After six years of May Concerts, in 2016 we’re planning concerts to take place throughout the summer. There’ll be more concerts and more variety – keep updated via our Events page here.
Last Year’s Programme:
The Agora Quartet
BORODIN: String Quartet No.2
MOZART: String Quartet No. 15
Adam Gibbs (Leader, Viola) has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music studying the viola under James Sleigh. During his time there he participated in masterclasses with Paul Silverthorne, Principal viola of the London Symphony Orchestra. Adam balances his time between teaching, freelancing as violist and working at St John’s Smiths Square. More details to follow.
Adam Brown & Steph Oatridge Duo
This unique instrumental duo presents profound Iberian songs alongside works that evoke 1930’s cafe culture, describe exotic Brazilian street foods and capture the workings of a lively brothel! Spoken narrative interludes provide the audience with an interesting cultural context, helping to bring the works alive.
Stephanie Oatridge received a distinction for her Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the RAM Friends’ Development Award. She enjoys a varied freelance career, in both modern and period instrument performance, working with distinguished conductors, including Sir Colin Davis and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She is equally in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, and has performed at celebrated concert venues throughout Europe.
Guitarist Adam Brown has performed throughout Europe, the United States and South America. Training at the Royal College of Music in London was followed by post-graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York City at the invitation of celebrated guitarist Sharon Isbin. His three solo albums, The Rebels Within, Gladios and Without Limits-An American Century of Music for Guitar, have received critical acclaim and international broadcast.
The J-Tones are an a capella quartet from London, whose members are drawn from the UK’s
top music colleges, where they specialized in classical singing. Within the group there is a music singer/songwriter, a jazz singer, a pianist and a bassoonist. With our foundation in classical music and a broad variety of other musical experience, the group bring their beautiful, well-blended sound to a hugely varied repertoire covering many styles such as pop, classical, musical theatre, spirituals and traditional barbershop. The group arrange many of their own songs, tailoring them to fit their voices perfectly.
Recent and future engagements include live broadcasts on Colin Murray’s Talksport show, where the quartet realised versions of traditional football songs, engagements with London Livery companies, gigs at ‘Proud Camden’ in the heart of Camden’s famous market and as the ‘School Board’ quartet in a production of Meredith Wilson’s ‘The Music Man’. They were also used to promote Gillette’s ‘Movember’ Campaign this past November.
The J-Tones are: Adam Crockatt (Tenor), Matthew Kimble (Tenor), Seb Charlesworth (Baritone) and Matthew Duncan (Bass).
Harding – Pueschel Duo
MOZART: Sonata no.25 in G major, K301
WIENIAWSKI: Légende, op.17
DVORÁK: Romantic Pieces, op.75
PROKOFIEV: Sonata for Solo Violin, op.115
SCHUBERT: Sonatina in D major, op. post. 137 no.1
Pauline and Marissa first met at Dartington International Summer School in 2010, where Marissa was participating in masterclasses with oboist Sarah Francis and Pauline was helping to organise the chamber music course. Since then their paths have crossed frequently in orchestras, in chamber music groups and on concert stages across London. They began performing as a violin-piano duo in 2014.
Pauline Harding started learning the violin when she was four years old and won her first chamber music prize in the under 16s quartet category of the Southampton Music Festival when she was just nine. At 14 she became leader of the Hampshire County String Orchestra, with which she appeared as a soloist in Corelli’s ‘Christmas’ Concerto while on tour in Germany, Poland and the UK. Other performances include Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ Concerto and Wieniawski’s Légende.
Pauline read music at York University, then worked for BBC Music Magazinefor a year before completing Bachelors and Masters degrees in archaeology at UCL. She is currently Assistant Editor of The Strad magazine and studies with violinist Sophie Langdon of the Royal Academy of Music. As leader of the Oberon String Quartet and a member of the Chelsea Opera Group, Salomon and Oberon orchestras, she performs regularly in concert venues across London and beyond.
Marissa Pueschel read Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford, before undertaking a Masters degree in Performance at the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied under the oboist David Theodore. A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, she has played under some of the world’s leading conductors, including the late Sir Colin Davis, and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
Marissa attended the Junior Department of the RCM during her last two years of school, studying with the international oboist Sarah Francis as well as the Assistant Head of Keyboard Ian Jones. She continues to play both the piano and the oboe, balancing performance engagements with her full-time role as an editor in the classical music record industry.
Prima Volta Ensemble
Featuring Miguel Tantos (trombone), Drew Balch (violin) and Simon Gilliver (flute), Prima Volta was established whilst all three were studying together at the Guildhall school in 2006. The group aims to break down barriers within concerts and invite audiences in to see how they work and take risks, LIVE on stage.
Many people are surprised to learn that many of the great composers including Bach and Mozart were as renowned in their time for their improvisations as for their written compositions. Today the situation is drastically different as improvisation is seen as the preserve of jazz musicians. Against this background, Prima Volta aims to give audiences a unique performance experience!
Prima Volta’s concerts are entirely interactive, and performances are built around ideas given by the audience. These may take the form of fantasies or variations on themes, dance suites, or larger scale classical structures. Musical languages are explored from across the centuries through to the present day. As well as providing an entertaining and engaging performance, the group’s work is also ideally suited to educational workshops.
Recent performances include appearances at St Martin in the Fields and Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh. Education work has included several workshops with students at Trinity College of Music, and the group has an ongoing collaboration with Aldeburgh Young Musicians.