Past Concerts

Saturday 27th November 2021, 7:30 pm

Samson Tsoy, piano

Both as a soloist and chamber musician, pianist Samson Tsoy has appeared in many of London's most prestigious venues in London such as the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and during the summer of 2020 Samson performed at the Wigmore Hall's Lockdown Recital Series. All of his recitals have been highly praised by the press with 5-star reviews in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Observer and The Arts Desk. He has also performed in the Aldeburgh Festival, the Verbier Festival and the Rostropovich Festival. In September 2019, together with his partner Pavel Kolesnikov, he launched a "seriously edgy, admirable and a must-see" (quote Classical Music Magazine) festival in East London called the Ragged Music Festival which received a 5-star review in The Independent.

Lauded for the originality and intense drama of his interpretations, Samson has already performed with renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Diego Masson as part of Philharmonia Orchestra's "Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals" series.

Samson Tsoy graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory,then the Royal College of Music in London. He has also worked under the guidance of Imogen Cooper, Maria João Pires and Elisabeth Leonskaja. He has won many awards and piano competitions. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious National President's Order "Young Talent of Russia".

Programme

Interval

Tickets £25
Free entry for under-25s


Saturday 23rd October 2021, 7:30 pm

Michael Collins, clarinet, with Michael McHale, piano

Michael Collins MBE is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. He received the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2007. With a continuing, distinguished career as a clarinet soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor. He is Artistic Director in Residence of the London Mozart Players, and from 2010 – 2018 he was the Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia. Recent highlights have included worldwide appearances as a soloist and a conductor. In 2017 Michael was awarded a Grammy for his disc 'Shakespeare Songs' with Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano.

Michael is in great demand as a chamber musician, performing regularly with Sir András Schiff, Martha Argerich, Stephen Hough, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. He has appeared at prestigious events such as the Proms, the Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh Festival, City of London Festival, Cheltenham International Festival and the Bath Mozartfest. During the 2019-20 season he was Artist in Residence at the Wigmore Hall which included concerts with Stephen Hough, as well as tonight's pianist, Michael McHale.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2015, Michael Collins was awarded an MBE for his services to music. He plays on Yamaha clarinets.

 

Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland's leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at some of the most well-known concert halls in the world such as the Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Pesti Vigadó in Budapest and the Lincoln Center in New York. He has performed and recorded as a soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras. He has played at many of the most prestigious festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Tanglewood Festival and the Tokyo Spring Festival.

Michael collaborates regularly with Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott and Michael Collins with whom he has recorded eight duo recital albums. A commitment to new music has seen Michael give first performances and recordings of music by composers including John Tavener, Arvo Pärt and Luke Bedford. He has won many piano competitions including the Terence Judd/Hallé Award, the Dublin International Piano Competition, and in 2016 a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Programme

Interval


Tuesday 20th July 2021, 6:00pm
United Reformed Church

The Mithras Piano Trio

This talented piano trio have been playing together since 2017 and have built up a wide repertoire plus an ever-increasing reputation for their excellent musicianship. They are coming to us to perform a programme of renowned pieces for piano trios. The Mithras Piano Trio have performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK and have won many international competitions. They have participated in recitals for the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. The Trio's pianist, Dominic Degavino, is an alumni of her Trust's annual mentoring scheme which holds masterclasses at a rural retreat in Provence. Imogen provides one-to-one tutoring and intensive study to gain in-depth insights into a wide range of works by the major composers.

The pieces to be performed at our concert are:

Breaking news:

Announced on 26th July 2021. The Mithras Piano Trio is now included in the 2021-2023 intake of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artist scheme.

The BBC New Generation Artist Scheme is the most prestigious scheme of this sort in the world. It will bring the Trio a high level of exposure through performing in the best UK venues, including the Wigmore Hall. Their experience of live performances will also extend to international venues. The Trio will be supported in the recording of at least 2 CDs. Another huge boost to their career is the amount of air-time they will be given on Radio 3. It is a real coup that they have been engaged to perform at the Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society.

The current restrictions are due to be totally relaxed on the 19th July however we will still be following many of the social distancing guidelines for the safety of our audience members. This will restrict the number of people who can attend therefore seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please reply to allyson289@gmail.com if you want to be included in the 50 people we will be able to accommodate. If the event is oversubscribed we will create a list of those who haven't been lucky enough to get into the concert and they will be contacted if returns become available. The lucky ones will be contacted, at which point a contribution of £10 per person will be requested. Further details about payment can be seen on the website's Booking page.

Countess of Munster Musical Trust
Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their financial support of the musicians engaged for this recital.

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.


Saturday 22nd February 2020, 7:30 pm

Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Martin James Bartlett is not only a prodigy of the piano but an accomplished artist who already counts among the most talented of his generation and is one of the best of the current rising stars in the music world. Martin became the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. Last summer he performed at the inaugural Riga Jurmala Festival in Latvia alongside Yuja Wang. Other previous concerts of note: in May 2019 he was the soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, performed the opening concert of Cheltenham Festival and made his Proms debut in 2015. A future engagement will be at the Verbier Festival this Summer.

Martin will be playing a delightful and varied programme and with some extra surprises on the night.

Tickets are £20, half price for under 25s and free for students. Please go to the website's Booking page for all the payment options.


Saturday 16th November 2019, 7:30 pm

Anna Huntley (Mezzo Soprano) and Graham Johnson OBE (piano)

Schubert, Schumann, Dvořák and Folk songs of the British Isles


Saturday 19th October 2019, 7:30 pm

The Endellion String Quartet

Beethoven, Haydn, Smetana


Saturday 18th May 2019, 7:30 pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

The Elias String Quartet

Elias String QuartetThe Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music and now, two decades on, are firmly established as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. Their journey through the complete Beethoven string quartets has captivated live audiences globally and is recorded on the Wigmore Hall's own CD label.

"The lyrical third movement was played so majestically that it moved this critic to tears, the human longing of Beethoven's prayer being played with such sensitivity and vulnerability. It is hardly ever the case that gratitude is the lasting impression of a concert, but this is one of them."

The Glasgow Herald

The Elias String Quartet played in the 2017 BBC Proms and are known at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Carnegie Hall and the Washington Library of Congress. In 2018 they returned to the USA for two months before going on to France, Portugal, Sweden and Austria.

For O&LMS the Elias Quartet has chosen a selection from Bach's 'The Art of Fugue' BWV 1080; Mozart's String Quartet No.17 in B-flat major, K.458 known as 'The Hunt' and is the fourth of the quartets he dedicated to Haydn; Schumann's String Quartet in A major, No.3, Opus 41; and we will also hear a selection of Scottish folk songs especially arranged for string quartet by Donald Grant, who is a founder member of the Elias String Quartet.

Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.

 

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:30 pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Henk Neven (baritone), Imogen Cooper (piano)

Dutch baritone Henk Neven has appeared at London's Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, most of Europe's important concert halls and at many European and UK festivals, including the BBC Proms where he performed Brahms' German Requiem under the baton of Marin Alsop with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has worked with many of Europe's most famous orchestras and conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Marc Minkowski and Sir Simon Rattle. Henk was a member of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists Scheme from 2009 to 2011. Later in 2011 he received the Dutch Music Prize, the highest honour that the Netherlands Ministry of Culture awards to a classical musician.

Henk is equally at home on the operatic stage with a repertoire including the title role in Don Giovanni as well as the side-kick Leporello, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Schaunard in La bohème and Morales in Carmen. He has appeared at the Opéra National de Paris, Berliner Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, L'Opéra National de Montpellier, De Nederlandse Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Imogen CooperWe are delighted to welcome our Society's President once again. Imogen Cooper is recognised worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise. She has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. Throughout her career she has performed with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in major cities all over the world including New York, Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, Prague and London, as well as in the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg. Imogen is a supporter of new music and has premiered works at the Cheltenham International Music Festival. She is also a committed chamber musician and performs regularly with the Belcea Quartet. As a Lieder recitalist, she has had a long collaboration with Wolfgang Holzmair and over the past couple of years Imogen has been developing an equally important musical relationship with Henk.

The evening's programme offered to you by O&LMS is the same as the one Imogen and Henk will perform at their Wigmore Hall recital on the 19th February 2019.

 


Saturday 26th January 2019, 7:30 pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

James Newby, baritone
Joseph Middleton, piano

James NewbyJames Newby was the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award when he was also the recipient of the Wigmore Hall Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. James sang the role of Mercurio in La Calisto with La Nuova Musica and made his BBC Proms debut in 2016. He appeared in the 2017 Glyndebourne Summer Festival in La Traviata, Hamlet, Don Pasquale and La Clemenza di Tito, also winning their John Christie Award in 2017. Highlights include Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton, Oxford Lieder Festival and solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall. James was awarded the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's Rising Stars Prize for 2017/18 and continues performing with them as a soloist.

Another highlight for James; In December 2017 he replaced an indisposed Roderick Williams in a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall with only 24 hours' notice, for which he received huge critical acclaim and ecstatic applause from a knowledgeable audience who demanded 2 encores. He has recently become a member of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists Scheme for 2018 to 2020. James was an equal partner in an extremely well-received recital with Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton on 16th November 2018.

Just one of many excellent reviews: "On either side of the interval the stage was occupied by James Newby whose baritone brought richness of expression to Ravel and Duparc – utterly mesmerising in the latter's 'Extase' perfectly capturing its languor with half-whispered phrases and finely-judged release of harmonic tensions. 'Phidylé' ravished the ear, with Newby not afraid to go for broke at the climax. In the little gems that are Histoires Naturelles, Newby and Middleton gave graphic evocations. Throughout, Newby combined impeccable technique and musicianship with striking characterisation."

A note from Allyson Jenkins, O&LMS Committee Member: This was the best recital of French songs that I've heard at the Wigmore Hall in decades. Absolutely spellbinding.

Joseph Middleton
Joseph Middleton specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music. He is Director of Leeds Lieder and collaborates with many of the world's finest singers such as Roderick Williams OBE, Sir Thomas Allen, Sarah Connolly DBE, Lucy Crowe, Wolfgang Holzmair, Christiane Karg, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott DBE, Christopher Maltman, Kate Royal and Simon Keenlyside CBE. Joseph is a regular performer in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Musée d'Orsay in Paris and London's Wigmore Hall. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 with Iestyn Davies MBE and Carolyn Sampson.

Joseph made his New York debut accompanying Dame Sarah Connolly in a recital which the New York Times described as ”.…superlative…..everything the perfect song recital should be.” He has a vast repertoire and has made an enormous number of award-winning recordings with many of the world’s most famous singers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

 

They will perform songs by Schubert, Barber, Quilter, Wolf and Fauré; also operatic arias by Mozart, Britten and Rossini. Some Cole Porter as well!


Saturday 24th November 2018, 7:30 pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Pat Davey and Friends

Pat Davey and FriendsCharismatic Pat Davey, the highly acclaimed drummer, composer, arranger and session musician, has once again brought together a band especially for a gig with O&LMS. He will lead us through his personally created themed concert, celebrating a century of the influence that women have had on jazz. This will not only include jazz and blues classics as once performed by the female 'Greats' of jazz - Ella, Billie and Sarah - but will encompass less lauded but equally influential women who've worked as instrumentalists, composers, arrangers, lyricists and singers.

Pat has invited four of his regular musical collaborators to join him in this innovative project. The 5-piece line up will be the inimitable Pat Davey on drums, the tempestuous vocalist Kate Mullins, the formidably multi-talented Jon Shenoy on reeds, the brilliant Will Bartlett on piano and the fabulous Daisy George on bass. These top-flight jazz musicians can often be heard playing at Ronnie Scott's.

Kate Mullins
Kate Mullins tours around the world with the 1940s-inspired vocal harmony trio, The Puppini Sisters. She often flies in to perform with Jon Shenoy's band, King Candy and the Sugar Push.

Jon is one of the best multi-instrumentalists and composers on the current jazz scene.

Pianist Will Bartlett is also well known as a composer and educator. He has recently recorded an album with Kate who, in the past, has also recorded with Michael Bublé.

Daisy George is a bassist and composer who leads her own trio, also writing in a collaborative European project as well performing regularly as a sideman in various bands.


Saturday 6th October 2018, 7:30 pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Adrian Brendel, cello
Christian Ihle Hadland, piano

Adrian BrendelAdrian Brendel is celebrated worldwide as a virtuosic cellist performing classical, contemporary and chamber music, modern jazz and folk music. Among his projects has been a three-year collaboration with Sir Harrison Birtwistle which led to several premieres. He travels extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing at all the major concert halls including with Imogen Cooper at the Wigmore Hall in 2019. Adrian is Music Director of the annual Plush Festival in Dorset and founder member of the innovative Nash Ensemble.Christian Ihle Hadland

Norwegian, Christian Ihle Hadland is a greatly respected pianist around Europe and further afield. One of the highlights of his career was performing with Renée Fleming at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo. He came to international attention as a BBC New Generation Artist whose interpretation of Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms won generous critical acclaim. He now performs as a soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras.

Their programme for the evening included a little-known piece which is a real gem, Widor's Cello Sonata. They also performed Liszt's Elegy No.2; Sibelius' Four Pieces, Op.78; and Beethoven's Sonata in G minor Op.5, No.2.

Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.

 

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

The Piatti String Quartet

Piatti String QuartetThe Piatti String Quartet is one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, they have performed in major venues and festivals around the UK and Europe and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3.

Their eclectic repertoire includes pieces by composers spread over 4 centuries. They feel just as comfortable playing Haydn and Mozart as they do playing works by living composers. In 2016 they also collaborated on a jazz recording which received 4* and 5* reviews. Their contribution to a recording of the complete string quartets of Mendelssohn was much lauded and the release was awarded BBC Music Magazine's Critics Choice. The concert for O&LMS included many Piatti 'classics', with enough drama, emotion and intensity for two concerts over!

"This youthful quartet treated us to one of the most spirited and engaging performances I have ever experienced, bringing a wonderful joie de vivre to the music". The Northern Echo

Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.

 

Saturday 10th February 2018, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Since becoming Honens Prize Laureate in 2012, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre. He was a BBC New Generation Artist 2014 to 2016.

His debut performance at the Wigmore Hall in 2014 was exceptional and his return there in May 2017 received equally rave reviews.

He made his Proms debut in 2016 performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 2, returning to the Proms in 2017 to perform a solo recital of works by Chopin and Scarlatti. Pavel's recording of Chopin Mazurkas, released in Autumn 2016 to worldwide acclaim, won a Diapason d'Or award and has since been included in Gramophone Magazine's list of the 50 greatest Chopin recordings. He has performed as a soloist as well as a concert artist with many major orchestras all over the world: USA, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Malta, South Korea.

"Intelligent programming and outstanding pianism came together in Pavel Kolesnikov's Wigmore Hall solo recital debut; one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while." Quoting a rare 5-star review from The Telegraph.

His programme includes works by Schumann and Schubert, with the second half dedicated entirely to wonderful impromptus, waltzes and mazurkas by Chopin.


Saturday 25th November 2017, 8pm, Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood, RH8 0QU

Stephan Loges, bass baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Born in Dresden, Stephan Loges was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has given recitals throughout the world, including regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall, as well as the Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Konzerthaus, La Monnaie Brussels and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. He has sung in most of the main opera houses all over Europe. He also sings in Oratorios, for example, in 2017 he sang Handel's Messiah with the City of London Sinfonia in Salisbury Cathedral, as well as Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the LPO and Chorus in both London and Paris. He is an experienced recitalist who has worked with Malcolm Martineau on many previous occasions.

Malcolm Martineau performs in recital at all the major international concert halls and festivals with many of the world's best singers, including Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies and Anna Netrebko. Malcolm has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival and is also an award-winning recording artist. He was given an honorary doctorate in 2004 by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music; in 2009 he was appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment and in 2016 received an OBE. He is known by the singers he performs with for his remarkable empathy; being collaborative, sensitive, virtuosic and insightful.

The programme for the evening included Lieder from Franz Schubert; songs from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Rudolf Sieczyński, Franz Lehár and Kurt Weill; arias from operas by Mozart and Wagner


Saturday 21st October 2017, 7.30pm - Bawtree Concert Hall

Imogen Cooper Music Trust - Fundraising Concert and reception

Imogen CooperImogen Cooper has been the President of the Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society since 2007, during which time the prestige of her association with us has helped to attract international artists of the highest level, as well as the most talented emerging musicians. In 2015 she established a Trust whose aim is to enable young pianists to work with her, having individual mentoring in a peaceful rural environment. A quote from her about this initiative:

"I would like to give back to a younger generation the generosity of time that Alfred Brendel and others gave to me."

To support Imogen in this, and to celebrate 10 years of having her as our President, we organised a special event aiming to raise enough money for the Trust to provide 2 bursaries. She played an exceptional programme for us.

After Imogen had finished the Beethoven Sonata we were delighted to hear an informal interview with her which took the form of a conversation with one of the committee in front of the audience. She spoke about her early years studying piano, her main influences, gave us insights about the composers and conductors she had worked with, the many collaborations she has done for song recitals with famous singers, as well as all the recordings she has made and much more besides. She then expanded on the aims and ethos of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. This was followed by a Question and Answer session directly with the audience. This exceptional evening of wonderful music played by a world-class pianist finished with a champagne reception and canapés where Imogen mingled with everyone, chatting and answering further questions.

All profits from the evening have been donated to the Imogen Cooper Music Trust, a registered charity.


Rosanna Ter-Berg

Rosanna Ter-Berg (flute)

Olivia Jageurs (harp)

 

Supported by the
Countess of Munster
Musical Trust Recital Scheme

Olivia Jageurs

Thursday 1st June 2017, 7.30pm

Bawtree Concert Hall, Hazelwood

Rosanna Ter-Berg's striking performances have led her to be described as 'super-charged' with 'unstinting virtuosity and personality'. She has performed across the UK and Europe in major concert venues, festivals and live on radio. Rosanna is an artist for numerous organizations including the Park Lane Group, Live Music Now and the Tunnell Trust. She was a participant on the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme 2014/2015.

In addition to Classical and Contemporary music, Rosanna is an improviser, music educator and also plays South American music. She enjoys collaborating with different ensembles, composers and blurring boundaries across the arts with dancers, actors, artists and puppeteers. Rosanna studied at Strasbourg Conservatoire and Trinity Laban where she graduated with Distinction in her MMus and the highest performance mark in her faculty; she was a finalist in Trinity's Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Competition. www.rosannater-berg.co.uk

Olivia Jageurs was brought up in Oxted and went to Hazelwood School, so she’s returning to home territory. She has since led a very varied life as a professional musician. Parallel to her classical repertoire which she has played at all of London’s major concert venues with most of the UK’s leading orchestras, she is resident harpist at The Orangery in Kensington Palace as well as the official harpist for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. She has played in an orchestral tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival and last year she also founded “15 second harp”; a website and instagram account to promote writing for the harp. Anybody can send in music and she will post a video recording online within 7 days. www.15secondharp.com

Programme

Pieces by Ibert, Donizetti, Debussy, Takemitsu, Piazzola, Scott, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Clarke, Gluck and Alwyn

Countess of Munster Musical Trust
Cavatina

The Society is very grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their financial support of the musicians engaged for this recital.

The Society is very grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust for their support of this recital, which enables us to offer free entry for 8 to 25s inclusive.


Saturday 11th February 2017, 8 pm, Bawtree Hall, Baily Building, Hazelwood School

Hanna Hipp - mezzo soprano & Emma Abbate - piano

Polish-born Hanna Hipp studied at the Academy of Music in Gdánsk, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. She has sung at the last three Glyndebourne Summer Festivals. As a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2011 –13, she made her Royal Opera debut as Emilia in Otello and has since sung with the ROH in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Puccini's La Rondine, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Verdi's La Traviata.

The Neapolitan-born pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Now based in London, Emma is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The evening's programme included:


The Eileen Joyce Recital

Saturday 15th October 2016, 8 pm, Centenary Theatre, Hazelwood School

Stephen Hough, piano

Widely recognised as one of today's truly great pianists, Stephen Hough has been described by The Economist as "one of twenty living polymaths and a true Renaissance man - a leading concert pianist, writer, composer and painter, winning global acclaim for his outstanding interpretations of the piano repertoire."

This sell-out recital was an unforgettable evening for all those who attended. Stephen Hough's virtuosic programme comprised:

After rapturous applause, Stephen delighted us all with an encore; the beautiful Chopin Nocturne in E flat major, Opus 9, No. 2.

"Whatever Stephen Hough plays, he either distils its essence or finds something strikingly new to say about it." The Independent, April 2015