Charismatic Pat Davey, the highly acclaimed drummer, composer, arranger and session musician, has once again brought together a band especially for a gig with O&LMS. He will lead us through his personally created themed concert, celebrating a century of the influence that women have had on jazz. This will not only include jazz and blues classics as once performed by the female 'Greats' of jazz - Ella, Billie and Sarah - but will encompass less lauded but equally influential women who've worked as instrumentalists, composers, arrangers, lyricists and singers.
Pat has invited four of his regular musical collaborators to join him in this innovative project. The 5-piece line up will be the inimitable Pat Davey on drums, the tempestuous vocalist Kate Mullins, the formidably multi-talented Jon Shenoy on reeds, the brilliant Will Bartlett on piano and the fabulous Daisy George on bass. These top-flight jazz musicians can often be heard playing at Ronnie Scott's.
Kate Mullins tours around the world with the 1940s-inspired vocal harmony trio, The Puppini Sisters. She often flies in to perform with Jon Shenoy's band, King Candy and the Sugar Push.
Jon is one of the best multi-instrumentalists and composers on the current jazz scene.
Pianist Will Bartlett is also well known as a composer and educator. He has recently recorded an album with Kate who, in the past, has also recorded with Michael Bublé.
Daisy George is a bassist and composer who leads her own trio, also writing in a collaborative European project as well performing regularly as a sideman in various bands.
James Newby was the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award when he was also the recipient of the Wigmore Hall Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. James sang the role of Mercurio in La Calisto with La Nuova Musica and made his BBC Proms debut in 2016. He appeared in the 2017 Glyndebourne Summer Festival in La Traviata, Hamlet, Don Pasquale and La Clemenza di Tito, also winning their John Christie Award in 2017. Highlights include Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton, Oxford Lieder Festival and solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall. James was awarded the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's Rising Stars Prize for 2017/18 and continues performing with them as a soloist. In December 2017 he replaced Roderick Williams at 24 hours' notice at the Wigmore Hall. Another highlight for James is an extremely prestigious recital with Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton in November 2018.
Joseph Middleton specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music. He is Director of Leeds Lieder and collaborates with many of the world's finest singers such as Roderick Williams OBE, Sir Thomas Allen, Sarah Connolly DBE, Lucy Crowe, Wolfgang Holzmair, Christiane Karg, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott DBE, Christopher Maltman, Kate Royal and Simon Keenlyside C BE. Joseph is a regular performer in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Musée d'Orsay in Paris and London's Wigmore Hall. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 with Iestyn Davies MBE and Carolyn Sampson.
They will perform songs by Schubert, Barber, Quilter, Wolf and Fauré; also operatic arias by Mozart, Britten and Rossini. Some Cole Porter as well!
"Not only is Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula a fine pianist with great sensitivity and imagination, but he's also a major talent in composition. When he plays Bach, Chopin and Schubert, he does it with a composer's understanding."
Sir András Schiff.
Jean-Sélim is an accomplished Swiss musician performing at venues world-wide including the Royal Festival Hall, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Koerner Hall (Toronto), Sendesaal (Bremen), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels) and the Palau de la Musica (Barcelona). Festival performances include the Düsseldorf Schumannfest, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Luzerne Festival.
He has played in masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, Mitzuko Uchida, András Schiff and is the recipient of many awards in both piano and composition, including first prizes at the Edvard Grieg International Composer Competition, the Lausanne Concours d'Interprétation Musicale and Premi de Musica de Cambra Montserrat Alavedra. He was also awarded the 2015 Wigmore Recital Prize. He holds the 2014-15 Rebanks Family Piano Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and was invited by Sir András Schiff to give solo recitals across Europe as part of the Building Bridges concert series.
Jean-Sélim's programme will include Debussy's La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune; Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales; Franck's Prélude, Choral et Fugue; Chopin's Ballade No.4, Op.52; Schubert's Six Moments Musicaux.
"An uncommonly poetic musician….." The New York Times
The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music and now, two decades on, are firmly established as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. Their journey through the complete Beethoven string quartets has captivated live audiences globally and is recorded on the Wigmore Hall's own CD label.
"The lyrical third movement was played so majestically that it moved this critic to tears, the human longing of Beethoven's prayer being played with such sensitivity and vulnerability. It is hardly ever the case that gratitude is the lasting impression of a concert, but this is one of them."
The Glasgow Herald
The Elias String Quartet played in the 2017 BBC Proms and are known at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Carnegie Hall and the Washington Library of Congress. In 2018 they returned to the USA for two months before going on to France, Portugal, Sweden and Austria.
For O&LMS the Elias Quartet has chosen a selection from Bach's 'The Art of Fugue' BWV 1080; Mozart's String Quartet No.17 in B-flat major, K.458 known as 'The Hunt' and is the fourth of the quartets he dedicated to Haydn; Schumann's String Quartet in A major, No.3, Opus 41; and we will also hear a selection of Scottish folk songs especially arranged for string quartet by Donald Grant, who is a founder member of the Elias String Quartet.
The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.