Wednesday November 15th 7.30 pm
Samuel Queen (baritone) Audrey Hyland (piano)
Songs by Mozart, Brahms and Berlioz etc
The Behn String Quartet
Kate Oswin & Alicia Berendse (violins)
Lydia Abell (viola) Ghislaine McMullin (violoncello)
Haydn: String Quartet in D Op 64 no 5 ‘Lark'
Dvorak: String Quartet in F Op 96 ‘American'
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Samuel Queen was born in London, and read English at Cambridge University, where he was awarded the Sir Rudolph Peters Prize for Music, before training at the Royal Academy Opera Course, where he won prizes for opera, Lieder and English Song. His operatic appearances include the Mozart baritone roles, Blazes in Maxwell Davies's The Lighthouse (RAO), Le Fauteuil in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges (BBCSO/Denève) and Schaunard. He covered the role of Don Alfonso for Garsington Opera in 2015. Equally at home in concerts and song recitals, Sam made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014, singing Lieder by Schumann and Schubert. Concert experience includes many of the major oratorios, and he is becoming known for his performances of Christus in Bach's Passions, and the Requiems of Fauré, Brahms and Duruflé. Samuel also maintains a busy private teaching studio, and is committed to music education projects.
Audrey Hyland studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, winning all the major prizes for accompaniment and chamber music. She won the Sir Henry Richardson Prize for accompanists. Her own recital group, Songsmiths, recently received great critical acclaim for their Wigmore Hall debut. Audrey is also in great demand as a vocal coach. She joined the staff at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1999 and has been awarded an honourary ARAM in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the opera department. She heads the RAM's prestigious Song Circle. Audrey also coaches at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and is a guest coach for Samling Foundation masterclasses and Solti repetiteur course in Italy. Recent recitals include appearances at Musée d'Orsay Paris, Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, The Sage, Newcastle, Haddo Arts Festival and the Lyddington Festival.
The Behn Quartet is formed of players from England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Wales. Recipients of the Amadeus Prize 2016, they currently hold the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, and take their name from Aphra Behn, the seventeenth-century playwright, political activist, and philanthropist of the arts.Since their formation in 2015, the Behn Quartet have given recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Guiting Music Festival, Leeds International Chamber Music Festival, at the Southbank Centre, Freemasons Hall, and Colston Hall Bristol. They were honoured to give the world premiere performance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' final work at his Memorial Concert in St John's Smith Square. The Behn Quartet have recorded chamber works by Stravinsky, Maxwell-Davies and Birtwistle for Linn Records in collaboration with Oliver Knussen, and their performances have been broadcast in the Netherlands, on NHK TV Japan, and live on BBC Radio 3. They have given concerts in association with ABRSM, the Concordia Foundation, and are currently resident quartet with Pro Corda. They were thrilled to collaborate with the Doric Quartet for a performance of Shostakovich Octet. The Behn Quartet were also part of the official 40th Anniversary celebrations of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, performing a specially-commissioned “reimagination” of the iconic song featured in news outlets worldwide, and praised by Rolling Stone Magazine as “a sweeping performance as grand as the original”.
Aleksandar Pavlovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. He has graduated from the Royal College of Music in London (2012-16) where he is now on the Master of Piano Performance programme in the class of Norma Fisher. Before his time in the UK, he studied in Belgrade. Pavlovic has performed at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Victoria & Albert museum, Yamaha and Steinway Halls in London, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Belgrade City Hall, Kolarac Concert Hall, The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Conservatoire Slave de Musique in Paris, Aula Magna dell'Universita la Sapienza in Rome, Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Gorizia. He has also appeared on Serbian National Television on several occasions over the last five years. Pavlovic had his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the Radio-Television of Serbia in February 2016 performing R. Schumann's Piano concerto.
The awards that Pavlovic has won in national and international competitions include: The Republic Piano Competition in Serbia – first prize; Petar Konjovic piano competition in Serbia – first prize; Roma and Citta di Gorizia piano competitions in Italy – first prizes, Nikolai Rubinstein piano competition in France – first prize, Robert Schumann and Chapell Medal competitions at the Royal College of Music, London – second and third prizes. In 2010, Pavlovic received the Dositeja Award from the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports for his achievements.