Wednesday March 4th 2020 7.30 pm
Concert organized by City Music Foundation
Tom Millar (jazz pianist)
A selection of jazz standards and contempary jazz tunes
Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) Natalie Burch (piano)
Clara Schumann: 6 Lieder Op 13
Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben Op 42
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Tom Millar is a London-based jazz pianist, composer and bandleader. He read Music at King's College, Cambridge, and then studied Jazz Piano and Composition for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and later with Django Bates in Berne, Switzerland.Since his quartet's debut album release, Unnatural Events, in 2017, he has taken the band on a 20-date UK tour, and received extensive radio play including BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and London Jazz Radio. He was made a City Music Foundation Artist in 2018. Previous awards include an ‘Emerging Excellence' Award from Help Musicians UK etc. Venues where he has performed include the Wigmore Hall, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Vortex, 606 Club, the London Jazz Festival, Jazzwerkstatt Festival Berne, KKL Lucerne, and Paul Klee Centre, Berne. He toured England and Wales with the Lyric Ensemble, performing the music of Michael Garrick; with Ollie Howell's quintet; with Duncan Eagles' quartet; and has recorded albums with Dimitri Howald's Ilja, the Tom Smith Septet and Andrew Linham Big Band. Further afield, he has played in the USA, Europe and Qatar. He played for the opening residency in Quincy Jones' first ever jazz club, Q's bar, at the Palazzo Versace, Dubai, during the winter of 2016/17.
Helen Charlston (mezzo soprano) is a young artist increasingly in demand in the UK and abroad. Recent concert highlights include debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Handel Messiah/Stephen Layton), Royal Northern Sinfonia (Mendelssohn Lobgesang/Paul McCreesh) and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona (Bach Matthew Passion/Gabrieli Consort and Players). Helen won First Prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition, was a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for 2017-19 and is a 2018 City Music Foundation Artist. This season she will make debuts with Academy of Ancient Music and Cambridge Handel Opera Company etc, as well as joining Fretwork for a solo recital programme at Wigmore Hall and York Early Music Christmas Festival. Often heard on BBC Radio 3 in live concert relays, Helen features on the recording of Bach B Minor Mass (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Trinity College Choir). She was head chorister of the St Albans Abbey Girls Choir. She was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge for four years, and a scholar on the Pembroke College Lieder Scheme, led by Joseph Middleton.
Natalie Burch (piano) studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was a fellow and gained her Masters with distinction. She is widely in demand as a collaborative pianist across London and the UK. She won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards at Wigmore Hall, was a finalist alongside 2nd Prize winner James Way at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a 2018 Britten-Pears, Leeds Lieder and Samling Artist.Much in demand as a song specialist she regularly collaborates with a number of award-winning artists. Natalie co-directs the multi-voice song ensemble, SongSpiel, and is resident pianist for Opera Prelude where she regularly plays for masterclasses given by eminent singers and teachers.
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