has given performances throughout the UK, and overseas in Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain and Switzerland, and he has been broadcast on the BBC, on Romanian national television and radio, and on Polish television. In 2009 he graduated from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours, and was awarded the James Anthony Horne Scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to study with Charles Owen, graduating with Master of Performance (Distinction) in 2011. He has received support from Making Music, The Musicians Benevolent Fund, The Concordia Foundation, The Razumovsky Trust and The Keyboard Charitable Trust.

 International Competition successes include as many as 19 awards and prizes, and performances have taken him to prestigious venues such as Bucharest's Athenaeum, Zurich's Tonhalle, Prague's Martinu Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall (where he recently made his concerto debut playing Rhapsody in Blue with Southbank Sinfonia), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Fairfield Hall and Steinway Hall, Birmingham's Symphony Hall. John Paul has been particularly honoured to be presented to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip at a Reception for Young Performers at Buckingham Palace.

 Educational and outreach work is enormously important to John Paul too, and as well as private teaching he has also given workshops and masterclass-recitals with great success in the UK. He has taught at St. Paul’s School since 2013.

 

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06/11 - Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade (accordion) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital
Nov
6
11:30 AM11:30

06/11 - Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade (accordion) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital

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PROGRAMME

Juan Cazcarra – Almudines

Domenico Scarlatti  Sonata in D minor - K 141

Victor Vlasov - Basso Ostinato

Jose Saenz Garmendia

Variations on a popular basque song Andre Madalen

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Moritz Moszkowski - Spanish Capriccio

Franck Angelis - Study on Chiquilín de Bachín

Gioachino  Rossini (arr. Alexander Dmitriev)

Cavatina di Figaro from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Joaquin Larregla - Viva Navarra

Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade was born in 1994 in Barañáin (Navarra) where he started playing accordion at the age of 7. He is now a Master of Arts and Advanced Diploma graduate from the Royal Academy of Music (London).

His aim as a musician is to contribute to show the generally unknown possibilities that accordion can display. Inigo is proud to be a Concordia Artist.

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18/10 - Concordia Young Audiences Production
Oct
18
10:30 AM10:30

18/10 - Concordia Young Audiences Production

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The (mini) Magic Flute

A reimagining of the opera for children

Based on the story and with music from the opera by W.A.Mozart

Join us on a magical adventure....

...As Tamino, a prince from a far away kingdom, goes in search of his princess on a magical, mysterious, sometimes dangerous (sometimes bizarre!) journey... A host of characters, including the comedic bird-catcher Papageno, the wicked Queen of the Night, the princess Pamina - even some animals! - will take you on a musical, magical adventure, in this retelling of one of the most imaginative operas ever written. Designed especially for children, this is the perfect introduction to opera .

Presented in a light-hearted and fresh way by three opera singers and an accordionist, this production, originally devised for Opera North at the CBBC summer social, is inspired by the story of The Magic Flute, in which a prince goes on an adventure in search of his princess, Pamina (with the help of a magic flute and some magic bells!) and encountering many magical creatures along the way... The audience is invited to be part of the story, resulting in a magical, comic, punchy reimagining of Mozart’s opera.

The children will take part in this interactive show while also enjoying a high quality performance by professional actors and musicians in the atmospheric surroundings of St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

Please contact Natasha Day: info@concordiafoundation.com to be added to the Guest List.

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16/10 - Anna Kondrashina (flute) & Marina Kan Selvik (piano) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital
Oct
16
11:30 AM11:30

16/10 - Anna Kondrashina (flute) & Marina Kan Selvik (piano) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital

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PROGRAMME

Bach - Sonata in E Major BWV 1035, Movements 1 & 2

Faure - Sicilianne Op. 78

Debussy - "Syrinx" for flute solo

Mozart - Rondo in D Major Anh 184

Gluck - Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice

Paganini-Liszt - La Campanella S.161/3 for piano solo

Mozart - Rondo alla Turca

Debussy - Clair de lune

Tchaikovsky - Aria of Lensky from Eugene Onegin (arranged for
flute and piano by Emmanuel Pahud)

Godard - Idylle and Valse from Suite de trois morceaux, Op. 116

Gershwin - Summertime from Porgy and Bess

Loewe - I could have danced all night from My Fair Lady

Anna Kondrashina is a prizewinner at prestigious competitions in China and Japan. She is currently a Master's student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, in the class of William Bennett.

Marina Kan Selvik is a pianist residing in Oslo, Norway. She is currently taking Master degree at Royal Academy of Music in London. Prizewinner of several international piano competitions, she has given solo recitals and performed as soloist with symphony orchestras in Europe.

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15/10 - Nicola Hands (oboe) & Jonathan Pease (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly
Oct
15
1:10 PM13:10

15/10 - Nicola Hands (oboe) & Jonathan Pease (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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ADMISSION FREE

PROGRAMME

Antonio Vivaldi - Sonata in C minor for oboe and continuo

Karl Goepfart - Two character pieces for oboe and piano

Émile Paladilhe - Solo for oboe

Felix Mendelssohn - Allegretto grazioso,

No. 6 from Songs Without Words, Book 5

Marina Drashnikova - Poem for oboe and piano

Camille Saint-Saëns - Sonata in D for oboe and piano

Nicola and Jonathan are an oboe and piano duo, who met at Cambridge University, and who offer recitals and full-length concerts with a mix of duo repertoire for oboe or cor anglais and piano and solo works for oboe, cor anglais and piano.

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11/10 - Lizzie Holmes (soprano), Samuel Oram (baritone) & Lucy Culquhoun (piano) - New North London Synagogue, 1.00pm
Oct
11
1:00 PM13:00

11/10 - Lizzie Holmes (soprano), Samuel Oram (baritone) & Lucy Culquhoun (piano) - New North London Synagogue, 1.00pm

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ADMISSION FREE

PROGRAMME

The Barber of Seville - Largo al factotum by Rossini
Manon - Je suis encore by Jules Massenet
The Merry Widow - Lippen Schweigen by Franz Lehár
The Magic Flute - Papagena, Papagena, Papagena! by W.A. Mozart

Zaide - Tiger! by W.A. Mozart
Edgar - Questo Amor by Puccini
Don Pasquale - Pronta io son by Gaetano Donizetti
Ihr Glocken von Marling by Franz Liszt
The Marriage of Figaro - Crudel! Perche finora by W.A. Mozart
Die tote Stadt - Mein Sehnen by Korngold
Die Fledermaus - The Laughing Song
La Traviata- Brindisi by Verdi

Dorset soprano Lizzie Holmes graduated with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (MPerf) in 2014, prior to this she studied English Literature at Warwick University (BAhons) and was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ (National Student Drama Festival). She is a Concordia Artist and thanks The Carne Trust and Audition Oracle for their 2018 Awards.

Lizzie’s 2018 season includes solo recital debuts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Albert Hall and Bath Recitals; Mimi & Musetta in the Olivier Award Nominated La Bohème (Trafalgar Studios, King’s Head Theatre); Cunegonde in Candide for Bernstein’s 100th (Minack Theatre, Surrey Opera); Stephano, cover in Roméo et Juliette (Grange Park Opera); Amor in Orpheus & Eurydice (Opera in the City). Lizzie founded DEBUT in 2015, their groundbreaking Concert Series was recently featured in Opera Now & Classical Music Magazine.

Award-winning British Baritone Samuel Oram has recently been performing roles with companies such as Longborough Festival Opera and Opera North. This season he performs with Opera North, in the national premiere of Silent Night (Putts) and, through the Concordia Foundation, Samuel will perform the song cycle Let Us Garlands Bring (Finzi) in November in Switzerland. Samuel studied at The Royal College of Music, under Peter Savidge, and then at the Wales International Academy of Voice under Dennis O’Neil OBE and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Lucy Culquhoun, scholar at RCM, studied with Roger Vignoles winning all accompaniment prizes. She won Somerset Song Prize and RJ-Forbes-Prize (RNCM). She is Britten-Pears and Park-Lane-Group Young Artist and finalist in Oxford Lieder Competition with Julien VanMellaerts. Engagements include Durham University with Sir Thomas Allen, Oxford Lieder Festival, Red House Aldeburgh, St-James’s-Piccadilly, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Elgar Room, 22 Mansfield Street, British Music Society, Cheltenham Town Hall, Schubert Society, Opera Holland Park and Purcell Room, Southbank, this season.

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05/10 - Julia Hwang (violin) & Charles Matthews (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1.00pm
Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

05/10 - Julia Hwang (violin) & Charles Matthews (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1.00pm

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ADMISSION FREE

PROGRAMME

Lutoslawski - Subito

Beethoven - Sonata no. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3

Frolov - Concert Fantasy on Themes from Porgy and Bess

Julia Hwang gave her professional solo debut with the English National Baroque Chamber Orchestra at the age of nine, performing Bach's Concerto in A minor. She recorded two CDs by the age of twelve and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the same year. In 2015, she became a cultural ambassador for BRACE Alzheimer’s Research, alongside broadcasters Jonathan Dimbleby and Martyn Lewis, and is also a Concordia Foundation Artist.

Julia has appeared many times on live television and radio through the BBC and ITV and, in 2012, she was featured in a BBC4 documentary about ‘The Lark Ascending’ which was re-broadcast due to popular demand. Her latest CD with Charles, recorded with Signum Classics, was reviewed by Gramophone as displaying a “model of expressive purity” (Rob Cowan).

Julia graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge with the 2017 Larmor Award. She currently studies with Itzhak Rashkovsky as an Ian Evans Lombe Scholar at the Royal College of Music. She was the winner of the Senior Award of the Hattori Foundation, and is supported by the Drake Calleja Trust, Talent Unlimited, and the Countess of Munster Trust.

She plays on a Peter Guarnerius of Mantua violin c.1698, on generous loan from the Alderson Trust.

Charles Matthews studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Charles has won numerous awards, perhaps most notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest.  His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh's cycle The Well-Tempered Pianist. He has performed for productions by the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, and recorded music used in various theatres in Spain.  A collection of his compositions for flute and piano was published in 2006 by Schott.

Charles teaches piano and organ at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is conductor in residence for the annual Curso Internacional Matisse at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain.

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04/10 - Timothee Botboll (cello) & Tony Fallone (piano) - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Oct
4
1:00 PM13:00

04/10 - Timothee Botboll (cello) & Tony Fallone (piano) - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

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PROGRAMME

Johann-Sebastian Bach: Extracts of the Suite for solo cello No.’s 1 & 3 

Ralph Vaughan Williams: 6 Studies on English Folk songs 

Gabriel Fauré: Après un Rêve 

Ernest Bloch: Méditation Hébraïque

Joseph Haydn: Sonata in A Flat Major, Hob.XVI:46 1st Movement

Antonin Dvorak: Silent Wood

Camille Saint-Saëns: The Swan 

Gershwin: Summertime (arrangement for cello and piano) 

Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol has graduated from the Royal College of Music, is a Park Lane Group Young Artist and Yeomen of the Musician’s Company. He has given solo performances in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Italy, and is on trial as sub-principal cello with the Welsh National Opera.

Born in 1993 in Corsica, Tony Fallone started his study in Ajaccio, before Paris Conservatoire, with Brigitte Boutinon-Dumas, and Master Bruno Rigutto at “Ecole Normale de Musique” Alfred Cortot. After obtaining his Diploma there, he entered Leon McCawley’s class at Royal College of Music in 2012, to graduate with a Bachelor and a Master in Piano Performance in 2018.

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02/10 - Nicola Hands (oboe) & Jonathan Pease (piano) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital
Oct
2
11:30 AM11:30

02/10 - Nicola Hands (oboe) & Jonathan Pease (piano) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital

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PROGRAMME

Morricone - Gabriel's Oboe

Elgar - Chanson de Matin

Saint-Saens -  Sonata in D for oboe and piano

Debussy – Arabesque no.1

Grovlez - Sarabande et allegro

Rachmaninov - Vocalise

Goepfart – 2 Character Pieces

Scott Joplin – Sun Flower Slow Drag

Breville - Sonatine for oboe and piano, 1st movement  

Dring - Italian Song

Ravel - Piece en forme de Habanera

Piazzolla - Oblivion

Nicola and Jonathan are an oboe and piano duo, who met at Cambridge University, and who offer recitals and full-length concerts with a mix of duo repertoire for oboe or cor anglais and piano and solo works for oboe, cor anglais and piano.

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25/09 - Diphonon Duo (viola & accordion) - St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1.00pm
Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

25/09 - Diphonon Duo (viola & accordion) - St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1.00pm

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ADMISSION FREE

PROGRAMME

G. F. Händel: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and obbligato harpsichord in C Major.

- II: Allegro

-III: Adagio

 

B. Britten: Lachrymae op. 48

 A. Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

A. Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Diphonon Duo is a viola and accordion duo formed by the Greek viola player Michael Iskas and Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade, accordionist from Navarra (Spain). Michael and Iñigo met in 2015 during their Masters of Arts studies at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and, after discovering they share common musical interests, they decided to establish this ensemble. The word "Diphonon" means in Greek "two voices".

The combination of accordion and viola, bow and bellows, is an unusual duo, however the two instruments have more similarities than we think, since both are able to sustain sound for long time and vary its colour and intensity.

The repertoire performed by Diphonon Duo reaches different styles and ages - from original works for the duo, to transcriptions of baroque and classical music. The duo involve the audience in a journey through time and space, from the 17th century to the present day, and from distant countries such as Argentina, Denmark, Spain, the eastern Mediterranean Sea and Japan.

Diphonon Duo have performed in various venues across the UK such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Academy of Music or Colston Hall (Bristol). During 2017-18 they were appointed as Wigmore Hall Learning Ensemble. The duo has received coaching and guidance from eminent musicians such as accordionist professor Owen Murray, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi and Mie Miki and violists James Sleigh, Roger Chase and Garth Knox.

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07/09 - Matthew Palmer (baritone) & Richard Leach (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly
Sep
7
1:10 PM13:10

07/09 - Matthew Palmer (baritone) & Richard Leach (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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PROGRAMME

An Sylvia, D. 891, Schubert

Im haine, D. 738, Schubert

Nachtviolen, D. 752, Schubert

Ständchen (Horch! Horch!), D. 889, Schubert

La vie anterieure, Duparc

Phydilé, Duparc

Let us garlands bring - Finzi

1.     Come away, come away death

2.     Who is Sylvia?

3.    Fear no more the heat o’ the sun

4.    O, mistress mine

5.     It was a lover and his lass

The Green-Eyed Dragon, Wolseley

Matthew Palmer studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Robert Dean and will join the prestigious Opera Course there in September 2018. He has sung live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and made his European debut as Guglielmo Così fan tutte at the Brigitta Festival, Estonia. He has worked for Opera North, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Glyndebourne Education and recently sang Marcello La Bohème in the Olivier Award nominated production at Trafalgar Studios, London.

Other recent highlights include baritone soloist for Opera North Children’s Choir; Ned Keene Peter Grimes (Dartington Festival) under Sian Edwards; Fiorello and cover Figaro The Barber of Seville (Iford Arts); Captain Corcoran HMS Pinafore (Charles Court Opera); The Mikado & Pish-Tush The Mikado (Charles Court Opera); Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Devon Opera); Escamillo Carmen (Heritage Opera); Conte Robinson Il Matrimonio Segreto (Pop-Up Opera); Mr Ford Merry Wives of Windsor (Duchy Opera).

A regular oratorio soloist, Matthew has performed much of the standard repertoire, including Messiah (Handel); St. Matthew Passion (Bach); Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan-Williams); Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms); The Seasons (Haydn); Crucifixion (Stainer); Requiem (Mozart); Requiem (Fauré); Coronation Mass (Mozart); Messa di Gloria (Pucini); Messe Solennelle (Gounod); Passio (Pärt); Requiem da Camara (Finzi); Eternal Light Requiem (Goodall) among others varying from new commissions to Bach Cantatas and Haydn Masses.

Matthew is a Concordia Foundation Artist and has performed at LSO St. Luke's, the Oxford Lieder Festival and St. Martin-in-the-Fields amongst others in recital and concert.

Richard Leach is a Shinn Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music; he has worked with Royal Academy Opera as Assistant Conductor for Le Nozze di Figaro and Suor Angelica and will co-conduct the cover performance of L’Incoronazione di Poppea in May 2016; he was also the Chorus Master for May Night and Ariodante and has been a répétiteur for all of RAO’s productions since Autumn 2012. He was the Assistant Conductor for the Woodhouse Festival 2014 (Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Die Zauberflöte) and has worked occasionally with Blackheath Halls Opera and Shadwell Opera as well as OSJ Voices and the London Bach Choir; he is the regular accompanist for Streatham Choral Society and is Organist of Ealing Abbey Choir. He has worked with a number of conductors including Jane Glover, Peter Robinson, Gareth Hancock, Julian Reynolds and Nicholas Jenkins and has played for masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Susan Bullock and Simon Keenlyside. As a song recitalist he has performed at the Holywell Music Room, Charlton House and other venues. Richard studied at Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music.

 

 

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04/09 - Alex Grainger (tenor) & Natalie Burch (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields
Sep
4
1:00 PM13:00

04/09 - Alex Grainger (tenor) & Natalie Burch (piano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields

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PROGRAMME

Mozart - Il Mio Tesoro

Tosti - L’ultima Canzone; Ideale; Aprille

Lalo - Vainement, ma bien-aimee (Le Roi D’Ys)

Frank Bridge - Go not Happy Day; E’en as a lovely Flower; O that it were so; Love went A riding

Quilter - Now sleeps the crimson petal; June

 

Alexander Grainger is a Yorkshire based promising young tenor. He studied under with Paul Nilon at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. Alexander has performed extensively across Britain and Europe, recent performances include Alfredo (La Traviata), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Opera Devon and also Gastone ( La Traviata) Manx Opera festival on the isle of  Man. Alexander is also a keen performer of Contemporary Opera, debuting roles in ‘A Christmas Meeting’ and also several in ‘Too Hot to Hoot’ as part of the Classical Sheffield Festival with Opera On Location. Alexander has also covered Aufidio (Lucio Silla), Arturo (Lucia Di Lammermoor) and the Mayor (Albert Herring) at Buxton Opera festival. In 2018 Alexander was excited to be work at Glyndebourne festival for the first time, covering the role of Footman in Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss). Alexander’s studies were kindly supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and he is proud to be a Concordia Artist.

Natalie Burch is widely in demand as a song pianist across the UK. She won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards at Wigmore Hall, was a finalist alongside the 2nd Prize winner at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a current Britten-Pears, Leeds Lieder and Samling Young Artist. She was a finalist in the 2017 Somerset Song Prize, received the Sam Hutchings Prize to study at Oxenfoord with Malcolm Martineau and a Help Musicians grant to study at the 2018 International Lied Festival, Zeist. Natalie is co-founder of SongSpiel, a multi-voice chamber ensemble and is artistic director of the Devon Song Festival.

Natalie is a staff pianist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she gained her masters with distinction. She formerly studied at Chetham’s School of Music and in 2014, graduated with first class honors from King's College London in musicology with piano at RAM.

 

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04/09 - David Malusa (piano) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital
Sep
4
11:30 AM11:30

04/09 - David Malusa (piano) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Hospital

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Programme

J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C minor, WTK Book 2
W. A. Mozart - Sonata in D major, K311

F. Schubert - Two Impromptus Op. 90,
No. 3 in G flat major & No. 4 in A flat minor

J. Brahms - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 in A major
A. Scriabin – Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
F. Chopin - Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22

David Malusà is a prizewinner of several national and international competitions, including The 16th Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition. He was then invited to make his debut recital at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile and the Wigmore Hall in London – a CD was released under S.W. Mitchell Capital Records of this later live performance. Malusà was appointed Associate Teacher for the Pianoman Scholarship Scheme and Music Director for the charity, Hearts in Harmony. He is also proud to have performed in a variety of projects lead by the Concordia Foundation over the past few years.

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