Since becoming Honens Prize Laureate in 2012, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre. He was a BBC New Generation Artist 2014 to 2016.
His debut performance at the Wigmore Hall in 2014 was exceptional and his return there in May 2017 received equally rave reviews.
He made his Proms debut in 2016 performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 2, returning to the Proms in 2017 to perform a solo recital of works by Chopin and Scarlatti. Pavel's recording of Chopin Mazurkas, released in Autumn 2016 to worldwide acclaim, won a Diapason d'Or award and has since been included in Gramophone Magazine's list of the 50 greatest Chopin recordings. He has performed as a soloist as well as a concert artist with many major orchestras all over the world: USA, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Malta, South Korea.
"Intelligent programming and outstanding pianism came together in Pavel Kolesnikov's Wigmore Hall solo recital debut; one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while." Quoting a rare 5-star review from The Telegraph.
His programme includes works by Schumann and Schubert, with the second half dedicated entirely to wonderful impromptus, waltzes and mazurkas by Chopin.
Born in Dresden, Stephan Loges was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has given recitals throughout the world, including regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall, as well as the Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Konzerthaus, La Monnaie Brussels and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. He has sung in most of the main opera houses all over Europe. He also sings in Oratorios, for example, in 2017 he sang Handel's Messiah with the City of London Sinfonia in Salisbury Cathedral, as well as Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the LPO and Chorus in both London and Paris. He is an experienced recitalist who has worked with Malcolm Martineau on many previous occasions.
Malcolm Martineau performs in recital at all the major international concert halls and festivals with many of the world's best singers, including Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies and Anna Netrebko. Malcolm has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival and is also an award-winning recording artist. He was given an honorary doctorate in 2004 by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music; in 2009 he was appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment and in 2016 received an OBE. He is known by the singers he performs with for his remarkable empathy; being collaborative, sensitive, virtuosic and insightful.
The programme for the evening included Lieder from Franz Schubert; songs from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Rudolf Sieczyński, Franz Lehár and Kurt Weill; arias from operas by Mozart and Wagner
Imogen Cooper has been the President of the Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society since 2007, during which time the prestige of her association with us has helped to attract international artists of the highest level, as well as the most talented emerging musicians. In 2015 she established a Trust whose aim is to enable young pianists to work with her, having individual mentoring in a peaceful rural environment. A quote from her about this initiative:
"I would like to give back to a younger generation the generosity of time that Alfred Brendel and others gave to me."
To support Imogen in this, and to celebrate 10 years of having her as our President, we organised a special event aiming to raise enough money for the Trust to provide 2 bursaries. She played an exceptional programme for us.
After Imogen had finished the Beethoven Sonata we were delighted to hear an informal interview with her which took the form of a conversation with one of the committee in front of the audience. She spoke about her early years studying piano, her main influences, gave us insights about the composers and conductors she had worked with, the many collaborations she has done for song recitals with famous singers, as well as all the recordings she has made and much more besides. She then expanded on the aims and ethos of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. This was followed by a Question and Answer session directly with the audience. This exceptional evening of wonderful music played by a world-class pianist finished with a champagne reception and canapés where Imogen mingled with everyone, chatting and answering further questions.
All profits from the evening have been donated to the Imogen Cooper Music Trust, a registered charity.
Rosanna Ter-Berg's striking performances have led her to be described as 'super-charged' with 'unstinting virtuosity and personality'. She has performed across the UK and Europe in major concert venues, festivals and live on radio. Rosanna is an artist for numerous organizations including the Park Lane Group, Live Music Now and the Tunnell Trust. She was a participant on the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme 2014/2015.
In addition to Classical and Contemporary music, Rosanna is an improviser, music educator and also plays South American music. She enjoys collaborating with different ensembles, composers and blurring boundaries across the arts with dancers, actors, artists and puppeteers. Rosanna studied at Strasbourg Conservatoire and Trinity Laban where she graduated with Distinction in her MMus and the highest performance mark in her faculty; she was a finalist in Trinity's Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Competition. www.rosannater-berg.co.uk
Olivia Jageurs was brought up in Oxted and went to Hazelwood School, so she’s returning to home territory. She has since led a very varied life as a professional musician. Parallel to her classical repertoire which she has played at all of London’s major concert venues with most of the UK’s leading orchestras, she is resident harpist at The Orangery in Kensington Palace as well as the official harpist for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. She has played in an orchestral tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival and last year she also founded “15 second harp”; a website and instagram account to promote writing for the harp. Anybody can send in music and she will post a video recording online within 7 days. www.15secondharp.com
Pieces by Ibert, Donizetti, Debussy, Takemitsu, Piazzola, Scott, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Clarke, Gluck and Alwyn
Ellington is one of the originators of big-band jazz. He led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores covering a wide musical spectrum from Ragtime to Post-bop and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of Western music. The Pat Davey Quartet hope to provide a taste of the full arc of his artistic output within the intimacy and freedom of an improvising small group.
Patrick's playing career has taken him all over the world - New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Cape Town, etc. He is a vastly experienced session musician and also a highly proficient composer and arranger. He studied Jazz at Trinity College of Music where he received the Archer Scholarship. He has many years of experience teaching Drums and Ensembles and currently teaches at both the Academy of Contemporary Music and Trinity College of Music.
The line-up of the Quartet will be Pat Davey on drums; Andrea di Biase on double bass; Arthur Lea on piano; Jon Shenoy on saxophone and clarinet. These are all jazz musicians of international repute who have come together in a project specially created for our Music Society. I'm sure the evening will be just as exciting as it was when they came to O&LMS in April 2014 and it's bound to be another sell-out.
Ana Török - violin
Răsvan Dumitru - violin
Traian Boală - viola
Zsolt Török - cello
(with Amit Peled - cello)
Formed in 2006, while they were students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania, the quartet has performed across the world. Winners of the 2012 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the Arcadia Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.
Amit Peled, who joins the quartet for the Schubert Quintet, is an Israeli cellist and virtuoso. He plays Pablo Casals's 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello.
Their programme included:
"Their playing has such intensity… The result is an assault on the senses, piercing the heart of the music."
Polish-born Hanna Hipp studied at the Academy of Music in Gdánsk, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. She has sung at the last three Glyndebourne Summer Festivals. As a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2011 –13, she made her Royal Opera debut as Emilia in Otello and has since sung with the ROH in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Puccini's La Rondine, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Verdi's La Traviata.
The Neapolitan-born pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Now based in London, Emma is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
The evening's programme included:
Born in London 1992, Mishka Momen studied with Joan Havill and Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall School of Music. 1st Prize winner at the Dudley International Piano Competition in 2014 and with several other awards to her name, Mishka is now much in demand.
Chiara Enderle comes from a musical family in Switzerland. Studying in Zurich and Berlin, with Steven Isserlis being an important influence on her musical development. She has performed with orchestras in Switzerland and more widely in Europe. Her Wigmore Hall debut was in 2014.
Widely recognised as one of today's truly great pianists, Stephen Hough has been described by The Economist as "one of twenty living polymaths and a true Renaissance man - a leading concert pianist, writer, composer and painter, winning global acclaim for his outstanding interpretations of the piano repertoire."
This sell-out recital was an unforgettable evening for all those who attended. Stephen Hough's virtuosic programme comprised:
After rapturous applause, Stephen delighted us all with an encore; the beautiful Chopin Nocturne in E flat major, Opus 9, No. 2.
"Whatever Stephen Hough plays, he either distils its essence or finds something strikingly new to say about it." The Independent, April 2015
Award-winning clarinettist Matthew Scott and accompanist Daniel King-Smith will be performing, amongst other pieces, music by Schumann, Bernstein, Rossini, Sarasate, Finzi and Schubert. Matthew has performed at many London venues, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, King's Place, St. John's Smith Square and Eaton Square. He made his St. Martin-in-the-Fields solo recital debut in January 2015 and has continued with a busy series of solo and chamber recitals at music societies throughout the UK during 2015 and 2016.
This event is being sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme so we are able to offer advance sales at only £10 per seat, and the price includes an end of season reception after the concert.
Those who came to last year's CoMMT recital will undoubtedly remember the amazing performance given by flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg who also stayed on for the reception and totally charmed everyone she chatted to. We hope that you will enjoy Matthew and Daniel's company after the show as well.
Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society is one of the few societies in South East England to be included in the prestigious CoMMT Recital Scheme and your support of this additional event is much appreciated.
|Paul Pierne||Andante Scherzo|
|Robert Schumann||Drei Romanzen, Op.94|
|Heinrich Baermann||Adagio in D flat major|
|Leonard Bernstein||Sonata for clarinet and piano|
|Gioachino Rossini||Introduction, Theme and Variations|
|Johannes Brahms||Sonata in Eb major, Op.120 No.2|
|Jorg Widmann||Fantasie for solo clarinet|
|Pablo de Sarasate|
(arr. Nicolas Baldeyrou)
|Carmen Fantasy - Fantasie de concert sur des motifs de |
l'opera "Carmen" de Georges Bizet (Op.25/ca.1883)
Claire Martin has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene, winning numerous awards, including the British Jazz Awards six times. She has toured extensively throughout the world, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her world-class trio. She has been awarded an OBE for services to Jazz.
Joe Stilgoe is one of the world's finest singer-pianists, touring constantly with his band and as a solo act, appearing at jazz clubs and festivals around the world, as well as at Crazy Coqs for his very popular Sunday residencies.
Martin is the most gifted jazz singer England has produced in twenty years - The Sunday Times
Songs at the piano don't get much sharper than this. Whether Stilgoe's performing his own material or reshaping an old favourite - The Observer
Young Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes has been described as "destined for a glittering future". Since joining the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist Programme in 2013/15, he has covered numerous principal roles and stepped in at the last minute to perform as Chevalier de la Force on the opening night of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. In July 2015 he made his debut as Fenton in Falstaff, becoming the first Portuguese singer to perform a lead role at the Royal Opera House.
South African born James Baillieu studied in Cape Town and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, receiving the Christian Carpenter Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Appointed a Hodgson Junior Fellow in 2007 and a Professor of Piano Accompaniment in 2011, he is sought after as an accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist.
The first half of their programme consisted of wonderful Rachmaninov songs, followed by Three Petrarch Sonnets by Liszt. After the interval we were treated to arias from some of the great operas - Eugene Onegin, L'elisir d'amore, Falstaff, La bohème and Adriana Lecouvreur - although not necessarily in that order. The arias were followed by three songs by Tosti and one by Ernesto de Curtis. The evening closed with a well-deserved encore; 'Dein ist mein ganzes Herz' (You are my Heart's Delight) from the operetta 'Das Land des Lächelns' (The Land of Smiles) by the Austrian-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár.
Pablo Hernán Benedí: violin
Michael Petrov: cello
Erdem Misirlioğlu: piano
The Isimsiz Piano Trio was formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under the guidance of Louise Hopkins, Carole Presland and Alasdair Tait. Over the last year the Trio has given recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Barber Institute Birmingham, The Sage Gateshead, Brighton Dome, Colston Hall Bristol, the Lower Machen and Portsmouth Festivals.
The Trio played:
Martin Jackson: violin
Ciaran McCabe: violin
Ann Beilby: viola
Reinoud Ford: cello
Formed in 2008, the Cavaleri String Quartet has a reputation as one of the leading European string quartets. They won second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2014 and first prize at the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.
In 2011 they received the 'Special Prize' at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition. They have just completed three years as the Quartet in Residence at Oxford University and are Ambassadors for the European String Teachers' Association.
Their programme included:
Pascal Rogé is one of the great interpreters of French piano music; his name is simply synonymous with the best playing of French repertoire in the world today.
For several years, Pascal has enjoyed playing with his partner in life and in music Ami Rogé. They have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Kings Place, The Sage Gateshead, Angel Place Sydney, festivals in the U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Beijing, Lofoten (Norway) and Tuscany.
Their recent tour of Japan saw them perform the premiere of Ami Suite, a new piece for four hands, written especially for them by the Japanese-American composer Paul Chihara.
The programme included:
"Rosanna Ter-Berg and Leo Nicholson made a first-rate flute and piano duo, who shone in everything they touched." The Financial Times
Rosanna Ter-Berg is an exceptionally talented musician who has become one of the Britain's leading young flautists. She graduated with Distinction from Trinity Laban, where she met Leo Nicholson. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and has also played in some of the UK's most prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place and the Purcell Room, where she received a standing ovation and a number of outstanding reviews in the national press.
Leo Nicholson studied at the Purcell School, the Junior RNCM and Trinity Laban where he graduated with First Class Honours. He performs as a solo artist and in a piano trio but is also a much sought-after accompanist, primarily accompanying singers and wind instrumentalists. Rosanna and Leo formed their successful flute and piano duo four years ago.
Internationally renowned pianist, Hiromi Okada, was born in Obihiro, Japan. He studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and graduated with the highest honours. Entering three international competitions in 1984 (Barcelona, Tokyo and Pretoria), he won first prize in all three. Hiromi Okada then moved to London to study with Maria Curcio and made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1985.
Hiromi Okada performs and records regularly in Japan and Austria with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Piano Trio. His numerous recordings have attracted ecstatic reviews, with his recording of Yashiro's Piano Concerto receiving the Listeners' Award in the Record- Geijutsu magazine, the Japanese equivalent of Gramophone Magazine. He has performed at numerous international festivals including Mayfest (Glasgow), La Roque d'Anthéron (France), The Great Romantics Festival (Hamilton, Canada), Asian Music Week, Tokyo Summer Festival, Istanbul International Piano Festival and Philharmonic Week (Steinbach, Austria).
Yehudi Menuhin founded his remarkable school in1963 "to provide the environment and tuition for musically gifted children from all over the world, regardless of race, creed or financial background, to pursue their love of music, develop their musical potential and achieve standards of performance on stringed instruments and piano at the highest level."
Based since 1964 at Stoke d'Abernon near Cobham, the School has always had a flourishing string orchestra. Yehudi Menuhin considered it a vital part of the musical education offered to these exceptionally gifted young musicians, and he himself often directed the ensemble. Indeed he gave his last performance with the orchestra in Paris at UNESCO just weeks before his death.
Huw Wiggin studied at Chetham's and RNCM. In his final recital he received the highest mark ever to be awarded by the RNCM to a woodwind specialist. Huw's recent achievements include winning the Philip and Dorothy Green Award run by Making Music, winning the prize for 'Highest placed Woodwind or Brass Player' at the Haverhill Sinfonia Young Soloist Competition and winning the Concerto Competition at the Royal College of Music.
James Sherlock is an active recitalist and chamber musician and won the Royal Overseas League Piano Competition in 2010. They have performed as a duo, and as soloists in America, China, Malaysia and at a number of UK festivals, including Henley and Edinburgh. Major London venues they have played at include the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. The duo offers a diverse repertoire from original saxophone compositions through to contemporary works.
Zara Benyounes - violin
Emily Holland - violin
Tetsuumi Nagata - viola
Kim Vaughan - cello
Winners in 2012 of the 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest, the Benyounes Quartet is gaining a reputation as one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful young quartets to have emerged from the UK in recent years.
Formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Benyounes Quartet went on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society's prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship, funding their studies with Professor Gábor Takács-Nagy at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, winning the conservatoire's esteemed Prix d'Exellence.
Imogen Cooper needs little introduction. Recognized worldwide, she has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. During 2014 she has performed concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra and Jane Glover, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder. She will play solo recitals in the USA, UK and Holland, including completing a cycle of Schubert's solo works at the Wigmore Hall.
Imogen Cooper received a CBE in 2007 and an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the following year. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1999 she was made a Doctor of Music at Exeter University. For 2012-13 she was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford.
Roderick Williams - baritone
Gary Matthewman - piano
The Great War in English Song
Just 3 days before the centenary of the start of the First World War the Society arranged a special commemorative recital entitled 'The Great War in English Song' performed by Roderick Williams, one of this country's leading baritones, accompanied by Gary Matthewman.
The programme, specifically devised by Roderick Williams, contained songs about the tragedy & pain of war written by a wide spectrum of composers who combined their music with very moving words written mainly by poets active around the end of the 19th Century and the first half of the 20th Century. Beginning with the song cycle by George Butterworth, 'Six Songs From A Shropshire Lad' with words by A E Housman, the recital progressed through the different themes: Turn of the Century Empire, The Storm Clouds Gather, In the Trenches, The Noble Spirit in Adversity, Counting the Cost, Dead Poets Society, Survivors and finally, Legacy. The Society is very proud to have presented this exceptional recital given by these two internationally renowned performers.