Thursday 24 June 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Concert in memory of Dennis Brain:
Alexei Watkins (horn)
Alex Woolf (piano)
Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F Op 17 (14')
Poulenc: Élégie (10')
Dukas: Villanelle (7')
Woolf: Aria (2017)
Saint-Saëns: Romance Op 36 (5')
Vinter: Hunter's Moon (6')
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Born in 1995, London-based French Horn player Alexei Watkins graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree (First-Class Honours) in 2017 and a Master of Arts Degree (DisLncLon) in 2018. During his Lme at the Academy, amongst other accolades, he was awarded the Dennis Brain Prize.As a soloist, Alexei has performed recitals extensively across the UK at venues including St John’s Smith Square, the Buxton International Festival, the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, Blackheath Halls, Hampton Court Palace, Southwark Cathedral and Charlton House, Greenwich. Recently he has performed the Brtten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings both in the UK and abroad as well as Mozart’s 3rd and 4th Horn Concertos. In
2019 Alexei won the University of London Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.He is a keen orchestral player and has guested as Principal Horn with Glyndebourne Touring Orchestra, English National Opera and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orches tra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and was Principal Horn of the Britten Pears Orchestra (2015-2017).
Alex Woolf (b. 1995) is an award-winning British composer, described by Gramophone as‘a major presence in starry company'. His music has been performed by artists and ensembles including Sir James Galway, London Symphony Orchestra, Alice Coote, and The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge. 2020 sees the premiere of Alex's opera A Feast in the Time of Plague at Grange Park Opera, with an all-star cast including Simon Keenlyside, Susan Bullock, Janis Kelly, Peter Hoare, Claire Booth and Soraya Mafi. In autumn 2020 Alex's Requiem is released commercially on the Delphian label, with soloists Nicky Spence, Philip Higham and Iain Burnside. Notable recent works include M1 Symphony for the BBC Philharmonic; Fairfield Fanfare for London Mozart Players; and the song cycle Quiet London for Rowan Pierce, Elgan Llyr Thomas and Iain Burnside. Alex's NHS Symphony (2018) won awards at the Prix Europa, and was praised as ‘groundbreaking' ( The Times ) and ‘haunting' ( Metro) . In 2018 Alex received the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, and in 2012 he was BBC Young Composer of the Year. Alex studied at St John's College, Cambridge, and at the Royal Academy of Music.
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