Thursday 20 June - Manu Brazo (saxophone) & Bryan Evans MBE (piano) - New North London Synagogue
Jun
20
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 20 June - Manu Brazo (saxophone) & Bryan Evans MBE (piano) - New North London Synagogue

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Lunchtime concert of upbeat melodies from this dynamic duo.

Milhaud - Scaramouche

De Falla - Seven Spanish Folk Songs

Borne - Fantasy from themes from Bizet’s Carmen

Bozza - Aria

Iturralde - Pequona Czarda

Manu Brazo, an award-winning saxophonist, is studying on a scholarship at the Royal College of Music (RCM). He is a BBC Introducing Artist, Britten-Pears Young Artist, Making Music Artist and Concordia Foundation Artist. Classic FM has described his performance as “100% colossal. Amazing”.

Bryan Evans MBE studied at the RCM, winning all the piano accompaniment prizes. He has performed extensively on BBC Radio and across the UK and Europe. He is Music Director of Diva Opera.

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Monday 15 July - Concordia Prizewinners Concert (in association with the Worshipful Company of Musicians) - Wigmore Hall
Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

Monday 15 July - Concordia Prizewinners Concert (in association with the Worshipful Company of Musicians) - Wigmore Hall

Concordia Prizewinners Concert
in association with
The Worshipful Company of Musicians

Monday 15 July 2019 at 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Marmen Quartet strings
Dominic Sedgwick baritone & Ceri Owen piano

Box Office 020 7935 2141 www.wigmorehall.org.uk

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Thursday 19 September - Benjamin Franklin House Concert - Joel Williams (tenor) & Michael Butten (guitar)
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday 19 September - Benjamin Franklin House Concert - Joel Williams (tenor) & Michael Butten (guitar)

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A unique opportunity to hear this wonderful tenor-guitar duo in the intimate setting of Benjamin Franklin House. Concert running time: 60 mins, followed by refreshments (included in ticket price).

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Tickets: £25.00 available from Benjamin Franklin House:

0207 839 2006

info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF

ONLINE BOOKING link coming soon ( + £2.39 Eventbrite fee)

PROGRAMME

DOWLAND
Fine Knacks for Ladies
Come Again 
Come Heavy Sleep
Say Love If Ever 
In Darkness Let Me Dwell

BACH
Adagio and Allegro from BWV1005

 SCHUBERT 
from Die schöne Müllerin D.795  

1.     Das Wandern
2.     Wohin?
3.     Halt!
4.     Danksagung an den Bach
5.     Am Feierabend
6.     Der Neugieriege 

LEGNANI
Fantasia

BRITTEN
Songs from the Chinese

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BIOGRAPHIES

JOEL WILLIAMS - TENOR

Joel Williams is a tenor at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio.  He studies with Tim Evans-Jones, and is the Kiri te Kanawa Scholar supported by the Independent Opera Scholarship. Joel spent much of his youth as a boy-treble in Europe's opera houses, in roles ranging from one of Die Zauberflöte’s Drei Knaben to Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   

Joel went on to study History at King's College, Cambridge where he was a Choral Scholar.  As a concert soloist he has performed a broad range of repertoire including Verdi's Otello (Roderigo), Haydn's Creation, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings.  On stage, he has played Tamino The Magic Flute, the Mayor Albert Herring, and Count Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera.  Joel was a Young Artist for Opera Holland Park Young singing Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera and a member of the Verbier Festival Academy. He is proud to be a Concordia Artist.

 MICHAEL BUTTEN - GUITAR

Born in Berkshire, Michael Butten studied at Junior Academy, where he twice won the Lower Strings Prize, before being awarded a scholarship at the Academy to continue his studies with Michael Lewin. He is the winner of the 2016 Ivor Mairant’s Guitar Award and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In his first year he won the Julian Bream Prize, adjudicated by Julian Bream. On completing his BMus degree with first class honours, he received from the Academy one of the Regency Awards and in June 2014, as a postgraduate, became the first guitarist to win the R.A.M. Club Prize.  

 

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Friday 14 June - Marina Kan Selvik (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly
Jun
14
1:10 PM13:10

Friday 14 June - Marina Kan Selvik (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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PROGRAMME

Brahms - Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24
Bach-Brahms - Chaconne in D minor for left hand

Marina Kan Selvik is Russian-Norwegian pianist.

Marina received her musical education from:

❖ Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Prof. Alexander Mndoyants)

❖ Norwegian Academy of Music (Prof. Jens Harald Bratlie)

❖ Coimbra, Portugal (Prof. Aquiles Delle Vigne).

She is currently student at Royal Academy of Music in the class of professor Ian Fountain, recieving generous support from Ingar Doubloug Trust for her education. .

She is laureate and winner of several international competitions and a prize winner in:

❖ Hannover, Germany (2nd prize)

❖ Murcia, Spain (1st prize)

❖ Val Tidone, Italy (2nd prize)

❖ Mayennes, France (3rd prize)

❖ Jazeps Vitols competition in Riga, Latvia (1st prize)

❖ Nordic Piano Competition: Malmø, Sweden (1st prize)

❖ Winner of ”Marmortaste” at Klavierpodium in Munich

 Marina frequently gives concerts at festivals and concert halls in different countries. She is regularly invited to the International Grieg-Ciurlionis Festival in Lithuania to give recitals and as a soloist with the Lithuanian National Orchestra and Kaunas Symphony Orchestra.

She was selected among young Scandinavian musicians as soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Prokofiev Concerto No 2, conductor Rory Macdonald) and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninov Concerto No 3, conductor Lars-Thomas Holm).

She gave master classes in Armenia and was at the same time invited to be soloist with the Armenian State Orchestra in Yerevan.

She performed Rachmaninov´s Third piano concerto during the tour of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in Russia, Finland and Norway, under conductor Alexander Titov with great success.

Her recent concerts in the Edvard Grieg Museum "Troldhaugen" became an incredibly memorable event garnering great acclaim and praise, where she also gave a special concert for Her Majesty Queen Sonja.

Most recently she has been a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lijepaja Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica de la Region de Murcia. She is proud to be a Concordia Artist.

 

 

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Thursday 6 June - Caroline Taylor (soprano) & Mairi Grewar (piano)  - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 6 June - Caroline Taylor (soprano) & Mairi Grewar (piano) - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

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PROGRAMME

Gilbert and Sullivan – from The Sorcerer

My kindly friends…

Oh, happy young heart!

Schubert

Du bist die Ruh

Kennst du das Land

Rogers and Hammerstein – from Carousel

Mister Snow

If I loved you

Puccini

Quando me’n vo from La Bohème

O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi

 Gilbert and Sullivan

The sun whose rays are all ablaze from The Mikado

If somebody there chanced to be from Ruddigore

 Rogers and Hammerstein

Something wonderful from The King and I

 Novello –

We’ll gather lilacs from Perchance to Dream

Lerner and Loewe

I could have danced all night from My Fair Lady 

Ben Parry - Pink!

Caroline Taylor studies at the RNCM under Louise Winter, supported by an Oglesby Scholarship and Help Musicians UK (Maidment Award). She has performed roles with British Youth Opera and RNCM Opera and as a soloist with the Northern Ballet Sinfonia. This June, she takes part in the RNCM Gold Medal final. Caroline is proud to be a Concordia Artist.

Mairi Grewar is a Scottish pianist based in London. She is a coaching fellow on the Guildhall Opera Course and will be joining the National Opera Studio in September 2019. Mairi is an alumna of the Georg Solti Accademia and Franz Schubert Institut and has performed at the Barbican and Wigmore Halls. Mairi is grateful for the support of the Dewar Arts Awards.

 

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Friday 17 May - Amanzi Quartet (piano quartet) - St Martin-in-the-Fields
May
17
1:00 PM13:00

Friday 17 May - Amanzi Quartet (piano quartet) - St Martin-in-the-Fields

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PROGRAMME

Frank Bridge

Phantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor

 Gabriel Fauré

Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, op. 15

1.     Allegro molto moderato

2.     Scherzo: Allegro vivo

3.     Adagio

4.     Allegro molto

Formed in 2016 and based at the Royal Academy of Music, the Amanzi Quartet comprises of
musicians from the UK, China and Poland. Over the past two years they have established
themselves as an engaging ensemble who have most notably achieved success as prize winners
in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition 2018. They regularly work with
acclaimed artists such as Joanna MacGregor, Adrian Brendel, James Sleigh, and Andrew West, and have received coaching from Bengt Forsberg and Sung Won Yang.

 The members of the Amanzi Quartet, Veronica Marziano (Violin), Katie Perrin (Viola), Leah Leong (Cello) and XinRu Chen (Piano), have been the prize winners and finalists in many competitions, such as the Maurice Hasson and Emol Competitions in Caracas, the Yamaha Foundation of Europe Competition, and the Bath Young Musician of the Year Competition. They are also recipients of many scholarships, including the Warsaw Pope John Paul II Scholarship, a full scholarship at Wells Cathedral School and entrance scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music.

 In addition to performing in the Academy, the Quartet give concerts across London and partake in outreach projects with the aim of making classical music more accessible. The quartet are keen to discover compositions outside of the mainstream repertoire and have recently performed the Noskowski Piano Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music’s Summer Piano Festival. In February, the Quartet performed in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall as part of the Royal Academy of Music lunchtime concert series and were selected as the 2019 Concordia Foundation Artists.

 

 

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Tuesday 23 April - Michael Matthews (guitar) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre
Apr
23
11:30 AM11:30

Tuesday 23 April - Michael Matthews (guitar) - UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre

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Michael Matthews - Guitar

Born in the UK and raised in Europe, South America and Africa, Michael Matthews’ flamboyant and expressive performances are placing him at the forefront of the young generation. He has been praised for a rigorous technique alongside his natural musical perception by leading figures in the field. 

His concerts are communicative, eccentric and have been described as truly beautiful and professional. He brings a new identity to traditional repertoire as well as verve and dynamism to contemporary and lesser-known works. Since his youth, Michael has studied with distinguished and unorthodox teacher and performer Rob Johns, completing his First Class Honours Degree in 2016 with distinction in performance. He has subsequently performed in recitals, masterclasses and competitions across the country and abroad. 

Recently, he has given solo recitals with an emphasis on the Renaissance and its links to contemporary music. In the spring of 2017, Michael gave his debut performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez with the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra. In 2018 Michael was chosen by the Tillett Trust to give recitals across the UK during the 2018/2019 season and he is proud to be a 2019/2020 Concordia Foundation Artist.

Upcoming engagements include a performance of Rodrigo's Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, a solo recital at St James’s Church Piccadilly and his debut appearance at the Wigmore Hall.

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Tuesday 9 April - Ben Tarlton (cello) & Leyla Cemiloglu (piano) UCH Macmillan Centre -
Apr
9
11:30 AM11:30

Tuesday 9 April - Ben Tarlton (cello) & Leyla Cemiloglu (piano) UCH Macmillan Centre -

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Ben Tarlton - Cello

Born in 1995 in Wales, Ben 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. 

Ben is proud to be a Concordia Foundation Artist.


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Thursday 4 April - Ben Tarlton (cello) & Leyla Cemiloglu (piano) - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 4 April - Ben Tarlton (cello) & Leyla Cemiloglu (piano) - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

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Ben Tarlton - Cello

Born in 1995 in Wales, Ben 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. 

Ben is proud to be a Concordia Foundation Artist.

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Thursday 4 April - Timothee Botbol (cello) - New North London Synagogue
Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 4 April - Timothee Botbol (cello) - New North London Synagogue

BIOGRAPHIES

Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol is a Park Lane Group Young Artist and Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. 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.

He is proud to be a Concordia Foundation Artist.

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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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Monday 1 April - Joel Williams (tenor) & Marie Otaka (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly
Apr
1
1:10 PM13:10

Monday 1 April - Joel Williams (tenor) & Marie Otaka (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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PROGRAMME

Schubert - An die Leier

Haydn - Et Incarnatus Est from Missa Cellenis

Parry - No Longer Mourn for Me

Mozart - Il Padre Adorato

Schubert - Der Zwerg

Parry - Farewell Thou Art Too Dear

Poulenc - Hyde Park

Schubert - Auf dem See

Duparc - Phidylé

Mozart - Gia Divento Freddo

Quilter - Go, Lovely Rose

Joel Williams is a tenor at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio.  He studies with Tim Evans-Jones, and is the Kiri te Kanawa Scholar supported by the Independent Opera Scholarship. Joel spent much of his youth as a boy-treble in Europe's opera houses, in roles ranging from one of Die Zauberflöte’s DreiKnaben to Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  

Joel went on to study History at King's College, Cambridge where he was a Choral Scholar.  As a concert soloist he has performed a broad range of repertoire including Verdi's Otello(Roderigo), Haydn's Creation, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings.  On stage, he has played Tamino The Magic Flute, the Mayor Albert Herring, and Count Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera. Joel was a Young Artist for Opera Holland Park Young singing Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera and a member of the Verbier Festival Academy.

Joel is also so grateful to those who have supported him up to this point.  Many thanks to the Mason Family, the H F Music Award Foundation, the Ladies of the Soirée d'Or, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Seary Charitable Trust, the Il CircoloItalian Cultural Association, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Mario Lanza Foundation, the Philip Bates Trust, and the Michael James Trust. Joel is proud to be a Concordia Foundation Artist. 

Pianist Marie Otaka is currently a student on the Artist Diploma of Performance in Collaborative Piano at the Royal College of Music (RCM), studying piano with Roger Vignoles and harpsichord with Terence Charlston as a Stanbridge Drake-Brockman Scholar. She is also generously supported by the Clemence Charitable Trust.

She firstly read Linguistics (Phonetics) for Master’s Degree at the Sophia University Tokyo, and went on to the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music to study music. Her strong interests in English art songs and working with singers and instrumentalists led her to the study for Piano Accompaniment at the RCM. She completed the Master’s Degree of Performance in Piano Accompaniment with Distinction in 2017 and was awarded the first accompanists’ prize at the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, the best accompanist prize at the Lieder Competition and the Titanic Memorial Prize (for the best accompanist performance) at the Lies Askonas Competition.

Her performance highlights have included Schumann ‘Liederkreis op39’ masterclass with Sarah Walker at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wolf ‘Mörike Lieder’ workshop with Roger Vignoles at the RCM, the performance at the Royal Albert Hall ‘Afternoon Tea with Opera’ series, the performance in part of the exhibition ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and a duo performance with flute at the Chofu International Music Festival in Japan. For the instrumental repertoire, she works regularly with the flautist, Sofia Castillo.

She also enjoys playing the harpsichord as a continuo player and performs annually with a baroque vocal ensemble ‘Chaconne Ensemble’. She has appeared in the concert at the Handel House London, the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe Concert in the Netherlands, and the final concerts as part of the International Handel Academy Karlsruhe in Germany.

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Monday 11 March - Figo Ensemble (strings) - St James's Church, Piccadilly
Mar
11
1:10 PM13:10

Monday 11 March - Figo Ensemble (strings) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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Andrea Falconieri

Passacaglia in G major

Arcangelo Corelli

Trio Sonata in D major Op. 3, No. 2 Grave - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Giovanni Bononcini

Trio sonata No. 9 in B minor Adagio - Vivace - Largo - Allegro - Minuet

Georg Friedrich Handel

Concerto a 4 in D major
Con contento - Allegro - Largo - Presto

William Boyce

Trio Sonata No.10 in E minor Adagio - Allegro - Largo - Allegro:Tempo di Minuetto

Antonio Vivaldi

Sonata “La Follia” in D minor

FIGO is an emerging chamber group specialising in historically informed performance. Described as “super baroque ensemble” by GScene and having “pleasing grace” by The Guardian, the group uses either original or replica period instruments and their interpretation is shaped by 17th and 18th century performance practice and ideals.

The group formed in late 2017 having met as Scholars at the Royal Academy of Music. They have since enjoyed various engagements ranging from chamber recitals to larger works such as the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s B minor Mass and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Following a successful residency at Bristol's Clifton International Festival of Music 2018, FIGO is thrilled to have been welcomed back as Ensemble in Residence for both 2019 and 2020.

The group adored the opportunity to perform with Rachel Podger ("the queen of the baroque violin" Sunday Times) at her Brecon Baroque Festival Friends Party where Rachel, who described the group as having "charm and excellence", invited FIGO to perform a recital at her 2019 Brecon Baroque Festival. Another highlight was the ensemble’s residency at The Exon Singers Festival which concluded in a live broadcast with BBC Radio 4. FIGO has enjoyed collaborating with Collective31, Erebus Ensemble, The Exon Singers and the Choir of St. Martin in the Fields throughout 2018 and is looking forward to their upcoming recitals at St. James's Church Piccadilly and Newbury Spring Festival 2019 as well as a future collaboration with Sansara. A tour of the North East of England is also in the pipeline.

FIGO is delighted to have been selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live Scheme 2018/2019 and is proud to be a Concordia Foundation Artist 2019.

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Thursday 7 March - Lunchtime Concert - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital - Duo Fantasia (saxophone piano)
Mar
7
1:00 PM13:00

Thursday 7 March - Lunchtime Concert - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital - Duo Fantasia (saxophone piano)

Rusne Mikiskaite, Saxophone
Imma Setiadi, Piano

 

PROGRAMME 

Andy Scott - And Everything is Still

Darius Milhaud - Scaramouche

Maurice Ravel - Piece en Forme de Habanera

Faustas Latenas - Pasodoble

Harold Arlen - Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Richard Rodgers - Blue Moon

Erroll Garner - Misty

Jean Francaix - Five Exotic Dances

Jimmy Doorsey - Oodles of Noodles

Rusne Mikiskaite is a London-based saxophonist. Rusne studied at the Royal College of Music, gaining her postgraduate Artist Diploma with Professor Kyle Horch in 2016.  She holds a Master of Music degree from HKU Utrecht Conservatoire, and a Bachelor Degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Pianist Imma Setiadi was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree (First Class) from the YongSiew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music, London achieving a Distinction in her Master of Music degree under Nigel Clayton. She recently finished her doctoral studies at the RCM.


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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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