MUSIC BY JULIAN DAWES
Sunday 7 July 2019
Tickets: £15, £12 Concession (seniors & students) (including a complimentary drink in the interval)
MUSIC BY JULIAN DAWES - A recital of a variety of music for piano, flute and viola, including Sonata for piano, Sonata for flute and piano and the first performance of Sonatina for solo viola.
Five Preludes for Piano
Sonatina for Solo Viola
Three miniatures for piano
Ballade for Piano
Reflection on Psalm 43 for Piano
Praise the Lord with the flute for Flute and Piano
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Sonata for flute and Piano
Nocturne for Piano
Reflection on Psalm 121 for Piano
Meditation on Sh’ma Koleinu for Piano
Sonata for Piano
Julian Dawes has worked extensively as a composer, accompanist and teacher. He has written scores for many theatre productions in the United Kingdom, including credits at the Royal Court, The Riverside Studios, Battersea Arts Centre, The Arts Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and The Bristol Old Vic. His scores for Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and Edward ll are both scores for these plays lodged with the Brecht Estate in Berlin. His musical The Braddocks Time was a commission by the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, and The Sacrifice, a music drama based on a Japanese No play was initially premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and in a revised version by The Acting Company at the New End Theatre.
For the concert hall he wrote a Mandolin Concerto, a commission from an International Music Competition for professional Mandolin players in Schweinfurt Germany. He has written choral music and chamber music for a variety of combinations of instruments, as well as thirteen song-cycles, including ‘Songs of Ashes’, a setting of fifteen poems by the Polish poet, Jerzy Ficowski, on the subject of the Holocaust. This work has been broadcast in Israel a number of times. His cantata ‘The Death of Moses’ and his Oratorio ‘Ruth’ were both first performed in London to high acclaim, as was also a recital of his music at the Wigmore Hall. His third oratorio, Shirat Hayam (The Song Of The Sea), a setting of the biblical poem from the book of Exodus, received its first performance by the Alyth Choral Society in 2013, and his Pesach Cantata telling the story of Passover was first performed at the New London Synagogue in April 2016.
"Amongst his 20th century English influences are the pastoralism and extended tonality of Herbert Howells, the richness of Walton, the elegant delicacy of Berkeley and the jazzy impetus of Rodney Bennett; wider European influences include the caustic irony of Shostakovich and Kurt Weill and the rhythmic impetus of Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Yet Dawes welds from his influences an individual voice that is distinctive and refreshing, displaying assured craftsmanship and characterful invention." (Malcolm Miller 2008)
Elitsa Bogdanova - viola
Elitsa started learning the viola at the age of 12 and shortly after she joined the National Music School “L. Pipkov” in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to London in 2007 to complete her Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Alexander Zemtsov and Rachel Roberts. During her time at Guildhall Elitsa developed a keen interest for historical performance, working closely with Jane Rogers and Pavlo Beznosiuk.
Elitsa is quickly establishing herself as an active freelancer, having performed on period instruments with ensembles like the London Handel Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, The Hanover Band, Academy of Ancient Music, La Nuova Musica and Ensemble DeNote. As the principal violist of La Serenissima, who specialise in Venetian music, Elitsa has performed in Italy, Malta, France, Germany and at numerous major UK venues and a festivals.
Elitsa has also worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, United Strings of Europe and Faust Chamber Orchestra (with whom she performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in 2015). Elitsa is a member of the 12 Ensemble who recently recorded their debut album and performed at the Paris Philharmonie.
As a regular player with Camerata Alma Viva, Elitsa has taken part in residencies in Spain, Geneva and Switzerland and has performed at the Royal Opera House and toured in the UK, Russia, France and Belgium with the Gandini Jugglers' show 4x4: Ephemeral Architectures.
Elitsa is a member of the Consone Quartet who focus on exploring classical and early romantic repertoire on period instruments, winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2016. The group has performed in several European countries and will be touring in Bolivia in April 2018. Consone is currently in the third year of the EEemerging Programme in France, through which it recorded a CD album of Haydn and Mendelssohn on the Ambronay Label.
Between 2013 and 2015 Elitsa co-directed the interdisciplinary art festival '180°' in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Catherine Hare - flute
Flautist Catherine Hare graduated from the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music with distinction in 2018, following an undergraduate degree at the same institution. Throughout her studies, Catherine was a scholarship student, supported by John Lewis Partnership, the Arts Council of Wales and Craxton Memorial Trust.
Catherine has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of their Student Pathway Scheme and at several UK theatres as a deputy band member for the Wicked UK Tour; she has also performed with acclaimed chamber ensemble Trio Apaches and on baroque flute with Ex Cathedra.
In addition to a busy performance schedule, Catherine is also committed to widening access for live classical music through her work as a teacher and workshop leader. Her chamber ensemble Campana Duo, with violinist Emma Purslow, specialises in accessible performance and is a Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots ensemble for the 18/19 season. The Campana Duo are delighted to be Live Music Now Musicians, regularly performing to a diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music.
A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Catherine has performed in all major UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Proms, under the baton of internationally renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Vasily Petrenko and Vladimir Jurowski.
Prior to taking a place at the Royal College of Music, Catherine attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where she was Head Girl in her final year.
Mitra Alice Tham - piano
Mitra Alice Tham’s first public performance was at the age of three and her international debut at the age of eight in Japan. Originally from Malaysia, she has won many prizes at international competitions, including the Rosario-Marciano Preis for the most eminent artist personality, the Russischer Musikpreis for the best interpretation of Russian music, the coveted title ‘The Excellent Player Award’ at the prestigious Asia Oceania Festival held in Thailand and the ‘Young Millennium Pianist’ of Singapore.
She was the recipient of scholarships from the Purcell School, Singapore Lee Foundation, Singapore National Arts Council, Shaw Foundation, Chiron Trust and received the ‘Gifted Young Musician’ Bursary. Mitra attended the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied under Patsy Toh. She obtained her Master’s degree in performance at Mannes School of Music, New York where she studied with the distinguished late Cuban-American pianist Jacob Lateiner.
Mitra was awarded the Blüthner scholarship to study at the International Sommer Musikakademie in Leipzig, performing at the Göhliser Schloßer and Gewandhaus. For two consecutive years, she was awarded a scholarship by the Mozarteum Universität for their Musicakademie. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 33rd International Workshop of the America Institute of Music Society held at Graz, Austria.
Her performances in Asia, Europe, United States and Great Britain include solo, chamber music and concerto concerts. Her performances exhibit her special talent of composing live on stage, and she has been featured extensively on television throughout Asia. She has performed to luminary dignitaries such as the late President of Singapore in the Singapore President Charity Concert and HRH The Prince of Wales, in a performance at the Purcell School that was aired on national radio later that evening. Prince Charles in an interview described the performance as ‘brilliant and excellent’.