Sunday May 16 4.0 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Joseph Spooner (cello)
Margaret Fingerhut (piano)
Schubert: Notturno in E flat D 897 (10')
Brahms: Piano trio in B Op 8 (37')
Rachmaninov arr. Mitchell: Vocalise (7')
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Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as 'one of the UK's liveliest musical forces' (and) ‘ foremost violinists'. Her performances as soloist and chamber musician in some 50 countries in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast including the BBC Proms, ABC, Bayerisher Rundfunk and Italian TV. She has given many recitals in major venues including Lincoln Center New York, Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre London, Vienna, Moscow, Singapore, Seoul Centre for the Arts and Sydney Opera House and performed as soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Czech Radio, St Petersburg Philharmonic and for the BBC, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in the concerto written for her by Guto Puw, included on her album Violin Muse of world premiere recordings by established UK composers. Mitchell's acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes works written for her by composers such as James MacMillan, the popular Violin Songs and an album with Howard Blake of his violin & piano music featured by Classic FM. Her recent Grace WiIliams Chamber Music album with her London Chamber Ensemble has been a great success and she is due to record her Violin Concerto with BBCNOW and to tour Japan in 2020 including Bruch Violin Concerto. A highly creative artist, Madeleine devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, and unique collaborations with choir, and solo violin with percussion - FiddleSticks and the eponymous album.
Joseph Spooner's performances and recordings have garnered high praise from audiences and critics alike. He came to the cello indirectly, via a degree in Classics at Cambridge, and a doctorate in Greek papyrology at London and Florence universities. During subsequent postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, he embraced traditional repertoire and developed a taste for contemporary and non-standard works. Since then, he has pursued a diverse career, principally as a soloist and chamber musician, and this work has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, and from the recording studio to concert platforms in Continental Europe, New York, Russia, Mexico and New Zealand. As a soloist, there have been performances of familiar and less familiar concertos (including Dvorák, Leighton, Korngold, Shostakovitch and Moeran); broadcasts from his recordings on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand; and recital series featuring the complete works for the cello by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch, and the Mighty Handful. Joseph has worked extensively as a chamber musician; regular collaborators include David Owen Norris and Madeleine Mitchell. His work with contemporary-music ensembles (notably Continuum and New Music Players) has included performances at major festivals (among them Huddersfield), broadcasts (BBC Radio 3, Channel 4), several premieres, and recordings of works by Errollyn Wallen and Roger Smalley. Joseph was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, and in 2013 was made an honorary member of the International Felix Draeseke Society. He is proud to be the dedicatee of Alwynne Pritchard's Danaides, Errollyn Wallen's Spirit Symphony: Speed Dating for Two Orchestras, and Martin Read's Troper Fragment. His instrument was made by Nicholas Vuillaume in c.1865
Margaret Fingerhut is regarded as one of the most poetic pianists of her generation. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the LSO, LPO, Philharmonia Orchestra, RPO, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican. She is often heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Her extensive and eclectic discography on the Chandos label has received worldwide critical acclaim, and her numerous discs reflect her long-standing fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire. Many have been selected as Gramophone Critics' Choice, and two of her Bax recordings were short-listed for Gramophone awards. Margaret formerly taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and she is now Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, as well as a Visiting Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire.
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