Wednesday June 5th 7.30 pm
Julia Hwang (violin) Charles Matthews (piano)
Poulenc: Violin sonata
Beethoven: Violin sonata in G Op 30 no 3
The Fitzroy String Quartet
Jessica Coleman (violin)
Laura Custodio Sabas (violin)
Emily Pond (viola)
Michael Newman (cello)
Haydn: String quartet in D minor Op 76 no 2
Mendelssohn: String quartet in E minor Op 44 no 2
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Julia Hwang gave her professional solo debut with the English National Baroque Chamber Orchestra at the age of nine, performing Bach's Concerto in A minor. She recorded two CDs at the ages of eleven and twelve, and, also at the age of twelve, performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Julia has been a veteran of the concert stage for many years and her numerous solo appearances with orchestras internationally have led to an ever-increasing schedule of concerts both in the UK and abroad. Julia has appeared many times on live television and radio through the BBC and ITV and, in 2012, she was featured in a BBC4 documentary about the nation's favourite composition ‘The Lark Ascending' by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Her performance of this work was specifically chosen by the BBC to represent this timeless classic of the great British composer, and the documentary has been re-broadcast on many occasions due to popular demand. Her latest CD, recorded in collaboration with Signum Classics, will be released in June 2017. She studied at Clifton College Bristol and at St John's College Cambridge, and is now studying at the Royal College of Music.
Charles Matthews studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He won numerous awards, notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest. His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh's cycle The Well-Tempered Pianist. Recent engagements include solo performances in the UK and Spain, as well as duo recitals with flute, recorder, violin, 'cello and voice. He has performed for productions by the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, and recorded music used in various theatres in Spain. Charles is organist of St Catharine's Church, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, and also contributes to the Spire organ and electronics project. He works extensively with young people and acts as piano accompanist and organ tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Winners of the Beethoven Prize at the 2nd International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Fitzroy Quartet formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. They are currently ‘Associate Ensemble' at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where they are studying with Oliver WIlle. As of September 2017 they were invited to become artists on the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust where they are now receiving tuition from members of the Belcea Quartet. The quartet have received many awards and prizes including the St Peters Eaton Square Prize, the Wolfe Wolfinssohn Prize and the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize, they also reached the final of Royal Overseas League Competition in 2017. The quartet are gaining an international reputation and 2017 saw them perform across the world in the International Music Festival Goslar, Germany, Barcelona, Switzerland, Poland and South Africa where they were invited to the visiting international string quartet at the University of the Free State. The quartet have received masterclasses from many of the words leading chamber musicians including Garfield Jackson and David Waterman of the Endellion String Quartet, Levon Chillingirian, Martin Outram and Christoph Richter. They gave their Wigmore Hall Debut in 2017 and have also performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly and in the Egerton, Lake District, Musicale and Petworth Music Festivals. Their 2018 season will see them giving concerts across the UK, with further performances in France and the Isle of Coll. The quartet are kindly supported by Help Musicians UK.