Wednesday February 5th 2020 7.30 pm
Concert in memory of Mary Agnew
Benjamin Wragg (violin)
Hugh Mather (piano)
Brahms: Scherzo in C minor
Brahms: Violin sonata in G Op 78
Jamal Aliyev (cello) Hugh Mather (piano)
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro Op 70
Brahms: Cello sonata in E minor Op 38
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Ben Wragg was born in London, and started learning the violin at the age of 3. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama junior department, The Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music London with Mateja Marinkovic and was then awarded a scholarship to study with Ruggiero Ricci. During this time he was winner of numerous awards and scholarships in addition to the Making Music Young Artists Award. Notable performances include televised performances in a UNICEF Gala Concert in the Residenz Munich and a concert for HRH Prince Charles at St. James's Palace. Ben is currently recording a series of solo violin works for both current and future release. Recent commercial CD releases include Ravel & Shostakovich Piano Trios with Ibuki Trio for Claudio Records. Ben has also recorded an album of folk inspired works for violin and guitar with Ahmed Dickinson. He has appeared live in solo performances and interviews for BBC Television, BBC Radio 2 and often on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. He also teaches at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and The Purcell School for Young Musicians, and has a considerable reputation as an outstanding teacher.
Jamal Aliyev was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he completed his Masters. He is currently undertaking an Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In 2017 Jamal made his BBC Proms debut and won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2017 and Concerts Artists Guild in New York in 2019. He has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and the Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar of Venezuela. Highlights include performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tomsk Philharmonia, the latter as part of the Trans-Siberian Festival. He gives recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall, and records with Fazil Say.
Hugh Mather (piano) studied the piano and organ from an early age, gaining the FRCO and the ARCM piano performers diplomas. He pursued a medical career and was Consultant Physician at Ealing Hospital from 1982 to 2006. He studied piano with James Gibb for many years, and has given countless concerts in West London as concerto soloist, recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has organised over 1500 concerts since 2005 at St Mary's Perivale and St Barnabas Church.
Mary Agnew was born in Ealing in 1925. Details of her early life are rather sketchy, but she worked n the building trade, giving advice on technical matters having been the only woman on her course, and later worked as a PA to Sir Christopher Chataway. She was always passionately fond of music (and singing in particular), and was an excellent organizer and motivator,. She helped to maintain and enhance the musical and cultural life of Ealing for a generation. She was secretary of Ealing Choral Society for about 30 years, and secretary of Ealing Arts and Leisure for 20 years. She also served on the Committee at St Mary's Perivale for over 20 years, and helped to organize concerts both there and at St Barnabas Church. These bare facts fail to do justice to a remarkable and exceptional lady, who possessed innate dignity and self-esteem, coupled with energy, enthusiasm and a positive outlook on life. She was universally popular and a much-loved member of our community. She passed away in St David's Home, Ealing, on 13th October 2019. She will long be remembered and is sadly missed. May she rest in peace. This concert is dedicated to her memory.
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