A programme including Kodály's substantial and unusual Duo for violin and cello and Rebecca Clarke's piano trio. Please note, audience numbers are limited to comply with the City's COVID policies, so please do sign up to attend.
- Madeleine Mitchell, violin
- Joseph Spooner, cello
- Sophia Rahman, piano
Zoltán Kodály, Duo for Violin and Cello op.7 (1914)
- Allegro serioso, non troppo
- Maestoso e Largamente, ma non troppo lento – Presto
Claude Debussy, Préludes from Book 2
- "La puerta del Vino"
- "La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune"
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), Piano Trio (1921)
- Moderato ma appassionato
- Andante molto semplice
- Allegro vigoroso
Madeleine Mitchell (violin) has performed as soloist and chamber musician in 50 countries in a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast for radio and TV, in festivals including the BBC Proms. She has performed concertos with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil and for the BBC. She performs and records Grace Williams Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in November 2021. As a recording artist with an acclaimed discography, she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards including her award-winning collaboration FiddleSticks with percussion. Many composers have written works for her, including Sir James MacMillan and Michael Nyman and she has also championed early 20th century British music. A frequent recitalist of standard repertoire, Madeleine Mitchell represented Britain in the festival UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the Queen’s Jubilee in Rome and the Canberra International Music Festival. Madeleine founded and directs the London Chamber Ensemble, which gave a performance on International Women’s Day this year of her programme ‘A Century of Music by UK Women 1921-2021’, performers including Joseph Spooner, Sophia Rahman and Ian Pace. https://www.madeleinemitchell.com/
Joseph Spooner (cello). His diverse career has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, and from the recording studio to the concert platform, with recitals and concerto performances in Continental Europe, Russia, New York, Mexico, and New Zealand. Notable chamber music collaborators have included David Owen Norris and Madeleine Mitchell. Joseph’s delving into the repertoire has led to the recovery of unjustly neglected works and effusive critical reception for the recordings of them, including Percy Sherwood’s Double Concerto (with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Rupert Marshall-Luck), Sea-Croon (a disc of previously unexplored 1920s English music), and Francis Pott’s At First Light for choir and solo cello. Joseph is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and is proud to be the dedicatee of works by Alwynne Pritchard, Errollyn Wallen, and Martin Read. His instrument was made by Nicholas Vuillaume in c.1865. http://josephspooner.net/
Sophia Rahman (piano) made the first UK recording of Florence Price’s piano concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for Radio 3. Her discography includes Shostakovich’s concerto Op. 35 with Scottish Ensemble for Linn Records and thirty chamber music discs. Sophia is a class pianist at IMS/Prussia Cove, mainly for Steven Isserlis, subsequent to her work for William Pleeth at the Britten-Pears School. She teaches on the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Classical String Masters at University of Limerick. Following tuition with Antonietta Notariello, Sophia attended the Yehudi Menuhin School under Peter Norris, Vlado Perlemuter and Louis Kentner. After taking a first-class honours degree in English from King’s College, London she completed her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Malcolm Martineau. She is a winner of the Royal Overseas League’s Accompanist Award and currently Artistic Director of the Whittington International Chamber Music Festival.