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Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music 2006/2007 The Venue at Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill Wednesdays at 1.05pm Free Admission Series sponsors: Audrey and Stanley Burton Trust Catherine and Paul Lawrence The Leeds Literary and Philosophical Society Welcome to the 2006/7 season of lunchtime recitals at The Venue. Whether you are an office worker, student or senior member of the community, our lunchtime series offers the perfect midday respite with a chance to hear some of the best music performances in the city – all free of charge! Each concert is 50 minutes long so that it can easily fit into your lunch break or daily routine. This season, thanks to the support of the Audrey and Stanley Burton Trust and the Leeds Literary and Philosophical Society, we are delighted to bring you thirteen recitals by the UK‟s most talented young musicians at the start of their professional careers. The season also features eleven Showcase recitals from students at the UK‟s leading conservatoires and junior colleges, generously supported again by Catherine and Paul Lawrence. Leeds College of Music‟s café bar stocks a range of drinks, sandwiches and light meals and is open before and after the concert. So why not make a lunch date with us this season? We look forward to seeing you there. [map] The Venue at Leeds College of Music (next to the West Yorkshire Playhouse) Wednesdays 1.05-1.55pm Free admission 4 October 2006 Eduard Kunz piano Scarlatti Haydn Debussy Rachmaninov Three Sonatas Sonata in A L‟Isle Joyeuse Moments Musicaux Talented young pianist Eduard Kunz graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with both the RNCM Piano Prize and the RNCM Gold Medal for performance. Born in Russia he studied at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and has been a major prize-winner in a succession of international piano competitions, including the Netherlands International Piano Competition, the Grand Konzerteum International Competition and the Dudley International Piano Competition. In June 2004 he was awarded a prestigious Dame Myra Hess Award in London. Eduard‟s recent engagements include the Tchaikovsky and Schumann concertos with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 11 October 2006 Stillman Quartet Katie Stillman violin Ella Brinch viola Rhaki Singh violin Victoria Simonsen cello with Sergei Salov Stravinsky Brahms piano Three Pieces for String Quartet Piano Quintet Following her solo recital last season we are delighted to welcome back Rhaki Singh as part of the Stillman Quartet. Formed in 2003, the quartet has established itself as one of the North-West‟s leading ensembles and is currently Quartet in Residence at Salford University. The quartet has a Leeds connection: cellist Victoria Simonsen has recently been appointed Principal Cellist with the Orchestra of Opera North. 24 year old Ukranian pianist Sergei Salov is currently in his third year of postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A major prize-winner, he most recently took first place in the Montreal International Piano Competition. 18 October 2006 Matthew Sharp Johan Ullén cello / tenor piano Romances Le Grand Tango Sonata Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov Piazzolla Shostakovich Multi-faceted musician and founder member of the Gogmagogs, Matthew Sharp has collaborated with composers, writers and choreographers and has given many premieres of new works, including pieces by John Tavener, Errollyn Wallen and Mike Westbrook. Most recently Matthew was Papageno in Opera North‟s acclaimed new production of The Magic Flute. The Swedish pianist Johan Ullen was appointed Artist in Residence at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation in 2001 and has since developed a strong broadcasting and recording relationship with the company. 25 October 2006 Showcase: Junior Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama RSAMD Junior Piano Trio Ben Norris violin Laura Sergeant cello Joseph Sloan piano Programme to be confirmed. The Royal Scottish Academy‟s Saturday Junior Academy provides opportunities for young musicians from all over Scotland to explore the world of music. An unmissable opportunity to hear some of the stars of the future. 1 November 2006 Roderick Williams baritone Michael Cleaver piano Mahler Kindertotenlieder with songs by Schubert, Loewe and Wolf Mahler‟s Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Deaths of Children) sets words by Rückert, who wrote the poems in an outpouring of grief after two of his children died in an interval of sixteen days. The poignancy of the song cycle is heightened by the fact that four years after he wrote it Mahler lost his daughter, aged 4. "I placed myself in the situation that a child of mine had died. When I really lost my daughter, I could not have written these songs any more". Roderick Williams is enthusiastically recognised throughout Europe for his intelligent and musical performances and can be seen this season in Opera North‟s production of The Magic Flute. 8 November 2006 Showcase: Royal Northern College of Music Jennifer Cox Oliver Hamilton french horn piano Programme to be confirmed Jennifer graduated from the RNCM with a first class Honours degree and is enjoying a freelance career working with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. She is strongly committed to music education, tutors privately and works in education and outreach initiatives with Opera North, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Ensemble 360. Oliver is currently studying for a Masters at the RNCM and maintains a busy performance schedule spanning classical, jazz and folk. He is also well established as a teacher, including work at the RNCM Junior School. 15 November 2006 Helen Paskins clarinet Ivana Gavric piano Weber Brahms Grand Duo Concertante Sonata in F minor Helen Paskins and Ivana Gavric met and began playing together at Cambridge University in 1998. In the five years that they have been working together, they have performed a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the best-loved works of the clarinet repertoire to contemporary music hot off the press, in venues around the country. In 2004, they were accepted onto the Live Music Now scheme set up by Yehudi Menuhin to bring talented young musicians into community venues and to audiences whose access to music might otherwise be restricted. 22 November 2006 Showcase: Junior Royal Northern College of Music A showcase recital by young performers from the JRNCM. Performers and programme to be confirmed The junior RNCM provides expert tuition and training for young people with exceptional musical talent. Many students go on to study music at conservatoires or universities. 29 November 2006 Showcase: Leeds College of Music Gemma Wild saxophone Gemma graduated from Leeds College of Music with a First Class honours degree in Music Studies and has just completed her Masters in performance. She was subsequently awarded The John Scheerer Prize for Woodwind, The Michael Grady Award for Composition, The Leeds University Armes Prize, The College Prize for Postgraduate Studies and The Robert Tebb Trophy for Outstanding Performance (classical style). During her time at college she was commissioned to write a piece for the Goldberg Ensemble and collaborated with a local poet, Seni Seneviratne, to write for the first Leeds Lieder+ forum and to celebrate Architecture Week. The New Music Ensemble at Leeds College of Music premiered her piece for chamber orchestra, Turbulence, during the fuseleeds06 festival, which was warmly received. 6 December 2006 Soumik Datta sarod Shahbaz Hussain tabla Soumik Datta is a young British Asian from London and a rising star in the world of contemporary classical music. Aged 13, Soumik was introduced to the Sarod by his father, Soumilya Datta who handed him over to the able hands of his own guru in Kolkata, Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta. Globally regarded as the seniormost exponent of the Sarod and something of a living legend, it was only a matter of a few years before Das Gupta had shaped the young boy into a highly skilled instrumentalist of great flair and artistry. As a product of both his Indian roots and his western upbringing, Soumik‟s improvisations combine the aesthetic purity of tradition and a savvy urban sensibility: a cocktail sound he can call his own. Soumik will be treating Leeds audiences to a sarod recital accompanied by tabla virtuoso Shahbaz Hussain. This event is presented in association with South Asian Arts UK / www.saa-uk.org.uk 13 December 2006 Wu Qian piano Rachmaninov Five Pieces Op 3 Rachmaninov Sonata No 2 “Wu Qian plays with a mastery and stylistic awareness well beyond her years” Barry Millington, The Times 22-year old Chinese pianist Wu Qian performs an all-Rachmaninov programme. Having studied at the Shanhai Conservatoire and at the Menuhin School she is currently on a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. 2005 saw a successful Wigmore Hall solo recital along with several festival engagements in the UK and abroad. Appearances for 2006 include a concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and a concert in the Purcell Room as a result of a further Martin Foundation award. Qian was been awarded the 2005 Boise Foundation scholarship. 10 January 2007 Veya Saxophone Quartet Mark White soprano Fiona Asbury alto Jenny Lyons tenor Simon Murray baritone Trad / Mark White Joe Cutler Jean Rivier Kaval Sviri Screaming 229a Grave et Presto Barry Russell Three Improvisations Graham Fitkin Hurl Bernstein / Boatman Selections from West Side Story The Veya Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2000 by graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music, and takes its name from „Veya‟- the ancient god of wind. The quartet has a versatile repertoire, reflected in its exciting choice of programme for this concert, and has been involved in the premieres of many new works. In July 2004 the quartet was invited to perform as part of the BBC 2004 Proms, in which it performed „Nearly Distant‟ by John Casken, which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 17 January 2007 Showcase: Pro Corda A showcase recital by young string quartet from Pro Corda. Performers and programme to be confirmed Pro Corda provides training for students of chamber music aged from 8 to 28. Courses take place at the beautiful Leiston Abgey in Suffolk where tutors include the Wihan Quartet of Prague. Recitals by ensembles who have attended Pro Corda courses are always eagerly awaited so make sure not to miss this one! 24 January 2007 Eleanor Turner J L Dussek Jean-Michel Damase Michael Mauldin Khatchaturian Gareth Glyn Elias Parish-Alvars harp Sonata No 1 in Bb Sicilienne Variée Prelude IV, Dolce Oriental Dance Chwarae Plant (Child‟s Play) Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo, rrom Fantasy on Italian Airs “Magical fingers” Metro Eleanor Turner was just fifteen when she made her debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Daniel Harding. Since then she has won numerous awards, including the Royal Over-Seas League Award for Strings and the London Harp Competition 2005. 7 February 2007 Showcase: Royal College of Music Trio Evocare Anna Cashell Andrew Joyce violin cello Marie Lee Gustafsson piano Schubert Schumann Piano Trio No 1 in B flat major Piano Trio in G minor Piano Trio Evocare was formed at the Royal College of Music in London. Anna, Andrew and Marie have given recitals in the Crush Room – Royal Opera House, Drapers Hall, St. James Piccadilly and National Portrait Gallery. In May 2005 they participated in the Beethoven Chamber Music Masterclass with Bernard Roberts at Steinway Halls and gave recitals at Hinde Street Concert Series and Winchester Cathedral, followed by a performance of Beethoven Triple Concerto at the RCM. Further concerts include Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands Park and Regal Theatre in Stowmarket. 14 February 2007 Emanuel Ensemble Anna Stokes Cerys Jones Nicholas Bootiman Oliver Coates flute violin viola cello Mozart - Flute quartet in D Major Jindrich Feld - Nocturne Edwin Roxburgh - Quartet for flute and strings The Emanuel Ensemble, all graduates of the Royal College of Music, is dedicated to exploring works old and new, written especially for its distinct combination of instruments. Having worked with renowned flautist Susan Milan, pianist Yonty Solomon, violinist Gabby Lester and the acclaimed Chiligirian string quartet, the Emanuel Ensemble has gone on to perform at venues including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room-Southbank, St Martin-in-the-fields, National Gallery and V & A Museum amongst others. 21 February 2007 Showcase: Royal Academy of Music Ian Cape & Helen Yates percussion Programme to include Kopetzki Topf-Tanz, Mendelssohn Fugue in D John Mark Piper Conflicting Goodbyes Steve Reich Clapping Music Helen is currently in her final year on the BMus Course at the Royal Academy. She has had the opportunity to perform with major orchestras and ensembles, including a trial with the orchestra of the English National Opera and session work with the London Symphony Orchestra. Ian Cape studied percussion at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior Department before winning a bursary to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Ian has been a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and both the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Great Britain. He has performed live on BBC Radio and Classic FM, and has been televised from the BBC Proms on several occasions. 28 February 2007 Harriet Mackenzie violin Yue Shen piano Fokkens Irreconcilable Truths Macmillan Kiss on Wood Ravel Sonata Schoenfield Who let the Cat out Last Night? 'Searing intensity... captivating' (The Strad) Harriet Mackenzie has toured Europe, America and Japan as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2004 she made her highly-acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut as part of the Park Lane Young Artist Series. She played the Sibelius Concerto with the Ukraine Philharmonic at the Chernigiv Festival in 2002 and has subsequently been invited back every year. Harriet studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with First Class Honours and Dip RAM and during her time there led all the orchestras at the Academy. Harriet enjoys working with composers and recently performed a violin concerto by Robert Fokkens written for, and dedicated to her. For this prestigious performance she was lent a Stradivarius violin by the Royal Academy. 7 March 2007 Showcase: Chetham‟s School of Music A showcase recital by young performers from Chetham‟s. Performers and programme to be confirmed. Chetham‟s School has been providing specialist music education for students from the UK and abroad since 1969. Musicians from Chetham‟s are constantly gaining the highest awards in prestigious National Competitions, including Jennifer Pike, who became the youngest winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2002. 14 March 2007 Showcase: Purcell School Carson Becke piano Emily Ross oboe Liszt Apres une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata Bach Pasculli Concerto Sopra Motiyi Dell‟Opera „La Favorita‟ Di Donizetti Carson Becke was born in Ottawa, Canada and joined the Purcell School in 2005, where he studies with Ilana Davids. He has performed many recitals in Canada and has participated in numerous competitions internationally. Following his studies at the Purcell School, Carson aspires to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Emily joined the Purcell School in 1997 where she studies with Melanie Ragge. In 1998, Emily‟s composition Carnival of the Insects won first prize in the BBC Young Composers competition. Emily receives a scholarship under the Government‟s Music and Drama Scheme and has recently gained a place in the National Youth Orchestra. ii. iii. Sonata in Eb major Siciliana Allegro 21 March 2007 Showcase: School of Music, Leeds University A showcase recital by performance students from Leeds University. Performers and programme to be confirmed. Leeds University‟s School of Music brings together internationally acclaimed scholars, composers and performers to set the highest standards in music. It is one of the largest academic schools of its kind in the country, offering courses cross a wide range of undergraduate and research interests. 28 March 2007 Heath String Quartet Oliver Heath violin Kate Linden violin Gary Pomeroy viola Christopher Murray cello Beethoven String Quartet, Op127 in E flat The Heath Quartet's reputation as an exciting and innovative ensemble has grown since its formation in 2001. Its committed and vibrant playing has led to success in The Royal Overseas League Competition, The Terence Weil Memorial Prize and The Nossek Prize. In 2005 it won the prestigious Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Ensemble Award. A debut recital in The Purcell Room formed part of the prize. The Heath Quartet has enjoyed studying with many eminent musicians, including members of the Smetana, Oslo, Endellion, Lindsay, Fitzwilliam and Sorrell Quartets. Its members also continue to receive regular tuition from Dr Christopher Rowland. 4 April 2007 Showcase: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Illuminati Katie Punter flute Marian Gray oboe Susannah Hallas clarinet Fraser Gordon bassoon Françaix Mozart Bridge Quatuor Fantasia Divertimento Two years ago, four student musicians at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama were brought together as a wind quartet to participate in the Carlisle Cathedral Composition Competition. Recognising the challenge and enjoyment of wind quartet repertoire, Katie, Marian, Susannah and Fraser Gordon continued to work together regularly as a chamber group, and thus Illuminati came into being. Based in Glasgow, the group has performed regularly within Scotland and over the border since its formation. They have been invited back to Carlisle's Music in the Cathedral series on a number of occasions. 18 April 2007 Arcturus David Greed Katherine New Howard Breakspear Judith Burgin Michael Cleaver Dvorak violin violin viola cello piano Piano Quintet in A major Once again, Arcturus treat us to one of the gems of the chamber repertoire – this season we can enjoy Dvorak‟s Piano Quintet, regarded as one of the most perfect chamber music works ever written, brimful of beautiful melodies and springtime happiness. Arcturus is a chamber music group formed in 1999 by Michael Cleaver with colleagues from the Orchestra of Opera North. 25 April 2007 The Witches of Elswick Bryony Griffith Fay Hield Becky Stockwell Gillian Tolfrey “A cappella harmony with attitude” BBC Radio2 The Witches of Elswick sing a cappella harmony, and base their material on the traditional songs of these islands. Following the success of their first album “Out of Bed”, and appearances at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, Sidmouth and Womad, The Witches of Elswick are now promoting their second album “Hell‟s Belles”. Hailing from all over England, The Witches were put here to bombard you with their dangerous four-part harmonies and uproarious sense of humour. You‟ll laugh, you‟ll cry, but you won‟t be bored. Why not take advantage of Metro‟s free city bus to travel to and from the Venue? Buses run every few minutes between 6.30am and 7.30pm. The nearest stop to The Venue is Bay 3 at Leeds Bus Station. Enjoy more free lunchtime concerts in Leeds: Leeds Town Hall Organ Recitals Simon Lindley‟s popular series of lunchtime and rush-hour recitals showcasing the magnificent organ at Leeds Town Hall. Mondays, 1.05pm at Leeds Town Hall. Visit www.leedsconcertseason.com for details Or ring 0113 247 8336 for free brochures University of Leeds, School of Music Concert Series Lunchtime an occasional rush-hour performances bringing you the very best in almost every genre of music, from World Music to Jazz via Baroque. Fridays, 1.10pm at the Clothworkers Hall, Leeds University Visit www.leeds.ac.uk/music for details.
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