Wednesday February 5th 2020 7.30 pm
Benjamin Wragg (violin)
Hugh Mather (piano)
Brahms: Scherzo in C minor
Brahms: Violin sonata in G Op 78
Jamal Aliyev (cello) Hugh Mather (piano)
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro Op 70
Brahms: Cello sonata in E minor Op 38
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Ben Wragg was born in London, and started learning the violin at the age of 3. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama junior department, The Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music London with Mateja Marinkovic and was then awarded a scholarship to study with Ruggiero Ricci. During this time he was winner of numerous awards and scholarships in addition to the Making Music Young Artists Award. Notable performances include televised performances in a UNICEF Gala Concert in the Residenz Munich and a concert for HRH Prince Charles at St. James's Palace. Ben is currently recording a series of solo violin works for both current and future release. Recent commercial CD releases include Ravel & Shostakovich Piano Trios with Ibuki Trio for Claudio Records. Ben has also recorded an album of folk inspired works for violin and guitar with Ahmed Dickinson. He has appeared live in solo performances and interviews for BBC Television, BBC Radio 2 and often on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. He also teaches at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and The Purcell School for Young Musicians, and has a considerable reputation as an outstanding teacher.
Jamal Aliyev was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he completed his Masters. He is currently undertaking an Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In 2017 Jamal made his BBC Proms debut and won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2017 and Concerts Artists Guild in New York in 2019. Over the last year Jamal has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and the Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar of Venezuela. Highlights this season include performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tomsk Philharmonia, the latter as part of the Trans-Siberian Festival. He gives recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall, and records with Fazil Say.
Hugh Mather (piano) studied the piano and organ from an early age, gaining the FRCO and the ARCM piano performers diplomas. He pursued a medical career and was Consultant Physician at Ealing Hospital from 1982 to 2006. He studied piano with James Gibb for many years, and has given countless concerts in West London as concerto soloist, recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has organised over 1500 concerts since 2005 at St Mary's Perivale and St Barnabas Church.
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