Thursday 25 November 3.00 pm
Fenella Humphreys (violin)
Viv McLean (piano)
Bruch: Romance Op 42 (10')
Grace Williams: Violin Sonata
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (15')
Ruth Gipps: Evocation
Ravel: Tzigane (10')
Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career focusing on chamber music and solo work. Her playing has been described in the press as ‘amazing' (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder' (IRR). She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, and German, Canadian, Australian and Korean radio and TV. A champion of new and unknown music, a number of eminent British composers have written works for Fenella. During 2014/15 she premiered a set of 6 new solo violin works by leading British composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with performances at Aldeburgh, The Forge, and St. Magnus and Presteigne Festivals etc. She has been fortunate to record these works over 2 critically acclaimed CDs for Champs Hill Records, both discs chosen by BBC Music Magazine as Instrumental disc of the month (October 2015 and January 2017) with 5 Star reviews, and the second also picked as Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Described on BBC Radio 3's Record Review as an ‘absolutely exquisite album', and a Recommended Recording in the Strad Magazine, Fenella's new CD, ‘So Many Stars' with Nicola Eimer was released on Stone Records in the spring. Her latest album, Max Richter's Four Seasons Recomposed on Rubicon Classics has been chosen as BBC Music Magazine's Concerto Choice, Scala's Album of the Week, and included in Apple Music's Classical A-List. Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing. Her teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno, studying at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf graduating with the highest attainable marks.
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.
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