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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Friday 28 June - Benjamin Franklin House Concert - Joel Williams (tenor) & Michael Butten (guitar)
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Friday 28 June - 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. Repertoire includes arrangements of lute songs and pieces by Benjamin Britten.

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

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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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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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