Music Programme
Saturday 21 June
12.45pm ~ Family Concert
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Other Wild Tales
Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Little Wolf Gang – Martin Maudsley storyteller, Edward Jay accordion, David Adams bassoon and Fiona Barrow violin translate Prokofiev’s brilliant score into a thrilling theatrical interaction between live music and storytelling to enchant the whole family and introduce a new generation to this masterpiece.

‘These musicians are 5-star performers!’ Edinburgh Fringe


7.45pm ~ La Bohème Nevill Holt Opera
Supported by Investec Specialist Bank and Asset Manager

A concert performance of Puccini’s drama from Nevill Holt Opera. Nicholas Chalmers conductor with Katie Bird soprano (Mimi), Tereza Gevorgyan soprano (Musetta), Pablo Bemsch tenor (Rodolfo), Toby Girling baritone (Marcello), Alexander Robin Baker baritone (Schaunard), Ross McInroy bass (Coline) and the orchestra and chorus of Nevill Holt Opera.
In its second year of independent production, Nevill Holt Opera is unique in its focus on the best of young British talent. Young singers from the debut season in 2013 have already been engaged by English National Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House for forthcoming seasons.
The artistic director of Nevill Holt Opera, Nicholas Chalmers, conducts productions for Northern Ireland Opera and is also artistic director of Second Movement Opera Company. From 2008 until 2011 Nicholas was Assistant Chorus Master of English National Opera. Recent and future engagements include The Flying Dutchman, The Bear, Noye's Fludde (Shanghai July 2013) Macbeth, The Magic Flute, Salome (Beijing Music Festival – Oct 2014 and NI Opera – January 2015). Nicholas won Best Opera – Irish Times Theatre Awards for Tosca, was nominated for Best Opera for The Turn of the Screw and Achievement in Opera for The Flying Dutchman (UK Theatre Awards).

‘Nevill Holt Opera excelled in every single department’ Opera Now

Sunday 22 June
7.45pm ~ Maria Friedman with Jason Carr
Lenny & Steve: The Music of Bernstein and Sondheim
Supported by the Jacqueline and Michael Gee Charitable Trust

Maria Friedman and her musical director Jason Carr explore the genius of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (of whose works Maria is renowned as one of the foremost interpreters) in their critically acclaimed show.
In 2013 Maria Friedman made her directorial debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory with a sell-out production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along which won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. After a sell-out extended run, it transferred into the West End.
Jason Carr has composed incidental music for more than 50 plays. He has accompanied many singers including Michael Ball and Dame Felicity Lott and his long association with Maria Friedman includes her Olivier Award-winning show, By Special Arrangement and the CD, Maria Friedman sings the Great British Songbook.

Monday 23 June
12.45pm ~ Cello and Piano Recital
Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Adi Tal cello and Nadav Hertzka piano. Mendelssohn Song Without Words for Cello & Piano Op 109; Fauré Après un Rêve; Schumann Adagio & Allegro Op 70; Saint-Saëns The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals; Stravinsky Suite Italienne.
Winner of the Muriel Taylor Cello Prize and the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists, Adi Tal is emerging as one of the most dynamic young cellists of her generation. She made her solo debut at the age of 12 with Israel Chamber Orchestra, and has since performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, and Herzliya Chamber Orchestra.
Nadav Hertzka studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and the Shanghai Conservatoire.


7.45pm ~ Endellion String Quartet
with Michael Collins

Supported by Pamela Fulton & Kate Munday

Andrew Watkinson violin, Ralph de Souza violin, Garfield Jackson viola and David Waterman cello with Michael Collins clarinet. Haydn Quartet in B flat Op 55 No 3; Bartók Quartet No 6; Mozart Clarinet Quintet.
'Arguably the finest quartet in England' as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians described it, the Endellion celebrates its 35th year this season. Last year the quartet performed the Beethoven cycle over six concerts at the New York Met followed by concerts in South America, Canada and Europe. In November Warner Classics released Britten’s String Quartets, Nos 1, 2, 3 & 3 Divertimenti, in a new version by the Endellions, who continue their prestigious residency at Cambridge University.
Clarinettist Michael Collins is much in demand as a soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras. He received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2006, recognising his role in expanding the repertoire of his instrument, giving premières of works by John Adams, Elliott Carter, Brett Dean, Marc-Anthony Turnage, Elena Kats-Chernin and others. He also highly regarded as a conductor, becoming principal conductor of the City of London Sinfonia in 2010.

Tuesday 24 June
12.45pm ~ Harp Recital
Supported by the HGS Residents Association

A recital by the joint winners of the first prize in the Camac Harp Competition at the 2014 North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance, Klara Woskowiak and Elizabeth Bass, who are both students at the Royal Academy of Music.


7.45pm ~ Llŷr Williams Piano Recital

Haydn Piano Sonata in C major Hob XVI 50; Schubert Four Impromptus D899; Chopin Fantasie in F minor Op 49; Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.
Llŷr Williams has worked with major orchestras around the world, appears at the BBC Proms in London and has given many remarkable performances at the Edinburgh Festival.
Highlights this season include recitals at the Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, St George’s Hall in Liverpool and three solo Beethoven programmes at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in the USA. This year he will also be performing complete Beethoven Piano Sonata cycles at major UK venues and begin a three-season collaboration with the Elias Quartet. His recordings on the Signum Label include the 2010 solo CD of music by Mussorgsky, Debussy and Liszt and the 2012 disc devoted to Liszt. Also recently released is a live CD from the 2012 East Neuk Festival, the Fife festival where Llŷr is a regular performer, containing Beethoven’s Op109 and Op110 sonatas, available at http://www.eastneukfestival.com/.

‘Williams combined virtuosic brilliance with his penetrating insight’ The Guardian

Wednesday 25 June
12.45pm ~ The Françoise-Green Piano Duo
Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Mozart C major sonata K451; Schubert Grand duo D812. Antoine Françoise pianist-composer and Robin Green pianist-conductor, both winners of the Royal College of Music contemporary piano prize, began their collaboration in 2008. They have since given performances at a number of European festivals and have been responsible for more than 30 world premières. Last year, they won the Royal Overseas League Competition for chamber music and are currently resident pianists for the conducting programme at the RCM.


7.45pm ~ The Barbican Piano Trio and Friends
Supported by Godfrey & Barr

Barbican Piano Trio (Sophie Lockett violin, Robert Max cello, James Kirby, piano) and Friends (Beatrice Philips violin and James Boyd viola). Schubert Adagio and Rondo for Piano Quartet D487; Taneyev Quintet in G minor Op 30; Schumann Quintet in E flat Op 44.
In its 26 years, the Barbican Piano Trio has established a reputation with performances across four continents enhanced by broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and the World Service as well as on TV and radio in the USA and Europe.
Sophie Lockett joined the Trio in 2009 and enjoys a wide performing career which includes playing with the LSO and the Hallé and with McFly and Alison Moyet. Robert Max’s career combines solo performances, chamber music, conducting and teaching. He has performed concertos with the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Sinfonia and others.
James Kirby performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and Europe. James studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and returns to perform in the former Soviet Union every year.
Beatrice Philips leads a number of ensembles and has given performances of concertos by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Sibelius, Bruch and Tchaikovsky with orchestras throughout the UK.
James Boyd, a member of some of the country’s foremost ensembles, formed the London Haydn Quartet whose recordings of Haydn have won critical acclaim. He also plays in the Ludwig String Trio and recorded the complete Beethoven trios in 2013.

Thursday 26 June
12.45pm ~ Schools Concert
The Sound of Strings
Supported by the HGS Residents Association

The Nonesuch Orchestra (patron Julian Lloyd Webber) with Robert Hodge conductor and Jennifer Thorn leader.
A feast of music from different times and places which will include works by Finzi, Nordgren, Dag Wiren, Mussorgsky and Holst.


7.45pm ~ Handel's Esther
Supported by Rathbones

The Elia Ensemble & Choir, with soloists, chorus and orchestra conducted by Theo Bamber, perform Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Esther (oratorio). Introduced by the Ensemble’s patron, Professor Lord Robert Winston.
The Elia Ensemble, formed in 2012 by Theo Bamber, is made up of some of the country’s most exciting emerging artists. Performing on period instruments, the group explores the techniques of historical performance, applying them to repertoire ranging from Boyce to Mozart.
Theo Bamber director/harpsichord studies singing at the Royal College of Music. Past performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 6th Symphony.
Rowan Pierce soprano (Esther) is a Scholar at the RCM where she has won the Van Someren-Godfery Prize. Last year’s engagements included a performance with the Royal Northern Sinfonia as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Sage, Gateshead.
Mark Dobell tenor (Ahasuerus) has worked as a soloist throughout Europe and North America with world-renowned conductors. This season will include Monteverdi’s Vespers at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, which will be recorded for BBC TV. Mark is a member of The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and The Orlando Consort.
Tristan Hambleton bass-baritone (Haman) is a member of the Opera School at the Royal Academy of Music and has been establishing himself as a recitalist and concert singer appearing with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé and the London Mozart Players. On the opera stage his performances include Figaro, Re di Scozia in Handel’s Ariodante and Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Friday 27 June
12.45pm ~ Tom Winpenny Organ Recital –
In the Free Church
Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Tom Winpenny plays a selection of works by Bach, Handel, Vierne and Jongen. Tom is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral.

Tom Winpenny displayed his sensitive musicianship over and over again...a stylish virtuoso performance’ The Diapason


7.45pm ~ Tasmin Little violin
with Piers Lane piano

Schubert Duo Sonata in A major, op 162; Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending; Ravel Pièce en forme de Habanera; Richard Strauss Violin Sonata in E flat major.
Violinist Tasmin Little has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and has given numerous world premières. Her 2011 recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto and that of the Britten concerto, released last May, met with enormous international critical praise. She continues her long-standing partnerships with pianists Piers Lane and Martin Roscoe, with whom she will record two recital discs this season.
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has been a soloist five times at the BBC Proms and recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premières of Carl Vine’s 2nd piano concerto, written for him, and a sell-out performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes at the Wigmore Hall. His discography includes the complete Preludes and Etudes by Scriabin and complete collections of concert etudes by Saint-Saens, Moscheles and Henselt. His solo recording, Piers Lane goes to Town, was released on the Hyperion label last September.
‘Tasmin Little plays with cherishable insight, her tone beguiling in its lustrous glow..’ Classical Ear.


Saturday 28 June
12.45pm ~ The Musical Mystery Tour
Supported by the HGS Residents Association

The Musical Mystery Tour is a fun hour with early and traditional music specialists Lucie Skeaping – presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show – and Roddy Skeaping. It explores the history of music from primitive times to Mozart with jokes, play-acting, participation and a host of musical instruments from the rebec to the bum fiddle.

'The Musical Mystery Tour will have you stamping your feet and singing. Don’t miss it’ Time Out


7.45pm ~ Keith Ball and his Jazzmen:
A Tribute to Kenny Ball

Supported by Pentland

Kenny’s son, Keith Ball leads the late legendary jazzman’s band on a night of great trad jazz and memories.

Sunday 29 June
7.45pm ~ Last Night of the Proms
Supported by The Bertha Foundation

The London International Orchestra: Paul Bateman conductor; Vasko Vassilev violin and Lesley Garrett soprano.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major Op 35 and usual Last Night favourites.

Paul Bateman started his conducting career in the West End with shows Barnum, Singing in the Rain and The Phantom of the Opera and has since conducted recordings and concerts with the some of the world’s great orchestras. He has regularly conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Filmharmonic and Film Music Gala concerts. In 2012 he conducted Lesley Garrett’s album A North Country Lass.
Vasko Vassilev studied in Sofia, the Moscow Conservatoire and London winning prestigious international competitions along the way. At 23 he became the youngest leader and first ever concertmaster of the Royal Opera House, where he continues to work as a creative producer. He has worked with a variety of leading musicians including Placido Domingo, Sting, Ronnie Wood, Vanessa-Mae, Paco Pena, and Erasure.

Lesley Garrett CBE is one of Britain’s most popular sopranos. She has won critical acclaim for her international opera performances. She has been a regular guest artist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms and television and radio have brought her to a wider audience, as has her recording career, which includes 14 solo CDs.

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PHOTO CREDITS: Endellion String Quartet & Michael Collins (c) Eric Richmond; Llyˆr Williams (c) Evy Ottermans; Robert Hodge & Jennifer Thorn (c) Clare Glenister; Tasmin Little (c) Benjamin Ealovega; Piers Lane (c) Eric Richmond
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