THE YANNOULA-SECCHI DUO
Wednesday 13 October 2021
All tickets include a complimentary pre-concert drink
We travel across time through varied musical styles that flow seamlessly thanks to The Yannoula-Secchi Duo’s unique sentiment and sound.
In the first half, a beautiful selection of folk and folk-inspired songs from the UK, Italy and Greece, telling stories of love, loss, joy and promise. Also, solo guitar compositions by Gianluigi Secchi.
1st half includes:
Mala Femmena (Italian)
Ànema e Core (Italian)
A Vucchella (Italian)
Paper Moon (Greek)
Linden Lea (British)
Scarborough Fair (British)
In the second half, melodious, enchanting and powerful ballads from different musical genres such as musical theatre, pop, folk rock and jazz.
2nd half includes:
Send In The Clowns (musical theatre)
Hallelujah (folk rock)
At Last (jazz)
Someone Like You (pop)
Your Song (pop)
Vicky Yannoula is a classical pianist and contemporary singer with a rich and diverse portfolio of activities in performance as well as management and education. Alongside her performing, she is the Director of York Music Hub and Chief Executive of the Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust.
When on stage, Vicky performs classical repertoire as a pianist and contemporary repertoire as a singer, including art songs, musical theatre, cabaret, folk, jazz, pop, rock and soul.
Vicky began receiving piano tuition at the age of eight in Corfu (Greece) where she was born. She continued her piano studies at the National Conservatory of Athens and obtained her Piano Recital Diploma with Distinction and a Special Prize for Exceptional Performance. She holds a Bachelor in Music (Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the Royal College of Music and a Masters in Performance from Goldsmiths College.
She has given piano solo/chamber music concerts and piano concertos in venues such as the Royal International Pavilion Llangollen, Queen Elizabeth Hall, William Aston Hall, Kings Place and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, she has conducted the Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, and has collaborated with musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Joseph Calleja (tenor), Peter Jablonski (piano) and Maria Farantouri (singer).
Vicky Yannoula has released world premiere piano recordings with Toccata Classics and Resonus Classics. Current collaborations that explore a variety of voice and piano repertoire, from classical to contemporary, include ‘Words & Music’ performances with humanitarian Terry Waite CBE and Vicky on the piano, voice-piano and piano-duo performances with pianist/composer Neil Crossland, and voice-guitar performances with guitarist/composer Gianluigi Secchi with their 'The Yannoula-Secchi Duo'.
Gianluigi Secchi has been playing the guitar since he was 15 years old, when his father gave him his first guitar. His formal studies began in 2009, learning the basics of fingerpicking. In 2010, he moved to Milan to study jazz guitar at the Accademia Del Suono, continuing in 2011-2012 at the "Luigi Canepa Conservatory" of Sassari.
He has been involved in many projects with different bands, with which he had the opportunity to play and perform in different styles such as Funk, Fusion, Bossa, R&B, Pop, Reggae, and to experiment with song-writing.
In the autumn of October 2017, Gianluigi moved to London where he regularly performs as a soloist and collaborates with singers and other instrumentalists. He has also performed in a voice-guitar duo at P&O Cruises performing pop and jazz repertoire.
In December 2018, in addition to teaching modern guitar and fingerpicking, he decided to use an experimental method for children aged 3 to 8 years at a private school in London. This method tends to develop psychomotor skills combined with listening, singing, dancing and drawing, and is currently being considered for a children’s educational book.
In July 2019, Gianluigi was selected for the "Emerging Guitarist 2019" competition launched by ADGPA in Conegliano, while in September the same year he was chosen by the Armadillo Club for the "New Sound Of Acoustic Music" in Cremona.
His first album of soundtracks "Adventure in D" is currently available, where tradition and modernity alternate in a mix of different sounds that cross from Classical to Ethnic music, Swing to Bossa, R&B to World music. His second album will be available in late 2021.
Gianluigi is currently collaborating with singer Vicky Yannoula in their duo ‘The Yannoula-Secchi Duo’ performing a very wide range of contemporary music.