Thursday 4 March 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Sandra Porter (mezzo soprano)
John Rogers (viola)
Yoriko Wakabayashi (piano)
Schumann/Liszt : ‘Widmung' (piano solo) (4')
Purcell arr. Britten:
‘If music be the food of love'
‘Man is for the woman made'
‘Sweeter than roses'
Brahms: 2 Songs for alto, viola and piano Op 91 (12')
Faure: Barcarolle Op 26 no 1 (piano solo) (5')
Faure: 5 songs
Le papillon et la fleur Op 1 no 1
Chanson d'amour Op 27 no 1
Le secret Op 23 no 3
Mandoline Op 58 no 1
En sourdine Op 58 no 2
Turina: Farruca from Triptico Op 45 (3')
Obradors: ‘El Vito' (3')
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Sandra Porter is an experienced and versatile singer. Recitals have always played an important part of her work and, in addition to her many performances, she has commissioned, recorded and broadcast for Radio 3 and Radio Scotland, enjoying the challenge of continually exploring new and varied repertoire. In concert Sandra has been a soloist throughout the UK and abroad in Milan, Tokyo, Beijing, and Germany including performances with Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Tellemann Ensemble, Chamber Group of Scotland, BBC SSO, Scottish Sinfonia, International Festival Choir and Sentieri Selvaggi. An accomplished opera singer and actress and at home in both comic and dramatic, Sandra now specialises in particular in character roles and has worked with English National Opera, European Chamber Opera, London Early Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, and Buxton Festival Opera. Recently her performances include Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) Iford Opera, Marthe (Faust) Everyman Theatre Cork, Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), Katisha (Mikado) Cork Opera House, a performance of Sally Beamish's dramatic scena Clara in the RCS concert series and a lieder recital at Glasgow City Hall. Future plans include a commercial recording of Clara and Robert Schumann songs with 'Clara' by Sally Beamish.
The son of two of New Zealand's leading chamber musicians, John Rogers (viola) has been immersed in chamber music throughout his career. Through scholarships to the Royal College of Music and the University of Michigan he received coaching and masterclasses with members of the Chilingirian, Juilliard, Allegri, Aeolian, Camerata, Orion, Rasumovsky and Endellion quartets and the Bach Aria Group, New York, plus classes with Martin Katz, Manoug Parikian, Kim Kashkashian, Steven Isserlis, Yo Yo Ma, and Yuri Bashmet. He has performed, coached and recorded chamber music in NZ, the US and Hong Kong, where he was Principal Viola in the HK Philharmonic, as well as the in UK. After working with the Philharmonia, BBC orchestras, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and others he has concentrated on chamber-sized opera, latterly 20 years with English Touring Opera and the Old Street Band. As a physics graduate he lectured at the University of Hawaii and continues to find application of the study of musical acoustics.
Yoriko Wakabayashi was born in Tokyo and studied at The Royal Academy of Music in London between 198 7 and 1992. Making London her home and professional base, she has since established herself as a distinguished international performer and teacher. She is a regular recitalist giving concerts throughout the UK and abroad, notably in Japan and Malaysia. She has broadcast on Classic FM and recorded for the Oxford Classics label. Chamber music partnerships include a piano duo with her husband, pianist Graham Caskie. She has given numerous masterclasses and has been invited on the faculty at the Chetham's International Piano Summer School on several occasions. For many years she was Assistant Director of the UK-Japan Choir and she is in constant demand as a teacher. Yoriko's repertoire covers many styles, from Bach to Kapustin, Beethoven to Shostakovich, but it is perhaps her Chopin which has earned a particularly strong reputation and has received critical acclaim.
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