The season begins with a dramatic and virtuosic programme in celebration of our return to the stage. Sisters Miranda and Caroline both studied at the Royal Academy of Music and are widely celebrated as international orchestral, concerto, recital and recording artists. As firm favourites with our audience, it’s only fitting that they’re joined by our Artistic Director to launch the new series.
It’s a great pleasure to welcome Joseph, whose concert in 2020 was postponed. He’s a multi-prizewinning artist, highly acclaimed and much in demand. He’s joined by Yoanna (from the Barbican String Quartet) not only for this recital, but also in a recording of the Brahms trio which was hailed by Classic FM as their ‘Album of the Week’ – ‘Twilit poetry’ (Gramaphone)
Sara was born and grew up in Kenya, but may be familiar to our audience as she’s much in demand as an orchestral leader and soloist in the area, and is the newly appointed Head of Strings at Marlborough College. The passion and grandeur of Beethoven is balanced by Grieg’s bright early sonata, influenced by folk music.
Renowned and critically acclaimed British soprano Claire has sung title and lead roles worldwide at esteemed opera houses such as Sydney, Santa Fe, ENO, WNO, Finnish and Beijing Festival. She won a Gramophone Award for Elgar’s The Kingdom (Halle) and was nominated for the ‘Maria Callas Award’ for her US debut at the Dallas Opera. An experienced recitalist, she brings her unique vocal colour and elegance to this intimate repertoire.
Philip Dukes is recognised as one of the world’s leading viola players – ‘world class’ (The Strad). In a career that has spanned over 30 years he is an accomplished performer, be it as a concerto soloist, a recitalist or chamber musician. As a winner of the coveted ‘European Rising Stars Award’ he made his European recital debuts in Vienna, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam, all to critical acclaim. Stunning playing not to be missed.
Paul continues our exploration of Beethoven’s chamber works this season with two of his most famous piano sonatas. These not only show the extremes of his emotional output, but also some of his most beautiful and refined melodies. “..intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise” (Richard Whitehouse) “A wise and sensitive pianist” (Gower Festival)
Paul Sheehan appears by kind permission of English National Opera. Having trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has a wide ranging career in opera and oratorio, with roles ranging from Figaro to Henry Higgins. He is a highly skilled recitalist and has programmed Beethoven’s ground-breaking, and Schumann’s masterful song cycles in this moving and emotional recital.
We are delighted to reschedule this exciting finale postponed from our 2019-20 season. Martin Owen is regarded as one of Europe's leading horn players, appearing as soloist and chamber musician all around the world. His playing has been described by the Sunday Times as ‘a luxury for the ear’. Brahms’ gorgeous Horn Trio is at the heart of this programme, and was the inspiration for Ligeti’s ‘Hommage á Brahms’ (for the same combination), which in turn was influenced by the opening theme of Beethoven’s piano sonata in Eb, ‘Les Adieux’.
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