12 May London Conchord Ensemble
Emily Pailthorpe oboe Daniel Pailthorpe flute Julian Milford piano
Madeleine Dring Trio
Schubert Variations on Trockne Blumen D.802, flute & piano
Herbert Howells Sonata for oboe and piano
Rossini/Demersseman Fantasie on themes from William Tell
Tonight’s players are drawn from the London Conchord Ensemble which was formed in 2002 by internationally recognised young performers, including principal players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. They perform works written for small mixed combinations of strings, piano, wind and voice, with a repertoire which ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and mixes well-known masterpieces with new discoveries. The group’s particular passion is to bring to the fore works by well-loved composers which are seldom heard because of their unusual instrumental combination. Conchord made its Wigmore Hall debut in October 2002 and followed with a European debut at the Schleswig-Holstein festival. The group performs across the UK, Europe and North America and make regular live appearances on BBC Radio 3.
Conchord has a busy recording career, having already made several discs for Sanctuary Classics/ASV, Black Box and Quartz. Latest projects are Bach and Beethoven recordings for the Quartz label.
14 July The Farrington Ensemble
Tom Evans violin Peter Sparks clarinet Graham Walker 'cello Iain Farrington piano
Debussy Piano Trio in G major
Ravel Mother Goose Suite
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
The Farrington Ensemble was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2001 to perform the 60th anniversary of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Since then, the Ensemble has performed all across the UK with the most diverse repertoire. Winners of the Mortimer Award at the Royal Academy, the Ensemble has featured in festivals in Halifax and Windsor, and in such venues as the Bath Pump Rooms, the National Portrait Gallery and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Individually, these award-winning players have been members of the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and BBC orchestras and have performed at the Proms under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle. They have all broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and made recordings for the EMI, Nimbus, Chandos and Naxos labels.
8 September The Demon Barbers
Jeremy Birchall Steve Douse Anthony Scales Robert Scales Paul Thompson
“the funniest thing I have ever seen” Rowan Atkinson
Described as ‘a cross between the King’s Singers and Desperate Dan’ the Demon Barbers perform razor-sharp barbershop, 90° proof spirituals, funky folk and humorous original songs along with their own special arrangements of pop classics from the 30s to the present day. The Demon Barbers have appeared in concert and cabaret at music festivals, clubs, theatres, arts centres, Public Schools and company dinners, and are the only group to have made their South Bank debut in London Underground’s prestigious Waterloo and City line tunnel!
The group has performed extensively on BBC and Commercial Radio and Television, appearing on programmes such as TVS’s ‘No.73’, Jonathan Ross’ ‘Last Resort’, the BBC2 ‘DEF II House Party’ with Normsky, Brian Matthew’s ‘Round Midnight’ and Esther Rantzen’s ‘That’s Life’.
The Demon Barbers have made two commercial recordings, A Cut Above released in 1990 and A Close Shave completed in 1994 and on general release world-wide. The Music Retailers Association judged A Close Shave the best record in its class.
24 November Tasmin Little and Piers Lane
Brahms Scherzo from the ‘F-A-E Sonata’ for violin and piano
Schubert Fantasie in C, D934 for violin and piano
Ravel Sonata op. posth. for violin and piano
Elgar Sonata in E minor, op.82 for violin and piano
In addition to a flourishing career as violin soloist which has taken her to every continent of the world, Tasmin Little has further established her reputation as Artistic Director with her hugely successful “Delius Inspired” Festival, which was broadcast for a week on BBC Radio 3 in July 2006. The Festival, which comprised events ranging from orchestral concerts and chamber music to films and exhibitions, also reached 800 school children in an ambitious programme designed to widen interest in classical music for young people. As a concerto player, Tasmin’s performances in the 2005/2006 season took her to Sweden, Slovenia, Iceland, Denmark, Spain, Belgium as well as London; while her recent chamber music tours have ranged from a UK tour in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
Photo: David Crookes
She now play/directs orchestras such as Norwegian Chamber, Britten Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic. During her recent tour with Britten Sinfonia, her 1000th professional performance at London’s South Bank Centre resulted in the following review in The Independent: “The second half evinced an extraordinary quality of sharing, as you expect to find in a trio or quartet.... with both Little and Outram at the front for Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. Usually this work feels like a double concerto, but here the lead role passed around, with soloists determined to cooperate rather than compete. All the performers succeeded, not only in placing the work before its public but in drawing listeners into its heart”.
In 2006, Tasmin made her fourteenth appearance at the BBC Promenade concerts in a performance of the rarely heard Glasunov concerto. She continues to champion seldom-performed repertoire and during the 2006/7 season she will play Bruch's second violin concerto with the London Philharmonic, the Korngold concerto in Symphony Hall Birmingham and is one of the few violinists who have tackled Ligeti’s challenging violin concerto. Her 2003 tour with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, during which she performed the concerto at the Proms, Berlin, the Salzburg Festival, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Philadelphia, received unanimous critical acclaim (“the technical command was glorious” – The Guardian; “very beautiful” – Berliner Morgenpost; “a major violin talent” – Philadelphia Inquirer; “a formidable soloist” – New York Times). In 2006/7 she returns to the work when she performs it with the Göteborg Symphony and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In 2007, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edward Elgar, she will be performing his violin concerto on a major tour to South East Asia and Australia.
Her twenty-three recordings, with repertoire ranging from Bruch and Brahms to Karlowicz and Arvo Pärt have received great critical acclaim. Throughout her career she has performed with many of the world's great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic and with conductors including Masur, Rattle, Ashkenazy, Järvi, Slatkin, Rostropovich, Gatti, Rozhdestvensky, Otaka, Mackerras, Menuhin, Andrew Davis and Norrington.
Tasmin plays a 1757 Guadagnini violin and has, on kind loan from the Royal Academy of Music, the ‘Regent’ Stradivarius.
The outstanding Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career which has taken him to more than forty countries. Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with the London Philharmonic & Hallé Orchestras and recitals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Como, Hobart, Munich, Maastricht, Paris, Sydney and the Valldemossa Chopin Festival.
Following the success of his New York début he returned to the Lincoln Center for a recital and a concert with the American Symphony Orchestra and recent appearances include recitals in Amsterdam, Bremen, Brisbane, Melbourne, Singapore and Wellington. Earlier in 2006 he returned to the Wigmore Hall with an important three concert series entitled Metamorphoses.
A soloist at the BBC Promenade Concerts on five occasions, his concerto repertoire exceeds 70 works and he has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras. His extensive discography includes, on the Hyperion label, much admired recordings of Grainger, Bach transcriptions, and the complete Scriabin Preludes.
This concert is presented in collaboration with Adur Arts Forum as part of the Adur Arts Live Music and Arts Festival 2007.
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