Concerts begins at 1.10pm and will last approx 45 minutes
Series: City University Concert Series
Beethoven Sonata no. 2 in G minor, op. 5
Franck Sonata in A major
Richard Birchall made his Purcell Room debut in 2010 in a recital with Clare Hammond which included London premieres of works by Edward Harper and Sally Beamish, receiving a number of enthusiastic reviews. He returned to the South Bank earlier this year to perform Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse in the opening concert of the Park Lane Group New Year Series; his piece Mirrors - a PLG commission - was premiered in the same concert by cello octet Cellophony. Richard has appeared as concerto soloist with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra, Nonesuch Orchestra, Sinfonia Tamesa and others, at venues such as St John's Smith Square and West Road concert hall, Cambridge.
In November 2010 Richard gave the UK premiere of Samuel Zyman's Suite for Two Cellos with the great Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto; other recent chamber work has included appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, St James's Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-fields.Richard is a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is currently on trial as Principal Cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and as Principal no. 2 with the Northern Sinfonia. He has worked for the past three years as a regular freelance member of the English Chamber Orchestra, and also with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Manning Camerata, London Octave and many others.
Richard read Music at Cambridge University before studying as a postgraduate cellist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins. In addition to his performing schedule, Richard works as a composer and arranger; his Psycho Suite, a transcription for the Tippett Quartet's disc of chamber music by Bernard Herrmann, is a new release on Signum Classics.
Acclaimed by The Daily Telegraph as a pianist of "amazing power and panache", Clare Hammond has performed across Europe, Russia and Canada and has appeared over the past year at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Her recent Purcell Room debut for the Park Lane Group concert series was praised by The Guardian for its "crisp precision and unflashy intelligence". Since her debut with orchestra at the age of eleven, she has acquired a concerto repertoire of over 15 works which she has performed at major venues across the UK and on the continent. Solo engagements have included recitals in concert series and festivals across Britain, in Paris, Florence, Aalborg and Moscow.Clare is a committed chamber musician and has collaborated with Andrew Kennedy, Jennifer Pike, Philippe Graffin, Lawrence Power and the Endellion, Dante and Benaïm String Quartets. Forthcoming highlights include Panufnik, Szymanowski and Prokofiev at the Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group and a debut CD of contemporary British piano music to be released by Prima Facie records in 2011. Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and is currently pursuing postgraduate study with Ronan O'Hora at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with Professor Rhian Samuel at City University. She is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.