Thursday 25 November 3.00 pm
Fenella Humphreys (violin)
Viv McLean (piano)
Bruch: Romance Op 42 (10')
Grace Williams: Violin Sonata (16')
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (15')
Ruth Gipps: Evocation (5')
Ravel: Tzigane (10')
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.
Described by Le Monde as "possessing the genius one finds in those that know how to forget themselves", since winning First Prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, British pianist Viv McLean has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the RPO, Philharmonia Orchestra, LPO, English Chamber Orchestra, Halle, BBC Concert Orchestra & the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Daniel Harding, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis, Rebecca Miller and Marvin Hamlisch. Viv has collaborated with groups such as the Leopold String Trio, Ensemble 360, the Ysaye Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, members of the Elias, Allegri, Carducci and Tippett Quartets, and artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, David Le Page, Adrian Brendel and Mary Bevan. Viv has appeared at many festivals including the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Festival des Saintes in France, Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Cheltenham International Festival in the UK. He has recorded for Sony, Naxos, Nimbus, Stone Records, RPO Records and ICSM Records. Viv has also recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland. He lives in Harrow and has been a huge supporter of concerts at St Mary's Perivale in recent years.
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