We won't be having season tickets in 2021/2022 in case the regulations change and indoor events cannot be held.
It is already possible to give you all of the confirmed dates to put in your diaries in order that you will keep those evenings free and be able to support us throughout the whole season.
As usual, all are on Saturdays and will be starting at 7.30pm.
We will be returning to the Bawtree Hall, Hazelwood School for these concerts.
This will be an evening filled with Brazilian-themed jazz played by a line-up of 5 musicians who are very highly respected and busy on the UK jazz scene. Latin American music with jazz and folk themes is a new and exciting project of Pat's, during which he'll be experimenting with various jazz musicians, incredible sounds and some different instrumentation. The music will have fast and happy rhythms with interesting syncopation and counterpoint. The other 4 in the line-up have been hand-picked by Pat. They'll be playing some lively music from Brazilian composers, including Pixinguinha, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal.
Pat Davey's career as a drummer has taken him all over the world to places as far afield as New York, Hong Kong, Cape Town and Paris where he's played in all the best jazz clubs and festivals He's a session musician with many years of experience, a very talented composer, a proficient arranger and a well-known bandleader of many different-sized ensembles. Because of his wide-ranging experience he also takes courses and tutorials at the Academy of Contemporary Music and Trinity College of Music.
Andrew Woolf is a clarinet and saxophone player from London. He is known in the UK as a leading proponent of choro, a genre of popular rhythmic instrumental music which originated in Rio de Janeiro in the 19th Century. He performs regularly with the groups Alvorada and Choro Matiz. He is also a sensitive and expressive jazz musician and his debut album as a bandleader, 'Song Unsung', was released recently and featured his own heartfelt and distinctive jazz compositions.
Dave O'Brien is a London-born genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist. He is an award-winning bandleader and has also worked as a sideman pianist, bassist, composer, arranger and occasional singer. He moves easily from playing samba and swing to progressive soul music and cutting-edge contemporary jazz. He's also been on stage with the well-known Aurora Orchestra.
Jonny Wickham is a bassist and composer from London. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2017 with the accolade of being the best composer and instrumentalist that year. He has performed at venues such as the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Roundhouse and Ronnie Scott's. Some of the artists Jonny has worked with include critically acclaimed music ensembles such as Caravela, Waaju, and Samba Azul. In June 2021 Jonny recorded his first album as a bandleader due for release this year.
Rachel Hayter is a classically-trained flautist, composer and music educator based in London. She spent the 3rd year of her degree in Buenos Aires studying Argentine folk music and tango at the Conservatorio Nacional Astor Piazzolla. Having also lived in Brazil, Rachel specialises in Brazilian music and performs with award-winning choro quintet Alvorada. She has performed in numerous festivals and venues including Kings Place, the Barbican, London Jazz Festival, Shambala Festival and Paris International Choro Festival. She frequently performs internationally and in the UK. She composes for theatre and is involved in cross-arts collaborations. She plays in diverse genres, mainly folk and jazz from Latin America and Brazil.
Pat Davey - drums and percussion
Andrew Woolf - tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet
Rachel Hayter - flute
Jonny Wickham - bass
Dave O'Brien - piano
Hannah Condlifffe graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours. Since then has won many major prizes and scholarships. She as guest principal oboist with the Royal North Philharmonia Orchestra has played at the BBC Proms and Snape Maltings with Ed Gardner, also at the Berliner Konzerthaus and other venues throughout the UK and Europe. She has performed as a concerto soloist with The European Union Chamber Orchestra and at many UK festivals. Hannah has performed at the Wigmore Hall as a recital soloist and also with the renowned Nash Ensemble. She founded a wind quintet and was awarded a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy.
Her programme for the evening will include Saint-Saëns Oboe Sonata, Silvestrini Hôtel des Roches Noires à Trouville, Poulenc Oboe Sonata, Ravel's Pavane pour une Infante Défunte, Deep River (arranged by Samuel Coleridge Taylor/Hannah Condliffe), and a couple of surprises which will engage our audience.
Mark Rogers is an American pianist specialising in vocal and chamber music. He was a 2020 Britten-Pears Young Artist, a 2021 Leeds Lieder Young Artist, and has three times won the Hester Dickson Lieder prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he has recently finished his undergraduate studies with Graeme McNaught. He was awarded the Alex Menzies Memorial prize for accompaniment, and will be a staff pianist at the Oxenfoord summer school run by Malcolm Martineau. He also recently won first prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society for his article on Samuel Barber in their new Young Classical Writers competition. Mark is currently studying for a masters in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with James Baillieu and Michael Dussek.
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 alumnus 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.
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.