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Linos Piano Trio
Saturday, 12th March 2016
We are delighted to welcome back the Linos Piano Trio fresh from their success after winning both 1st prize and audience prize at the 2015 international Melbourne Chamber Music Competition.
The Linos Piano Trio is recognised as one of the most dynamic and creative ensembles and is renowned for the distinctive voice it gives to a very wide range of the trio repertoire. Praised for the “slow-burning, gripping” performance by the Strad as well as the “astounding performance” by the Hannoversche Allgemein, the rising reputation of the Linos Piano Trio has taken it to prestigious venues including the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Menuhin Hall, Schoenberg Center in Vienna and György Ligeti Hall.
- Ludwig v. Beethoven: Trio op. 11
- Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
- Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No 3 c-minor With Ulrich Eichenauer: Viola
Floating World Ensemble
Saturday, 6th February 2016
Our second concert consists of an evening of delightful ancient Japanese music , performed on authentic Japanese instruments by some of its finest practitioners.
Keiko Kitamura’s early years were spent studying koto (Japanese zither) and shamisen (three-stringed Japanese lute) in Fukuyama under the tutelage of her aunt Kyoko Kitamura, an Ikuta School grand master of the famous Miyagi association, and she achieved the status of Ikuta master herself in 2001.
Keiko has performed widely throughout Japan and around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the London Olympics, British Museum and live in concert and studio for BBC 3.
Keiko will captivate us with the unique vibrations of her 13 string Koto and Vocals while Clive Bell accompanies on the unmistakable Shakuhachi.
Optional supper served at 7:00pm, Concert begins at 8:15pm
Romantic Era and Contemporary Songs
Saturday, 7th November 2015
We begin our series with a Lieder recital of romantic and contemporary songs with the talented Mezzo Soprano Kimberley Boettger-Soller, 1st prize winner at the 9th International “Franz Schubert and the Modern Music” Competition in Graz, and 2nd prize at the 2013 Paula-Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb “das Lied” in Berlin.
Assisterd by piano and viola Ms Boettger-Soller will provide a night to remember.
Piano: Prach Boondiskulchok
Viola: Ulrich Eichenauer
Performance will include:
- Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Frauenliebe und Leben
- Prach Boondiskulchok: Goose Daughter (excerpts)
- Benjamin Britten: Op 41
- Johannes Brahms: two Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Viola
Chamber Music Concert
Our second concert of the year will take place on the 9th of May at 7:30pm. The wonderful duo of John Barker and Helen Cawthorne will perform a selection of English, French and German art songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Fauré, Hahn, Barber, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams.
John Barker won the premier award for young singers at the Royal National Eisteddfod and Gwent Foundation and Welsh Arts Council awards for advanced studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He has given solo recitals at the Purcell Room with Roger Vignoles (London Romantics International Festival) and Helen Cawthorne (Westmorland Concerts) and recitals with Helen Cawthorne for the Schubert Society of Great Britain (Die Schöene Müllerin and Winterreise), and at the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton. As a young singer he made numerous live and studio broadcasts for the BBC, including a televised performance with Sioned Williams, principal harp of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the first broadcast performance of Raiders' Dawn. In recent years he has managed the ambitious arts programme at Bedales.
Helen Cawthorne has performed extensively as a freelance accompanist and chamber musician, giving recitals at music clubs and leading venues across the country, including the Wigmore Hall and many appearances at London's South Bank. As a freelance accompanist in London she worked with soloists of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, as rehearsal accompanist for the London Symphony Chorus and as an audition accompanist for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Four years after leaving the Royal Academy of Music, where she had been a major prizewinner as both soloist and accompanist, she was invited to join the teaching staff of the Junior Academy. Work in music education has remained a strong component of her subsequent career and, in addition to posts at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music, she taught piano for many years at Bedales School. She is a part-time Lecturer in Performance at the University of Southampton and travels worldwide as a diploma examiner for the ABRSM.
A light supper (soup and salad) will be served at 6:30pm. The concert will begin at 7:30pm. Seating is limited, so bookings are required. A minimum £20 donation is suggested.
Classical Trio Concert at Brockwood
Brockwood Park is delighted to welcome back the Linos Piano Trio who will perform on 7th March, in a concert that includes pieces by C.P.E Bach, W.A. Mozart and J. Brahms. The Royal Philharmonic Society recently named the Trio winners of the 2014 Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for young string players. Trio pianist, Prach Boondiskulchok, is a former Brockwood student and piano teacher. In the first half, the trio will be joined by current Brockwood music teacher, Ulrich Eichenauer, who was at one time principal violist of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. A light supper (soup and salad) will be served at 6:30pm. Seating is limited, so bookings are required. A minimum £20 donation is suggested. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The concert will start at 8pm and will include
- C.P.E. Bach, Piano Trio in B-flat major Wq. 89 no. 1
- W.A. Mozart, Piano Quartet in g minor k478
- Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet in c minor
Volunteers Needed at the School
We are creating a Volunteers Database at Brockwood and wonder if you would like to be included? At different times of the year, when the School is not in session, we need help to organise and run special events at Brockwood, or assistance with cooking, gardening, housekeeping, or maintenance. If you are listed on our Volunteer Database you will be notified of these occasions and opportunities and if you are willing and able to join us, we would welcome your help. If you would like to be placed on the Database please contact us via our contact page.