Friday 17 December 7.30 pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME)
Indira Grier (cello)
Francis Grier (piano)
Debussy: Cello sonata (11')
Schubert: Sonata in A minor D821 ‘Arpeggione' (24')
Allegro / Adagio / Allegretto
Brahms: Cello sonata no 2 in F Op 99 (26')
Allegro / Adagio / Allegro / Allegro
Already the recipient of several international prizes, Indira Grier has recently completed a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music studying with Alexander Chaushian. Previously she was taught by Melissa Phelps and then by Troels Svane at the Musikhochschule Luebeck. Indira has won Making Music's 2019 'Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award', the 2019 RCM Unaccompanied Bach Prize, the 2018 RCM Concerto Competition performing the Elgar Cello Concerto and a Gold Medal in the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the UK and Europe and has participated in festivals such as Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and Wye Valley Chamber Music. She has also had masterclasses with David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Thomas Ades and Steven Isserlis. Indira is grateful for the support of the Hattori Foundation, the Countess of Munster Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Francis Grier used to be organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and gave the first ever Prom concert given over to a solo performer in 1985. He is now a composer and psychoanalyst, the Editor-In-Chief Elect of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis . In 2006 his Passion , commissioned by the BBC and VocalEssence in Minneapolis, was described by the Independent as "a work of vital attack, shivering beauty and compelling power...", and by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "a modern masterpiece." He was awarded a British Composer Award for his Missa Brevis (2011) for St Paul's Cathedral. As a chamber music pianist he has recorded with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, and has performed with Colin Carr, Louise Williams and Andrew Marriner – as well as with his daughters. In June 2018 the Choir of King's College Cambridge digitally released Lit by Holy Fire ; in September 2020 a CD was released of his organ music performed by Tom Winpenny at St Albans Abbey. The Rodolfus Choir have just released a new CD of music by Francis and John Tavener, and Stephen Farr is planning a new organ music CD, as well as premiering a new large-scale organ work based on the theme of All Saints.
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