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    Programme for Season 2016

    Martin James Bartlett

    Sophie Westbrooke

    Trio Isimsiz

     
    Sunday 3 April 2016 at 4pm

     

    Martin James Bartlett

    Piano

     

    Programme

    1. BEETHOVEN: Sonata in E flat, Op.31 No.3
    2. LISZT: Vallee d'Obermann (No.6 from Annees de pelerinage, premiere annee)
    3. interval
    4. SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat major Op. 90
    5. SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major Op. 90
    6. SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 4 in A-flat major Op. 90
    7. BARBER: Piano Sonata Op. 26
    8. WILD/GERSHWIN: Virtuoso Etude No.4 ‘Fascinating Rhythm’

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    At the age of 17, Martin James Bartlett was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2014. His winning performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3.

    Martin began his piano studies with Emily Jeffrey at the Royal College of Music Junior Department when he was 8 years of age, and then at the Purcell School also some 5 years later. This autumn, he commenced his undergraduate studies with Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, notably as a coveted Foundation Scholar. Martin also previously studied the bassoon and the recorder, achieving Grade 8 Distinction on all three instruments by the age of 12.

    Throughout these formative years, Martin enjoyed considerable success in numerous competitions and festivals. During his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Martin won the Gordon Turner Competition, the Teresa Carreño Competition, the Angela Bull Competition and the Peter Morrison Concerto Prize. He was several years running a top prize winner also in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival. In 2012, Martin was granted a Tsukanov Scholarship, which generously supported his final years of study at the RCMJD. During his time at the Purcell School, Martin won the Middle School Concerto Competition, the Freddy Morgan Competition, the Wigmore Competition (both solo and chamber) and the Senior School Concerto Competition. At the end of his studies at both RCMJD and Purcell, Martin was honoured to be awarded the prestigious Leaver’s Prize for Outstanding Musical Contribution, the Esther Coleman Prize and the Rosemary Rapaport Prize.  

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    Sunday 24 April 2016 at 4pm

     

    Sophie Westbrooke

    Recorder

     

    Accompanied by David Gordon on the Harpsichord

     

    Programme

    1. Lamento di Tristano and La Rota de La Manfredina - Anon
    2. La Tricotea, Tres Morillas, Enemiga le soy madre, Vamos Vamos a Cenar and Pensad ora ’n al from the Cancionero de Palacio - Anon
    3. Recercadas 1 and 2 - Diego Ortiz
    4. Amarilli Mia Bella - van Eyck
    5. Flow my Tears / Pavane Lacrymae - Dowland / van Eyck
    6. Sonata Prima - Dario Castello
    7. Sonata Representiva - H.I.F. Biber
    8. Marokawia’s Lament and Song of the Dancing Skunk from Moon Dances - Walter Mays
    9. The Alchemist and the Catflap; Tom’s Midnight Garden; Brandy for 4 - David Gordon
    10. Les Baricades Mistérieuses/Mysterious Barracudas - François Couperin/David Gordon
    11. Five on the Dice - Sophie Westbrooke
    12. A set of Brazilian choros: Chorinho pra Ele; Choro Moreno; Corta Jaca

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    Sophie began playing the recorder with her mother at the age of five, as a way of learning to read music to aid her violin and piano studies. She moved to formal lessons a year later and passed her Grade 8 at the age of nine. Sophie studies recorder with Barbara Law at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and often plays alongside 2012 BBC Young Musician Finalist Charlotte Barbour-Condini. In 2013 Sophie passed her ABRSM Performance Diploma with Distinction, and she has also gained distinction at Grade 8 on both piano and violin.

    Sophie was the second-ever recorder player to reach the Concerto Finals of the BBC Young Musician Competition, performing Gordon Jacob’s ‘Suite for recorder and strings’ arranged for chamber orchestra by David Knotts. Following the competition, Sophie has performed concertos with Henham Chamber Orchestra and National Youth Recorder Orchestra. This summer she toured Germany and Belgium as concerto soloist with the Lydian Orchestra.

    Sophie aims to expand awareness of the recorder through the performance of a wide repertoire of music from the medieval to the modern. She is experimental in interpretation, often using improvisation and different combinations of instruments to accompany her ever-growing collection of different instruments. A music scholar at Sevenoaks School, Sophie also participates in many choirs, orchestras and chamber groups. Her string quartet was chamber champion in the Pro Corda National Chamber Music competition 2014.

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    Harpsichordist, jazz pianist and composer David Gordon trained as a mathematician at Bristol University before turning to music full time, and he has since toured all over the world with various groups, including the gypsy tango band Zum, the baroque orchestra The English Concert, the piano-led jazz group David Gordon Trio and the early music/jazz group Respectable Groove, and has also toured with violinists Nigel Kennedy and Andrew Manze and singer Jacqui Dankworth. A self-taught jazz player, he has appeared on more than 20 CDs, both as composer, leader and sideman; this has also led to many of his works being broadcast on national radio both here and abroad, and to having compositions commissioned by festivals, publishers and fellow musicians.

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    Sunday 8 May 2016 at 4pm

     

    Trio Isimsiz

    Piano Trio

    Erdem Misirlioglu
    Pablo Hernán Benedí
    Michael Petrov

     

    Programme

    1. Schubert - piano trio no. 2 in E flat D929
    2. interval
    3. Dvorak - piano trio in F min. op. 65

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    The Trio Isimsiz was formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under the guidance of Louise Hopkins, Carole Presland and Alasdair Tait.  They have undertaken residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada and Mozarteum, Salzburg, and participated in masterclasses with Andras Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Menahem Pressler, Thomas Riebl, Wolfgang Reddick, the Gould Piano Trio and Takács Quartet. In 2015 the Trio attended IMS Prussia Cove working with Ference Rados.

    Concert highlights over the last year have included recitals at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Purcell Room, Sage Gateshead, Colston Hall, Brighton Dome, the Newbury Spring, Peasmarsh and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. They collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Richard Lester and Aleksander Madzar.

    Following a successful residency in Aldeburgh earlier this year, the Trio return for a recital in the Britten Weekend and a further residency in 2016.  They give recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Fundacion Juan March in Madrid and throughout the UK. Further afield they make their debut in New York.

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