Music at  ST MARY'S   Perivale


Sunday 3 April 3.00 pm

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Joseph Spooner (cello)
Margaret Fingerhut (piano)


Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque no 1 in G minor (15')
(single movement)

Bortkiewicz: Romance (from Three Pieces for cello and piano Op 25) (6')

Silvestrov: Barcarole (from Five Pieces for violin and piano) (5')

Arensky: Piano trio in D minor Op 32 (30')
Allegro / Scherzo / Adagio / Finale

Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as  'one of the UK's liveliest musical forces'  (and) ‘  foremost violinists'.  Her performances as soloist and chamber musician in some 50 countries in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast including the BBC Proms, ABC, Bayerisher Rundfunk and Italian TV. She has given many recitals in major venues including Lincoln Center New York, Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre London, Vienna, Moscow, Singapore, Seoul Centre for the Arts and Sydney Opera House and performed as soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Czech Radio, St Petersburg Philharmonic and for the BBC, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in the concerto written for her by Guto Puw, included on her album  Violin Muse  of world premiere recordings by established UK composers. Mitchell's acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes works written for her by composers such as James MacMillan and the popular  Violin Songs . Her Grace WiIliams Chamber Music album with her London Chamber Ensemble has been a great success and she recently recorded her Violin Concerto live with BBC NOW. A highly creative artist, Madeleine devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, and unique collaborations with choir, and solo violin with percussion -  FiddleSticks  and the eponymous album. She has won a Royal Philharmonic   Society   Enterprise Award for her creative projects linking art and music in film including the V&A Faberg é  exhibition with the London Chamber Ensemble 2022. 

Joseph Spooner's performances and recordings have garnered high praise from audiences and critics alike. He came to the cello indirectly, via a degree in Classics at Cambridge, and a doctorate in Greek papyrology at London and Florence universities. During subsequent postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, he embraced traditional repertoire and developed a taste for contemporary and non-standard works. Since then, he has pursued a diverse career, principally as a soloist and chamber musician, and this work has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, and from the recording studio to concert platforms in Continental Europe, New York, Russia, Mexico and New Zealand. As a soloist, there have been performances of familiar and less familiar concertos (including Dvorák, Leighton, Korngold, Shostakovitch and Moeran); broadcasts from his recordings on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand; and recital series featuring the complete works for the cello by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch, and the Mighty Handful. Joseph has worked extensively as a chamber musician; regular collaborators include David Owen Norris and Madeleine Mitchell. His work with contemporary-music ensembles (notably Continuum and New Music Players) has included performances at major festivals (among them Huddersfield), broadcasts (BBC Radio 3, Channel 4), several premieres, and recordings of works by Errollyn Wallen and Roger Smalley. Joseph was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, and in 2013 was made an honorary member of the International Felix Draeseke Society. He is proud to be the dedicatee of Alwynne Pritchard's Danaides, Errollyn Wallen's Spirit Symphony: Speed Dating for Two Orchestras, and Martin Read's Troper Fragment. His instrument was made by Nicholas Vuillaume in c.1865

Margaret Fingerhut has been described by Gramophone as a pianist of “consummate skill and thrilling conviction”.  Her distinguished career has taken her all over the world and she is particularly known for her innovative recital programmes in which she explores the highways and byways of the piano repertoire.  As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the all the UK's major orchestras, and she is frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and many radio stations worldwide.  Her extensive discography on the Chandos label has received much critical acclaim and won many accolades. Her recordings reflect her long-standing fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire, including works by Bax, Berkeley, Berkeley, Bloch, Dukas, Elgar, Falla, Grieg, Howells, Leighton, Novák, Stanford, Suk and Tansman, as well as several pioneering collections of 19 th century Russian and early 20 th century French piano music. Two of her Bax recordings were nominated for Gramophone awards, and her disc of solo piano music by the Polish/French composer Alexandre Tansman was awarded the accolade of “Diapason D'Or” in France. Her disc of encores "Endless Song" was Featured Album of the Week on Classic FM and was selected as “Editor's Choice” in Pianist magazine. She was the soloist in the première recording of Elgar's sketches for his Piano Concerto slow movement, and she also made the first recording of a rediscovered student piece by Rachmaninoff.  In 2019 Margaret undertook a major tour to raise money for refugees, performing her specially created programme of words and music called “Far from the Home I Love” at 32 venues across the UK. She raised a total of £88,000, which is £1,000 for every piano key, and was presented with a ‘Champion of Sanctuary' award by City of Sanctuary UK in recognition of her work.

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