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Saxophone & Piano
For the long-awaited opening recital of our new season, saxophonist Huw Wiggin and pianist John Lenehan satisfied our thirst, treating us with their truly creative and magical sound world. The partnership between Huw and John showed a most intimate musical dialogue in the first half, while in the second half they showcased their dynamic and bold approach. From a concert promoter’s point of view, it is always a challenge to include a not-so-familiar instrument in a series, but tonight I was confident that it had worked beautifully.
Viola & Piano - WAIT LIST ONLY
Hailed as “a player of poise, elegance and individuality”, Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner. This evening, the world-leading viola player is paired with Simon Crawford-Phillips on piano, who has established an extraordinarily varied career as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. They will introduce some lesser-known pieces which many concert goers have not encountered very often.
Gramophone Award-nominated pianist Danny Driver, who has been invited to perform at concert halls and music festivals across Europe, Asia and North America, is recognised internationally as an artist of sophistication, insight and musical depth. Out of his enviably broad repertoire, cultivated through his studies at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, his programme for Breinton audiences include some works by living composers and Beethoven’s mighty ‘Hammerklavier’.
Solo Piano - WAIT LIST ONLY
Several years ago, Yevgeny Sudbin blew me away with utterly beautiful rendition of Scarlatti Sonatas at Wigmore Hall. I never imagined then that one day we would be able to invite the pianist, who has been described as "potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century" by The Telegraph and "a pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement" by The Independent, to Breinton. While ‘soiree’ music sets the mood in the second half, the first half evolves a musical emotion and drama, including his own transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture for Romeo and Juliet.
Matinee: Flute & Piano
Emma Halnan was the woodwind category winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2010. Since then, she has gone on to perform at major venues throughout UK and worldwide. In 2016 she won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award, as a result recording a piece specially composed for her by Sir Karl. Emma is also an avid chamber musician and orchestral player; she was the principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014-16. Daniel King Smith is a leading accompanist who has collaborated with numerous instrumentalists, and regularly plays at auditions, lessons, masterclasses and end-of-year recitals at the London conservatories.
Returning for the fifth year, thanks to the enthusiastic and positive feedback by our members, the Local Young Performers’ Soiree returns, renewing our ongoing commitment to the local community and support of young musicians. This evening, with performances by aspiring local musicians, is suitable for audience of all ages – so bring your family and friends! A perfect occasion to appreciate different instrumental, solo and vocal performances - all in one evening - this an event not to be missed.
Solo Piano - WAIT LIST ONLY
Teenage piano sensation Lauren Zhang came to prominence when she wowed a full-house audience at the Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2018 with her bold and triumphant interpretation of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Following her success in this competition, Lauren has been invited to perform at the BBC Proms alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, Proms in the Park with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and remains in demand as soloist throughout the UK and further afield.
Solo Piano - WAITING LIST ONLY
Ankara-born pianist Can Çakmur was the first prize winner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018, the biggest and most prestigious international piano competition in Japan, and the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2017. The jury chairman of the Hamamatsu Competition, Noriko Ogawa, described him as “a true thinker and artist already at such a young age”. A sincere performer with a wonderful personality, Can is also an avid writer and speaker who is passionate about spreading classical music to a wider audience.
Violin & Piano
Since the start of their collaboration in 2012, the Foyle-Štšura Duo have performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, and North America, with prestigious performances at Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, Bridgewater Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at the New York Chamber Music Festival. Praised for their “playing of compelling conviction” (The Daily Telegraph) and “astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness” (Seen and Heard International), Michael and Maksim are exactly the type of sought-after chamber group Breinton audiences seek.
Solo Piano - WAIT LIST ONLY
Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova has demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical capability from a young age, accelerating her international concert career. As a recitalist, Anna has appeared at prestigious concert halls in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, and Royal Festival Hall. Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, Anna has performed with orchestras around the world including the Dallas Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matinee: Cello & Piano
Laura MacDonald is a local cellist based in Woking who has been performing in concerts and participating in music festivals in and around Surrey from a young age. Now a 3rd-year undergraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, Laura studies under the guidance of Felix Schmidt. Laura has received masterclasses by renowned cellists Steven Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Alexander Baillie and Colin Carr. As a former member of the National Youth Orchestra and National Children’s Orchestra, Laura has played at many of the UK’s major concert halls. Laura is a passionate and dedicated chamber musician. Her piano trio, the Torridon Trio, formed with fellow Royal Academy students, has an active performing schedule.
|Friday 13 September 2019||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Huw Wiggin & John Lenehan||saxophone & piano|
|Sunday 20 October||Soirée at 7:00 pm||Lawrence Power & Simon Crawford-Phillips||viola & piano||Full|
|Saturday 16 November||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Danny Driver||solo piano||Full|
|Friday 22 November||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Yevgeny Sudbin||solo piano||Full|
|Wednesday 4 December||Matinée at 12 noon||Emma Halnan & Daniel King Smith||flute & piano||Fair|
|Saturday 25 January 2020||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Local Young Performers||various||Good|
|Saturday 8 February||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Lauren Zhang||solo piano||Full|
|Saturday 29 February||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Can Çakmur||solo piano||Full|
|Saturday 21 March||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Michael Foyle & Maksim Štšura||violin & piano||Full|
|Saturday 2 May||Soirée at 7:30 pm||Anna Fedorova||solo piano||Full|
|Friday 15 May||Matinée at 12 noon||Laura MacDonald & pianist||cello & piano||Good|
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"Katya swiftly and calmly walked in, and from the moment she put her fingers on the keyboard, her outpouring musicality was un-stoppable... Her voicing of the melodies was ever so natural, with attention and care to the minute details. All this contributed to express the beautiful, long-singing phrases, which people have never ceased to adore for the past centuries."
Cello and Piano
"the dark, glowing sound from deep within, suffusing with the haunting spiritual outcry of Bloch, highly melodic lines of Beethoven’s unpretentious beauty, empowering lyricism with hints of atonality of Bridge, to tremendously controlled and fun-kicked Paganini, the tonality and sonority produced from Jamal’s gut strings changed shape and appearance at their own will"
Matinee, Violin and Piano
"A most delightful one hour with a bag of pleasure to listen to. The pure simplicity was touching and elevated the emotional level, with both musicians’ sounds so gentle and caring, showing unpretentious beauty...the duo were met by an uproaring applause by the audience."
Violin & Piano
"Callum excelled in pouring out simple, but most glorious melodies, while Richard’s flow serenaded gracefully, and together they sang... we received a true sense of musical integration and harmony, created and executed by two individual instruments right there and then, in front of our eyes"
Two Solo Piano Recitals on Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 January 2019
"This wonderful programme performed by one of the world’s most prominent young pianists twice in a row is something you don’t come across very often, and the experience was exceptional and irreplaceable... Benjamin is a musician with an outpouring musicality and his own very clear musical ideas".
Violin & Piano
"There was a fierce loyalty between Alina and Cédric... the partnership breathed the same air and shared the same mood; his variety of tone, sometimes warm and caressing, sometimes crisp and distinctive, was the most valuable gift to match her sublime clarity and deeply engaged sounds."
Matinee, Solo Piano
"When an excellent instrument finds an excellent performer who can understand, experiment and extract the best out of it, the result is powerful. Yesterday our lovely piano, which is sweetly voiced by our technician to suit our concert room, found a perfect owner."
Clarinet & Piano
"a most pleasant intimacy... whisperingly delicate sounds produced by musicians with the utmost care... moments where we held our breath in anticipation for what would be come next... impeccable timing achieved naturally by a spirited partnership in front of our eyes."
"It was an evening of pure delight, an exploration of richness in sounds, texture, mood and imagination. Throughout the performance, Llŷr kept every aspect of the music under control; his meticulous precision and clarity was admirable to the extent that we appreciated every single note played."