Thursday 3 November 3.00 pm
Bradley Creswick (violin)
Margaret Fingerhut (piano)
Beethoven: Violin sonata in G Op 30 no 3 (18')
Allegro / Minuet / Allegro
Korngold: Suite from “Much Ado about Nothing” (13')
Brahms: Violin sonata no 2 in A Op 100 (21')
Allegro / Andante / Allegretto
Jerry Bock (arr. John Williams): Fiddler on the Roof(7')
Bradley Creswick was born in Bognor Regis. He has a long association with Northern Sinfonia going back to 1984 when he was first appointed leader. The musical life then, as now, was amazingly rich and varied, providing some personal highlights such as the EMI recording of Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending and Concerto Accademico with Richard Hickox, performing Prokofiev's Concerto #2 for Radio 3 and recording all the Handel Op6 Concerti Grossi with George Malcolm. More recent recordings include: Handel Concerti Grossi Op3 for Naxos and the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola by Mozart with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. In 1987 Bradley moved to London to lead the Philharmonia, still maintaining his relationship with the Sinfonia, making guest appearances, notably as soloist with them in the 1989 BBC Proms playing the Lark Ascending. The London years continued as leader of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House before taking the opportunity, in 1994, to return to the Sinfonia and the Northeast for a second time. Working at The Sage Gateshead now provides the chance to play with an even greater variety of musicians, such as James Crabb and Bruce Molsky. Recently, Bradley has been invited twice to the Marlboro Music Festival in America and is asked regularly to guest lead a wide range of orchestras. Playing with friends is a vibrant part of life and he relishes the chance to play with the pianist Margaret Fingerhut, giving recitals around the country; and has occasionally been heard playing western swing fiddle "back home".
Margaret Fingerhut has been described by Gramophone as a pianist of “consummate skill and thrilling conviction”. Her distinguished career has taken her all over the world and she is particularly known for her innovative recital programmes in which she explores the highways and byways of the piano repertoire. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the all the UK's major orchestras, and she is frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and many radio stations worldwide. Her extensive discography on the Chandos label has received much critical acclaim and won many accolades. Her recordings reflect her long-standing fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire, including works by Bax, Berkeley, Berkeley, Bloch, Dukas, Elgar, Falla, Grieg, Howells, Leighton, Novák, Stanford, Suk and Tansman, as well as several pioneering collections of 19 th century Russian and early 20 th century French piano music. Two of her Bax recordings were nominated for Gramophone awards, and her disc of solo piano music by the Polish/French composer Alexandre Tansman was awarded the accolade of “Diapason D'Or” in France. Her disc of encores "Endless Song" was Featured Album of the Week on Classic FM and was selected as “Editor's Choice” in Pianist magazine. She was the soloist in the première recording of Elgar's sketches for his Piano Concerto slow movement, and she also made the first recording of a rediscovered student piece by Rachmaninoff. In 2019 Margaret undertook a major tour to raise money for refugees, performing her specially created programme of words and music called “Far from the Home I Love” at 32 venues across the UK. She raised a total of £88,000, which is £1,000 for every piano key, and was presented with a ‘Champion of Sanctuary' award by City of Sanctuary UK in recognition of her work.
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