Wednesday July 22nd 7.30 pm
Sarah Gabriel (soprano) Viv McLean (piano)
Works by Purcell, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Gershwin
The Barbican String Quartet
Programme to follow
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Sarah Gabriel has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne, Dartington and Cheltenham International Festivals and has broadcast for BBC2, BBC Radio 3 and 4, NPR (USA), RTÉ, France Musique, and Radio France. As a soloist with orchestra, she has performed with ensembles including London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, English Chamber Orchestra at venues including the Southbank Centre, Kings Place London, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, the Lowry Salford and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Work with other disciplines includes the world premiere of Michael Daugherty's Labyrinth of Love with Rambert Dance Company, several plays and her first feature film. Her play, A House on Middagh Street was premiered during the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival. Projects for the 2019/20 season include the new solo opera with Joseph Atkins The Trial of Artemisia, the new show Fly Me to the Moon celebrating the moon landing 50th anniversary with Lucy Hawking and Joseph Atkins, the revivals of her solo shows Lucretia's Last Breath and Dorothy Parker Takes a Trip (Oxford Playhouse), appearing as the vocalist on Air Loom's new album and national tour, and commissioning and singing The London Songbook (14 new songs by 14 composers).
Viv McLean (piano) , the winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona , has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan , Australia and the USA . He has played concerti with most major UK orchestras, performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Ysaye String Quartet and the Leopold String Trio. Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies' Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain . Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 and recorded for Sony Classical Japan and Naxos , as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's own label. Viv lives in Harrow and has been a huge supporter of concerts at both St Mary's Perivale and St Barnabas in recent years.
The London based Barbican String Quartet is an exciting young ensemble quickly establishing themselves internationally. Claimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times) and “blazing and unusually forthright performance” (The Telegraph) the quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and it consists of violinists Amarins Wierdsma and Tim Crawford, violist Christoph Slenczka and cellist Yoanna Prodanova. First prize winners of the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition as well as the 2018 St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, the Barbican quartet are Young Artists in the St John Smith's Square scheme in 2020. They made their Wigmore Hall début on 2017 thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award, and were 2016 Park Lane Group artists. In 2018 the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded them the Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize. The Barbican Quartet has appeared in such festivals as the Montreal International String Quartet Academy, IMS Prussia Cove, Harmos Festival, Portugal and also undertaken a residency in Aldeburgh in 2017. Their performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as a part of the Barbican Total Immersion and BBC Proms. The Barbican quartet currently studies with Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia String Quartet Academy in Madrid, and they regularly work with members of the Belcea quartet thanks to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust. They are very grateful to the Hattori Trust for their support, and to the Dutch Instrument Foundation for the use of Amarins' Guadagnini violin and the Canimex Group (Canada) for the loan of Yoanna's Gagliano cello.
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