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Louise Thomson to perform at the World Harp Congress 2020

Louise Thomson to perform at the World Harp Congress 2020

Harpist Louise Thomson looks forward to her upcoming performance in collaboration with Polly Ives at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, as part of the World Harp Congress 2020. At the time of writing, the WHC hopes that all events will still go ahead (Covid-19).

Louise and Polly will be presenting their own musical version of the well-loved children’s story Tiddler, the Story-telling Fish written by award-winning author Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which forms part of their ongoing ‘Concerteenies: Harp’ project. The beautifully rhythmic and descriptive words are intertwined with music by Smetana, McKay, Tchaikovsky, Tournier, Fauré and Gershwin. This special underwater journey also involves bubbles, scarves, fabrics, toy-fish, watery lighting and percussion along the way.

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Five new personal programmes from the Galliard Ensemble

Five new personal programmes from the Galliard Ensemble

The Galliard Ensemble is excited to present five new programme proposals, encompassing a wide range of music from their extensive repertoire.

Each of the programmes has been put together by a different member of the quintet, giving the players the opportunity to explore their own unique and charismatic approach to the repertoire.

In choosing their programmes, the Galliards are able to draw on a great wealth of experience, having performed together as a group for over 20 years. The line-up of five players is unchanged since they were BBC New Generation Artists 2002-2004, and they have gone on to become established as one of Britain’s leading chamber groups.

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Important announcement from the Solem Quartet

Important announcement from the Solem Quartet

From the quartet: "Drumroll please ... we are really happy to announce that Stephen Upshaw has joined the quartet as our new violist! Some of you have already met and heard Stephen, but for those that haven’t – you can find out lots more about him here. Stephen is a brilliant musician who we have loved working with in the last couple of months, and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician around the UK, Europe and North America. Alongside a love of chamber music, Stephen has a particular interest in contemporary music, being a member of Riot Ensemble (whose recent disc “Speak Be Silent” was selected as one of The New Yorker Magazine’s best of 2019). Keep your eyes peeled for some sparkly new photos of the four of us coming soon! With welcoming Stephen, we of course have to say goodbye to Ali (our beloved violist of 9 years!) who is now focusing on a career newly balanced towards performing, arranging and teaching in Manchester. As a founding member of the quartet we are all indebted to Ali and will miss him - but we look forward to seeing his future career flourish! "
Linos Piano Trio returns to Barnes Music Festival

Linos Piano Trio returns to Barnes Music Festival

The Linos Piano Trio will perform at the Barnes Music Festival for the second year in a row, giving a concert on Wednesday 11th March at St Mary’s Church, Barnes.

This year’s Barnes Music Festival is programmed around the theme of “Musical Journeys – a voyage of discoveries”, and the Linos Piano Trio features as part of a world-class line-up including Roderick Williams, Stephen Isserlis, Hugo Ticciati & O/Modernt, Jane Glover, Howard Goodall, Alistair McGowan and Charlotte Page.

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The magic of Korngold

The magic of Korngold

Daniel was invited to appear on Dutch TV’s Podium Witteman programme last night, as part of their ‘Melody of the Month’ feature. One of Daniel’s choices was ‘Marietta’s Song’ by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Dutch speakers can hear him talking to presenter Paul Witteman from about 14′ 8″ into the programme here.

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Pas de Deux — upcoming release from Rowland Bogdanovic Duo
Pas de Deux teaser

We are super excited to share with you this first teaser of our upcoming CD "Pas de Deux", made with world class team - Jeremy Hayes and Ben Connellan, at Potton Hall Spa for the wonderful Dutch label Challenge Records International !!! Thank you dear Valentine Laout for this cool video on the roofs of Amsterdam

Posted by Daniel Rowland - violin on Friday, 7 February 2020

Pas de Deux — upcoming release from Rowland Bogdanovic Duo

Daniel Rowland and Maja Bogdanovic are about to release their first duo recording, Pas de Deux, two years after officially forming their duo partnership.
The live score experience – video

The live score experience – video

The Solem Quartet play The Lobster score live @CrouchEndPH tomorrow night (Weds 18th Dec). The live score experience is providing a new, exciting phenomenon for cinema going, enhancing both the…More
First performance in Mexico of Michel van der Aa Violin Concerto

It was a real joy playing Michel van der Aa’s terrific violin concerto in Mexico last week with the excellent Symphony Orchestra with my friend Roberto Beltrán-Zavala, conductor, who shares my love for this fantastic, colorful, virtuosic piece. Here’s a bit of the end of the first movement, for who’s interested in this music, from the rehearsal. The piece also has many beautiful, dreamy and ‘impressionistic’ sections, very exciting to play and I recommend to all violinists! ✨✨

Posted by Daniel Rowland on Saturday, 7 December 2019

First performance in Mexico of Michel van der Aa Violin Concerto

Daniel has just returned from Buenos Aires where he gave the very first performance in Mexico of the Michel van der Aa Violin Concerto.
Opportunities to hear the New Oxford Consort

Opportunities to hear the New Oxford Consort

The New Oxford Consort’s next concerts, on 28th November and 1st December, provide a great chance to hear the group who recently launched a collaboration with Tashmina Artist Louise Thomson (harp).

Louise and the New Oxford Consort are offering an enticing programme of music for upper voices and harp, entitled “Eastern Pictures”, featuring in particular the music of Gustav and Imogen Holst. Their programme showcases the broad range of excellent music that is available to the combination of upper-voice choir and harp, with works including Gustav Holst’s ‘Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda’.

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