Concerts & events  calendar
FEBRUARY Sunday 19th February  4:30pm Sunday Recital Series Atsuko Kawakami Beethoven: Piano Sonata op.57 No.23 ”Appassionata” Chopin: Prelude op.28 No.15 ”Raindrop” Chopin: Waltz op.64-2                   Waltz op.34-1 Ravel: La Valse Born in Sapporo, Japan, Atsuko Kawakami has been making a name for herself as a brilliant pianist of great sensitivity. In the last few years she has performed extensively as solo pianist, both in her native Japan and England, in a wide variety of repertoire from Scarlatti to Takemitsu. She took part in the Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas project at St. Barnabas in London and recent concerts included recitals at Steinway Hall, Yamaha Chappell Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, Cheltenham Town Hall and many other music clubs. In 2014 at St.Sepulchre-without-Newgate in London she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with exceptional success. She has particular empathy with the music of Scriabin, Prokofiev and Ravel and recently has also been performing Albeniz’s “ Iberia”. In 2016 she gave a number of two-piano concerts with Martino Tirimo, including one at the Aegean Arts International Festival. Admission free, suggested donation £8      ____________________________________________________________________ Thursday 23rd February  7:00pm St George’s Choral Scholars Join the Choral Scholars of St George's, Bloomsbury for an hour-long concert featuring works by Hewitt Jones, MacMillan and Moore, alongside choral classics from Parry, Byrd, Marenzio, Allegri, and Britten- including the beautiful 'The Evening Primrose'. The concert will also feature solo works performed by the Choral Scholars: Hannah, Ellie, Ben and Garret. Entry is free- please extend the invitation to friends and family.      ____________________________________________________________________ Sunday 26th February  4:30pm Sunday Recital Series The Alonso Trio Denise Alonzo - soprano Matthew Wilsher - clarinet Magnus Gilljam- piano Moments of Calm Handel: Non lo diro col labbro (Tolomeo)                                With thee th'unsheltered moor I'd tread (Solomon)  Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock Schumann: Three Romances Op.94 for clarinet and piano Rebecca Clarke: Five Songs Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet Denise Alonzo, soprano  Denise studied music at Colchester Institute School of Music where she did a music degree.  She went on to complete an M.A. in Performance Arts at Middlesex University.  She has sung opera in Belgium, Italy and the U.K. and given various solo recitals in London and France.  She has appeared as soloist with The English Baroque Choir at St Giles Cripplegate and The Masting Singers in France. She has also performed in London's West End at The Queens Theatre and The Old Vic. Her  Operatic roles include Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Frasquita (Carmen), Lontulu (Red Rubber) First Lady (Magic Flute) and Atalanta (Xerxes). You can visit her website at www.denisealonzo.com  Magnus Gilljam, piano Magnus was born in Sweden and studied piano initially at the Academy of Music at Gothenburg University. In 1999 he came to the UK for post-graduate studies in accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is now based in London working as a freelance pianist and musical director. Magnus is a versatile musician and performs regularly as an accompanist in recitals around the UK and Europe. He works as a session pianist, repetiteur and vocal coach and has also appeared on radio, TV and film. During 2014-15 Magnus was touring the UK and internationally as musical director for the play The Events by Scottish playwright David Greig, working with over a hundred local community choirs taking part in the production. During his studies Magnus was awarded the Royal Swedish Academy’s Accompanist Award for three consecutive years, the GSMD Schubert Lieder Prize for accompanists, and the Titanic Memorial Award for accompaniment of English Song. Matthew Wilsher, clarinet Matthew graduated from the University of Bristol, where he was awarded the Thomas Beecham Scholarship and the JH Britten Award, and subsequently completed an Erasmus year abroad at the Conservatoire Jacques Thibault in Bordeaux. Currently studying for a performance Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, Matthew has worked with such esteemed conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Trevor Pinnock and Manuel Lopez Gomez, and has studied with Sir Andrew Marriner and Christopher Richards of the LSO, and Mark Van der Weil of the Philharmonia. He has also had the opportunity to perform with the Philharmonia and the London Sinfonietta in side-by-side schemes in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall. As a member of the wind quintet Moriarty Winds, Matthew has performed at Wigmore Hall and in Wimbledon International Music Festival and Surrey Hills International Music Festival. Admission free, suggested donation £8      ____________________________________________________________________ MARCH Sunday 12th March  4:30pm Sunday Recital Series Dana Hall School Chamber Singers (Massachusetts, USA) This outstanding girls choir perform a variety of music including classical works large and small, madrigals, show tunes, folk songs, popular music, jazz, modern a capella, and gospel. Consisting of  students in grades 9 – 12, the Dana Hall School Chamber Singers won 1st place in the 2012 National Association of Boarding Schools 1st Annual A Capella competition in Washington D.C.  The group performs annually at concerts and special events at the school, has done tours of Italy, Greece, Austria, Spain, and for eight years has been asked to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park for 35,000 spectators before games for the Boston Red Sox. Admission free, suggested donation £8      ____________________________________________________________________ Sunday 19th March  4:30pm Sunday Recital Series Gabriel Arnold - solo piano J.S.Bach: Partita No.1 B flat major W.A.Mozart: Sonata in A-major KV 331 F.Schubert: Sonata in B flat major Gabriel Emanuel Arnold is a most remarkable pianist. He has technique to burn, romantic appeal, style and elegance, and knows how to communicate with the public. He inspires as a musician, who can captivate his audience with his virtuosity and lyric sensitivity. Gabriel was born in 1981 in Switzerland. He received his first musical education at the boys choir of the St.Ursen Cathedral Solothurn. He studied from 1992 eight years piano at the Conservatoire de Genève with Alexei Golovine, then at the Academy of Music Basel, and 2004 - 2008 piano performance diploma at the University of Arts Berlin with Professor Klaus Hellwig. He performs regularly in his native Switzerland including at the prestigious Tonhalle Zurich in 2010, 2011, and in 2015 with three standing ovations. His international performances have taken him to England, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Taiwan and South Africa.  2011 Arnold’s Debut-CD was released, 2012 his second CD, 2014 his third CD featuring e.g. Beethoven’s sonata Op 111. Admission free, suggested donation £8      ____________________________________________________________________ Friday 24th March  7:30pm University of London Chamber Choir Handel: Dixit Dominus and music by Purcell. Tickets: £10 adult/£5 concession More information at www.ulchamberchoir.co.uk      ____________________________________________________________________ Sunday 26th March  4:30pm Sunday Recital Series Raehann Bryce (mezzo-soprano) Horacio López Redondo (piano) Water and Fire E. Chausson: “Chanson Perpetuelle” E. Elgar: “Sea Pictures” I. Albéniz: “5 Rimas de Bécquer” M de Falla: “El amor brujo” J. Serrano: “Qué me importa que no venga”, from the zarzuela “Los claveles” Hailed by the New York Times for her "striking mezzo soprano" and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "electrifying sense of fearlessness," Raehann Bryce-Davis joins the ensemble of Opera Vlaanderen in the 2016-17 season where she sings Nezhata in Sadko, Kristina in The Makropolus Affair, and Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer. Future seasons include joining Theater an der Wien for Wellgunde in Der Ring des Nibelungen. Last season, she participated in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program where she sang Eboli in selections from Verdi's Don Carlo and Santuzza from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. She was also a resident artist at Michigan Opera Theatre where she sang Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, and Ma Moss in The Tender Land. On the concert stage, Ms. Bryce-Davis recently joined the Aspen Music Festival with Maestro Steven Stucky for John Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Maestro Kent Tritle in a world premiere organ transcription at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Verdi’s Requiem with Marywood University, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with Maestro Philippe Entremont and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Durufle’s Requiem with Maestro David Thye, and Handel’s Messiah with Maestro Phillip Nuzzo and the Metro Chamber Orchestra. In 2013 Horacio López Redondo graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, and was Highly Commended in the “Christian Carpentier Prize” to the Best Piano Accompaniment Exam. In 2012 he won the Accompanist Competition as part of the Piano Festival “Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias” of Caernarfon, Wales. Also in 2012 he was awarded the Accompanist Second Prize at the “Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize”, held at the Royal Academy of Music. He also was the recipient of a number of awards between 2002 and 2003 in young musician contests in Spain, including the First Prize at the “XV Concurso de Jóvenes Intérpretes Ruperto Chapí de Villena” (Alicante). Since his arrival in London in 2010, Horacio has performed as an accompanist at some of the most prestigious UK venues, including Wigmore Hall, Blackheath Halls, St. James' Piccadilly, King´s Head Theatre and Southwark Cathedral in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral or The Venue at Leeds College of Music. Admission free, suggested donation £8      ____________________________________________________________________  
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