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    Programme for Season 2017

    Alexander Ullman

    Jess Gillam

    Castalian Quartet

     
    Sunday 9 April 2017 at 4pm

     

    Alexander Ullman

    Piano

     

    Programme

    1. JS Bach - Toccata in C minor BWV911 (1714)
    2. Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 6 in F, Op. 10 No. 2
    3. Liszt - Transcendental Etude No. 11 : Harmonies du soir, S.139
    4. Schumann - Papillons, Op. 2
    5. Stravinsky - Three transcriptions from “The Firebird” (trans. Guido Agosti, 1928)
    6. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Piano Suite (trans. Michael Pletnev 1978)

     

     



     

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    Born in 1991 in London, Alexander Ullman studied at the Purcell School of Music with William Fong, and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Leon Fleisher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Robert McDonald. In 2014 he was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT)and he completes his Masters in performance at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev.

    Some of the works in his programme are in preparation for his participation in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in June.

    During his studies Alexander has won numerous awards at international competitions including 1st Prize at the International Competition in Memoriam Ferenc Liszt (2012), the Lagny-sur-Marne International Competition (2013), the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (2012), and 2nd Prize at the Isidor Bajic Memorial International Competition (2014).

    He has given concerts throughout Europe, Asia and America, taking him to venues and festivals in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark and India. Recent engagements include a tour of China and recitals at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Archive Nationales (Paris), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, the Festival Pontino & Teatro Rossini (Italy), La Jolla Arts Festival (California), and concerts in the UK, Spain, Germany and France with the Dover Quartet.   Read more...


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    Sunday 23 April 2017 at 4pm

     

    Jess Gillam

    Saxophone

    Piano Steve Lodder

     

    Programme

    1. Pedro Iturralde: Pequena Czarda
    2. Dave Heath: The Celtic
    3. Jeremy Wall: Elegy for Trane
    4. Bela Bartok: Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csik
    5. Benedetto Marcello: Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D Minor
    6. Chick Corea Arr. John Harle: Selection from "Children's Songs"
    7. Claude Debussy: Syrinx
    8. Maurice Ravel: Piece en forme de Haberna
    9. Peter DeRose arr. Rudy Wiedoeft: Deep Purple
    10. John Williams: Escapades
    11. Phil Woods: Sonata For Alto Sax And Piano (First Movement)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    18 year old saxophonist Jess Gillam from Ulverston, Cumbria, began playing saxophone 11 years ago, aged 7.

    In 2016, Jess made history as the first ever saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year and after competing in the Semi Final, she reached the Grand Final where she performed a concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican to critical acclaim.

    Jess was also recently awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards presented by Melvyn Bragg. She has a busy performance schedule and has made a guest appearance with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and has performed as a concerto soloist with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra (in the same series as Nicola Benedetti, Emma Johnson and Julian Bliss). Upcoming concerto highlights include performances with the Southbank Sinfonia and the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

    Recently, Jess was the youngest of 2,600 delegates to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg. She performed a recital consisting entirely of world premieres by some of the world’s leading saxophonists: Barbara Thompson, John Harle and Rob Buckland as well as one of her own compositions.

    Jess commenced her undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music this September, and performance recitals and concertos throughout the UK. This year, Jess is proud to be the Young Ambassador for the Ulverston International Music Festival.

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    Steve Lodder is a keyboardist, composer, and organist. He played piano as a child and took up organ at age 14. He studied organ at Gonville and Caius College, and after completing his studies he taught music and wrote for film and television.

    Lodder became active in jazz music, playing with Maggie Nicols, John Etheridge, Harry Beckett, and Dierdre Cartwright.[1] He toured with George Russell in the 1980s, and in 1989 accompanied Carol Grimes; later that year he toured with Simply Red.

    Since 1989 Lodder has worked with Andy Sheppard, on several projects (including Soft on the Inside, Co-Motion, Inclassifiable, and 20th century Saxophones). He plays synthesizer on some of Sheppard's work. He has led his own small ensembles since 1992. In 1994 he accompanied Ernestine Anderson and worked with Brazilian ensemble Nois.

    From 1995 Lodder worked with Paul McCartney on his Standing Stone composition, which was premiered and recorded in 1997. In 1996 he recorded on church organ with saxophonist Mark Ramsden. He returned to tour with George Russell from 1997, and was with Carla Bley in 1998 for performances of Escalator Over the Hill. His first release under his own name was 2001's Bout Time 2.

    A founding member of the ‘Zappatistas’,an outfit led by John Etheridge that reworks the catalogue of Frank Zappa, with arrangements mostly by Steve. Other notable projects include ‘Above the Clouds’ with Mark Ramsden,‘Threeway’, a trio with trumpeter Steve Waterman and bassist Ben Crosland,touring and recording with the Sardinian singer Filomena Campus, drummer Dylan Howe’s Subterraneans,and Alison Rayner’s 5tet. Over the last 10 years Steve has had 3 books published;one on the ‘70’s output of Stevie Wonder,one on the Hammond organ and it’s players,and the latest, the ‘Keyboard Handbook’, [with Janette Mason]. A solo piano album,’...tied up with strings’, was released Nov 2014 on the Sospiro noir label.

     


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    Sunday 7 May 2017 at 4pm

     

    Castalian Quartet

    String Quartet

    Sini Simonen - Violin
    Daniel Roberts - Violin
    Charlotte Bonneton - Viola
    Christopher Graves - Cello

     

    Programme

    1. Haydn : String Quartet in D, Op. 76, no. 5
    2. Brahms : String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67
    3. Beethoven : String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No. 2 "Rasumovsky"

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Masters. They have also worked with Thomas Brandis, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Rowland-Jones and members of the Endellion Quartet.

    The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. Over the last three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions including 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition (where they were the only European quartet to progress to the live rounds), 1st Prize and three special awards at the 2015 Lyon International Competition, and in 2013 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition. In 2016 they were selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).

    The Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe. Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung Mittagskonzerte in Hannover, Quartetaffairs in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), the Festival de Musique de Conques in France, Festival Autunno Musicale near Naples and Turin Chamber Music Series. In 2017 they return to Aldeburgh and will be Artist in Residence at the Festival Musique d'Été à Suzette near Avignon. They continue to give recitals throughout the UK.

    Highlights over the last two years have included recitals at the Heidelberger Frühling Quartet Festival, the Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano, the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar and NDR Concert Hall in Hannover. In the UK the Quartet has appeared at Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh, the Cheltenham Festival broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Lake District Summer Music, Peasmarsh Festival, Purcell Room and Kings Place. Further afield the Quartet toured China in 2013, under the auspices of the British Council. They have collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, the Chilingirian Quartet and Simon Rowland-Jones.

    The Quartet has been the beneficiary of awards from the Royal Over-Seas League (2011 Elias Fawcett Trust Award), the Countess of Munster Trust, the Tunnell Trust, the Royal Philharmonic Society (2016 Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize), St. Peter's Eaton Square, Kirckman Concert Society and Mozarteum de France.

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