Saturday 5th July 2014
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Soloist: Fenella Humphreys
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, ‘Haffner’
FENELLA HUMPHREYS – VIOLIN
Fenella performs widely as soloist. Her first concerto recording, of Christopher Wright’s Violin Concerto for Dutton Epoch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Martin Yates was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim, including selection as ‘Orchestral Choice CD’ in a 5 star review in the BBC Music Magazine.
Fenella has collaborated with artists including Alexander Baillie, Pekka Kuusisto and Martin Lovett, and is regularly invited by Steven Isserlis to take part in the prestigious Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove. Konzertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, she also enjoys guest leading and directing. A number of eminent British composers have written works for Fenella both in her own right and as a former member of the Lawson Trio. During 2014/15 she will premiere a set of 6 new solo violin works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gordon Crosse, Sally Beamish, Adrian Sutton, Piers Hellawell and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Fenella studied with the great Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf where she was awarded the highest attainable marks both for the ‘Diplom’ exam and the ‘Konzertexamen’ soloists’ diploma.
Fenella plays a beautiful violin from the circle of Peter Guaneri of Venice, kindly on loan from Jonathan Sparey.
Sunday 11th May 2014, 4.00pm
Beethoven: Egmont overture
Dvorak: Serenade in D minor, Op. 44
Bizet: Symphony in C
Sunday 9th March 2014, 4.00pm
Schubert: Overture in C major, in the Italian style
Berkeley: Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila
Soloist: Sarah Denbee
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, ‘Scottish’
Sarah gained a Masters in Performance with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2012, generously supported by the Kathleen Roberts Scholarship. Whilst at Trinity, she was awarded the Wilfred Greenhouse Allt Prize for Oratorio & Cantata, and she won the 2012 Roy Pleasance Competition. Sarah recently performed at the Isabelle Bond Gold Medal at Kings Place, Trinity’s most prestigious award for solo performance, and was a Director’s Prizewinner.
Sarah enjoys balancing a mixture of opera, oratorio, recital and choral singing. Opera credits include Fanny Price in Jonathan Dove’s ‘Mansfield Park’, Marcellina (Figaro) in Germany, roles at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Tilly in the UK Premiere of Stephen McNeff’s ‘The Secret Garden’, Dorabella (Cosi), and the Sorceress (Dido). Other highlights include a masterclass with Ann Murray (Wigmore Hall) and with Steuart Bedord on Britten’s ‘Phaedra’, European tours with the Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), soloist in the London Handel Festival, and a mentor scheme with the Royal Opera House Chorus.
Sunday 24th November 2013, 4.00pm
Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture
Nielsen: Flute Concerto
Soloist: Charlotte Bettle
Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A
CHARLOTTE BETTLE – FLUTE
Born into a musical family, Charlotte soon developed an interest in the flute and began taking lessons at the age of six. Through her teenage years she played with Bedfordshire Youth Orchestras and appeared as a soloist performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5, and on the television series Howard Goodall’sBig Bangs, playing the piccolo. She also received the accolade of being invited to perform with the International Millennium Youth Orchestra as their principal flautist.
Charlotte studied for a BA (Hons) in music at the University of Southampton and graduated with first class performance marks. Charlotte went on to complete a Masters degree in Performance, for which she gained a distinction. At Southampton, Charlotte studied flute with Kathryn Thomas and piccolo with Barbara Brown, together with performance guidance from David Owen Norris. Most recently she has studied with Michael Cox.
As a soloist Charlotte enjoys exploring a range of material for the flute. She particularly enjoys chamber music and is a founder member of The Britannic Ensemble (flute, oboe and piano). Charlotte dedicates much of her time to education work, teaching from beginner to postgraduate level, and is the founder of PrimoMusic, an independent music practice working with young children from birth to eight years.
Sunday 29 September 2013, 4.00pm
Weber: Oberon Overture
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Soloist: David Quinlan
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, ‘Rhenish’