August 2017 Music Festival
St Lawrence Jewry Summer Chamber Music Festival 2017
20 lunchtime concerts starting at 1.00pm
Monday 31st JULY
Tessa Uys returns to the summer festival to open it with one of the finest of J. S. Bach’s compositions for keyboard, the Goldberg Variations BWV 988. A magnificent beginning to this year’s chamber music offering!
Tuesday 1st AUGUST
Helen Bailey, soprano Chad Kelly, piano
Helen and Chad have chosen to include Bach’s Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut and Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa in their recital. In addition, a Mozart concert aria is scheduled together with a world premier composition from her husband, Jim Clements.
The Leading Ladies in ‘Sacred and Secular’
Singers Catrin Lewis, Suzi Saperia, and Rosemary Clifford, with their pianist Louisa Lam offer us Bach’s Suscepit Israel from the Magnificat together with music by Mozart, Fauré and a group of British folksongs including My love is like a red, red rose. Gershwin might also put in a brief appearance!
Matthew Huber, cello
The first of three concerts which will present all six of Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello, composed when the master served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. Matthew will begin by performing No’s 1 and 6 BWV 1007-1012.
Emmanuel Bach, violin
Our first opportunity to listen to the unaccompanied violin in this festival. Emmanuel has chosen two works of approximately equal length and unquestionable genius: Bach’s Partita No 3 in E major BWV 1006 and the Sonata No 3 in C major BWV 1005.
Sarah Campbell, trumpet Zeynep Özsuca-Rattle, piano
We warmly welcome the return of this talented musician and, making her first appearance with us, her equally accomplished pianist. The Vivaldi/Bach Trumpet Concerto in D major will feature, together with an arrangement of Bach's Bist du Bei Mir.
Javier Montañana, violin Hannah Lewis, cello Cesar Saura, piano
The trio will play one the finest works of Igor Shostakovich, the Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Op 67 from1944 when he was aged 38. They will follow it with a dazzling transcription for piano trio by their pianist, Cesar, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 6.
Veronica Yen, piano
For her debut with the Festival, Veronica has selected Beethoven’s Sonata Op 110 in three movements. In addition, and in keeping with our celebrated composer for 2017, she will play Bach’s French Suite No 5 in G major BWV 816
Yoanna Prodanova, cello
And now the second concert of our series of unaccompanied Bach Suites for cello. On this occasion the No’s 2 and 3 BWV 1007-1012 will be performed by this very gifted, sweet toned, Bulgarian cellist.
Mayda Narvey, cello Horacio Lopez Redondo, piano
Another debut duo for the festival! Mayda and Horacio will open their programme with Bach’s Sonatas No 1 in G major BWV 1027, No 2 in D major BWV 1028 and the Italian Concerto in F major. Also in their programme today is Mayda’s own composition – Cantata for Cello and Piano.
Viktor Stenjhem, violin
The Norwegian violinist makes a welcome return to the festival to help us celebrate the great Bach! He has programmed two of the famous works for violin, principally the Partita No 1 in B minor BWV 1002. In contrast, he will also perform a work from one of his homeland’s composers, Terje Bjørklund, the beautiful Per La Strada.
Ashley Fripp, piano
Ashley has prepared a beautifully balanced programme in tribute to the genius of Bach. The Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826, the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 876, the Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 and the French Suite No 5 in G major, BWV 816. What more can we ask?
Chad Vindin, piano Singers to be advised...
Bach, apparently a coffee enthusiast, wrote this rare, secular work in 1735 in celebration of the beverage. In addition to this ‘operatic’ offering Chad will perform a keyboard work by Bach’s fifth child, his second son, the famed Carl Phillip Emanuel.
Yoanna Prodanova and Matthew Huber, cellos
The third and final concert of Bach suites for cello series No’s 4 and 5 BWV 1007-1012 will feature. Yoanna and Matthew will join forces to share the performance of one of the suites as a ravishing finale.
The Christian Ludwig Ensemble
Celebrating Bach without the Brandenburg Concertos? No, we’re offered No 2 in F major BWV 1047 and No 4 in G Major BWV 1049, plus a surprise solo from one of the members of this youthful ensemble.
The Bridge Ensemble
Katherine Clarke, Anna Growns, Henrietta Hill, Kesari Pundarika, violas
A rare opportunity to listen to music composed for the unusual combination of four violas! The Ensemble’s programme will feature the Bach Chaconne arranged by Ichiro Nodaira, together with York Bowen’s Fantasia for four violas Op 41 No 1.
Sholto Kynoch, piano Josphine Goddard, soprano
Sholto, making a welcome return both as soloist and accompanist to one of Britain’s finest young sopranos making her debut with the Festival. We’ll have Bach’s Partita in B flat, BWV 825 and a group of Schumann lied which will include the sublime Stille Tränen.
Charlotte Rowan, violin Charlotte Stevenson, piano
The two Charlottes making their debut with us this year will play the Adagio and Fugue from Bach’s Sonata No 1 BMV 1001, part of a lovely menu including Shostakovich, Glazunov and others. Listen out for the Milhaud arranged by Jascha Heifetz!
ENSEMBLE CANON JAPAN
Toshiko Matsudaira, soprano Yoko Yokoyama, mezzo-soprano Yoshiko Toyonaga, piano
From Bach’s Präludium Cis-Dor BWV 848 via Mendelsohn duets to Japanese Art Song and folk songs with such intriguing titles as Gooey, Gooey, Soft and Sticky, Pass Along and Where are you all from!
Alexandra Lomeiko, violin Lisa Bucknell, viola, Timothée Botbol, cello
Now, the final concert of Festival 2017 and with the work with which we opened, Bach’s Goldberg Variations but in a wonderful arrangement for string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Alexandra, the virtuoso player from New Zealand will lead, with Lisa, the supremely gifted violist from Australia and Timothée, the extremely talented cellist from Switzerland.
Bravi and Amen!