Music atT ST MARY'S PPerivale


Sunday 24 January 4.0 pm

Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church

Fenella Humphreys (violin)
Nicola Eimer (piano)

Lili Boulanger: Nocturne (3')

Sibelius: Sonatina Op 80 (11')

Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade in C minor Op 73 (13')

Beethoven: Violin sonata in C minor Op 30 no 2 (25')

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Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career focusing on chamber music and solo work.   Her playing has been described in the press as ‘amazing' (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder' (IRR).   She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, and German, Canadian, Australian and Korean radio and TV.   A champion of new and unknown music, a number of eminent British composers have written works for Fenella.   During 2014/15 she premiered a set of 6 new solo violin works by leading British composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with performances at Aldeburgh, The Forge, and St. Magnus and Presteigne Festivals etc.   She has been fortunate to record these works over 2 critically acclaimed CDs for Champs Hill Records, both discs chosen by BBC Music Magazine as Instrumental disc of the month (October 2015 and January 2017) with 5 Star reviews, and the second also picked as Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Described on BBC Radio 3's Record Review as an ‘absolutely exquisite album', and a Recommended Recording in the Strad Magazine, Fenella's new CD, ‘So Many Stars' with Nicola Eimer was released on Stone Records in the spring.   Her latest album, Max Richter's Four Seasons Recomposed on Rubicon Classics has been chosen as BBC Music Magazine's Concerto Choice, Scala's Album of the Week, and included in Apple Music's Classical A-List.   Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing. Her teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno, studying at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf graduating with the highest attainable marks. 

British Pianist Nicola Eimer has performed as a soloist and chamber music across Europe, Asia and America and has played at the major UK venues including the Barbican and Wigmore Hall. A graduate of New York's Juilliard School, Nicola held a Fulbright Scholarship to study on the Master's Prorgramme with Joseph Kalichstein. Nicola previously studied in London with Danielle Salamon, and then with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was subsequently awarded a Fellowship and then went on to be nominated an Associate of the Academy. Nicola's passion for chamber music has led to collaborations in duos as well as larger groups, and she won the 2002 Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Prize with the Eimer Piano Trio, as well as later winning the Piano Prize in the 2005 competition. She regularly performs with the Swedish violinist Johan Dalene, with whom she has recently made a number of BBC broadcasts as part of the New Generation Artists scheme. Nicola is regularly invited as a guest accompanist at international competitions, and has recently played for the Menuhin and the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competitions. In February 2019, Nicola's CD “So Many Stars” was released on Stone Records, with acclaimed violinist Fenella . It was described as “hugely rewarding” by The Observer; “an absolutely exquisite album” by BBC Radio 3's Record Review, and was The Strad's Recommended Recording that month, who said “the recorded sound combines warmth and immediacy with all the intimacy of a live performance, revealing Humphreys and Eimer at their stellar best.” Teaching is an important part of Nicola's musical life, and she has maintained a close connection with the Royal Academy of Music, teaching piano and chamber music at both Junior and Senior Departments. Nicola is also Head of Keyboard at Highgate School in London.



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