Sunday October 27th 3.00 pm
Alena Walentin (flute)
Niklas Walentin (violin)
Viv McLean (piano)
Eugene Goosens: Two Sketches Op 15
Chopin: Nocturne in G minor Op 37 no 1
Prokofiev: Flute Sonata Op 94
Ysaye: Sonata for solo violin in E minor Op 27 no 4
Ysaye: Sonata for solo violin in G Op 27 no 5
Mel Bonis: Trio for flute, violin and piano Op 59
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Alena Walentin (neé Lugovkina) (flute) was born in Moscow and studied at the Gnesins Special Music School, at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She won 1st Prize at the RAM competition “J&J Brough Prize”, as well as 1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” in Germany and 1st Prize at the British Flute Society's Competitions. She has performed at the most prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall, has toured throughout the world and has won several prestigious awards. She has recently played as a Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and has played with various other leading orchestras.
Niklas Walentin was born in 1994 of Danish and Swiss origin, and is currently studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He has won many prizes, scholarships and awards for his exceptional violin playing including 1st Prize in Jacob Gade Competition for young violinists, and the Gold medale in Berlingske Tidendes Classical Music Competition 2007. In 2012 he won second prize in the 9th Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition and was the first prize winner of the Copenhagen Summer Festival's Talent Prize 2012. He has played as a soloist with most of the Danish orchestras, and represented Denmark at several chamber music festivals. His first CD was released in 2014, and his seccond CD was released in 2015, with a recital in Weill Hall - Carnegie Hall. He also leads the Trio Vitruvi, who won the Danish Radio Chambermusic competition 2014.
Viv McLean (piano) , the winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona , has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan , Australia and the USA . He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 and recorded for Sony Classical Japan and Naxos , as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's own label. Viv lives in Harrow and has been a huge supporter of concerts at both St Mary's Perivale and St Barnabas in recent years.