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Markson Music and Wine Evening   Wednesday 30th April 2014 7.00pm - Joseph Fleetwood
Tickets £6.00 on the door or pre-booked ; £4.00 Concessions
 

Programme
Scarlatti Sonata In E minor
Sonata In C major
Sonata In D major
Mozart Sonata K.570
Liszt Sonata in B minor
Ginastera Tres Danzas Argentinas

Joseph Fleetwood comes from an extraordinary musical lineage, having studied extensively with George Donald, a concert pianist in Scotland and a pupil of Karl Ulrich-Schnabel. Karl’s teacher was Artur Schnabel, a pupil of Leschetiszky, who had studied under Czerny. Czerny was a protégée of Ludwig van Beethoven. It is from this training that Joseph’s concept of tone production and preparation has been developed, and his playing is attracting international critical acclaim.

He started playing piano at the age of 6, teaching himself to play by ear almost as soon as a keyboard became available to him, and gave his first recitals at the age of 11. His performances would garner praise from many quarters, and some of his recitals lead fellow Scottish pianist Murray McLachlan (now Head of Keyboard at Chetham’s) to hail Joseph as ‘an outstanding young performer’ when Joseph was only 15.

Entering the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama at the age of 18, Joseph went on to give performances of Rachmaninoff 2, Beethoven 1, Grieg Piano Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and Tchaikovsky 1 in his student years. Joseph developed his skills in the field of chamber music and Lieder, and won the RSAMD’s coveted Lieder Prize when he was 19. During his post-graduate study at the Royal College of Music in London, he was awarded first-class honours for his trio performances.

More recently, Joseph has given recitals for London’s Caledonian Club, Norwich and Norfolk Chamber Music Club, Chelmsford Cathedral Music Club, Cheltenham Town Hall, and many other concert series in the UK. He has performed in Vienna, Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg, Wurzburg, Milan, Naples, and continues to build his international reputation. In Milan, it was noted that Joseph "....played with the precision of a fine-arts jeweller, elevating the art of playing the Chopin Revolutionary Etude to a higher plane".

Joseph is comfortable in many areas of the repertoire and his recitals regularly include works by Liszt, Debussy, Beethoven, Schubert, Ginastera, Janacek, Bartok, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Brahms and many others. His concerto repertoire includes, Rachmaninoff 1, 2, 3, Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Shostakovich 2, Tchaikovsky 1 and 2, Mendelssohn 1 and Mozart 25.

Joseph’s playing has been broadcast on BBC 2 Scotland, BBC 4 and BBC Radio Scotland as part of the 2010 Scottish Proms, and his CD of Grieg’s piano music has been aired on many Scottish radio stations including BBC Scotland’s “Classics Unwrapped” programme. In Autumn 2013 Joseph will be recording his second solo album in association with Clement Pianos Recording Studio in Nottingham, and Bluthner Pianos
 
Markson Music and Wine Evening   Wednesday May 28th 2014 at 7:00 pm - Carol-Anne Grainger (Soprano) accompanied by John Collis
Tickets £6.00 on the door or pre-booked ; £4.00 Concessions
If Music be the Food of Love Programme :
Purcell: Music for a While
Handel: Bel Piacere
Art Thou Troubled
Mozart: Dans Veilchen

Dans un Bois Solitaire
Un Moto di Gioia
Haydn: Menuet & Trio
Schumann: Widmung

Die Lotosblume
Er Ist's
Head: Ships of Arcady
Beloved
A Blackbird Singing
Granados: Danza de la Rosa
Canteloube: Bailero
L'Aio de Rotso
Poulenc: Mouvements Perpetuels
Sondheim: On the Steps of the Palace
Not a Day Goes By
Weill: My Ship
Saga of Jenny

Since completing her studies at London College of Music (where she was awarded the Lloyd-Webber Performance Prize) and Trinity College of Music Carol-Anne has enjoyed a wide variety of performance situations from Oratorio to Musical Theatre.

Roles performed include, Amore (Coronation of Poppea ), Barbarina (Marriage of Figaro), First Geni & Papagena (Magic Flute) ,Zerlina (Don Giovanni),Hansel (Hansel & Gretel) Tuptim (King & I ), Young Sally (Follies), Yum Yum (Mikado) and she created the role of Lucie Dreyfus for the premier of Dreyfus at the London International Jewish Music Festival.

Carol – Anne has worked both in the UK and internationally with, Classical Productions (Aida Carmen & Tosca), The G&S Company ( Iolanthe Yeoman of the Guard), the music in education company Opex 2000 and Surrey Opera. She has appeared with “Not Pavarotti” at the, Wandsworth Arts Festival, Mole Valley Arts Alive, and the Lake District International Music Festival and most recently at The Pheasantry.

As a professional chorister her ensemble work includes the Ambrosian Chorus, John McCarthy Singers, London Voices, West London Synagogue and the Geoffrey Mitchell Singers for Opera Rara. . Oratorio engagements in London and the South East include, The Christmas Story (Schutz), Wachet auf, raft uns die Stimme, St John’s Passion (Bach), Requiem (Mozart) Maria Theresa Mass (Hayden), Messe Solennelle (Rossini) and in Terra Pax (Finzi). Carol-Anne has performed recitals for the City of London Festival, St Andrew’s, Holborn, St Brides Fleet Street and recently performing “If Music be the Food of Love” at Lauderdale House, The Southwark Play House and the Bletchingley Centre and Mandeville Place.. In less traditional performance venues she has also performed for the Council for Music in Hospitals. Last year she was fortunate enough to perform excerpts from Paddington Pollaky by Bryan Kesselman for the final showcase of the Flourish composer’s competition for Opera up Close and the Kings Head Theatre. Over the last few years Carol-Anne has been kept more than busy marketing and performing with Not Pavarotti (www.notpavarotti.org.uk ) touring small theatres and arts centres throughout the country with their two-hour theatre shows.
 
Markson Music and Wine Evening   Wednesday June 25th 2014 at 7:00 pm - James Brawn
Tickets £6.00 on the door or pre-booked ; £4.00 Concessions
 

Celebrating the release of 'A Beethoven Odyssey' Volumes 1 and 2, James's performance will include Beethoven Op.28 'Pastoral', Op.79, and Op.90 sonatas, together with some other works.A tremendous display of pianistic virtuosity with a powerful interpretation.; Evening Telegraph (UK). Since his Mozart K.503 concerto debut in Australia aged twelve, pianist James Brawn has forged his own musical path of discovery, studying with great pianists who can trace their pedagogical lineage back to Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Clara Schumann.
James was born in England, but has lived around the world in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Starting piano lessons at the age of seven, James performed on New Zealand television and won his first awards in Auckland in 1979. His family moved to Melbourne the following year where his musical studies blossomed through the 1980s with Margaret Schofield (a pupil of Solomon), Ronald Farren-Price (a pupil of Arrau) and Rita Reichman (a pupil of Serkin and Horszowski), winning major prizes at eisteddfods and scholarships including the Hephzibah Menuhin award presented by Yehudi Menuhin. While still at school, James performed concerti by Mozart, Beethoven 4, Saint-Saens 2 and Rachmaninoff 2. He also reached the concerto final of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1987, leading to concerts with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony orchestras under conductors Omri Hadari and Patrick Thomas.

With a major overseas study grant from the Australia Arts Council, James was able to continue work with his mentor, Rita Reichman in Philadelphia, gaining a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 1988. There, he studied with Frank Wibaut and Christopher Elton, winning many recital awards including the Beethoven, Romantic and 20th century prizes, and performing in master classes with great pianists including András Schiff, Tamás Vásáry, Stephen Kovacevich, Fou Ts’ong and Menahem Pressler. James also studied chamber music with members of the Amadeus and Chilingirian Quartets and attended the Britten-Pears and Lake District summer schools. At the age of 19, James won the Keyboard final of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Recitals as soloist and in chamber music partnerships followed around the UK at music societies and festivals, including performances at the Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. James' Piccadilly. James furthered his studies with the Armenian pianist, Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, and the Slovenian pianist, Marina Horak.

In 2001, James moved to Melbourne where he took up a position at Scotch College, in one of the finest music departments in Australia. Since that time he has worked on many artistic projects, performing for music societies, universities and festivals in Australia, China and the UK. James has recorded for ABC Classic FM and 3MBS radio and is co-founder of the biennial Scotch College Melbourne Piano Festival. Recent programmes have included 'The Time Traveller', 'Russian Promenade', 'The Bach Code' and 'My Beethoven Odyssey'.

Now based in the Cotswolds, James begins his odyssey to perform and record the complete Beethoven piano sonatas through 2011 - 2015. In April 2012, recording started at Potton Hall in Suffolk working with producer Jeremy Hayes. This season, James performs solo recitals in London, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Chichester, Paris, Sicily, the Cotswolds, Manchester, Glasgow, Brunei, Hong Kong and New Orleans.
 
Markson Music and Wine Evening   Wednesday July 30th 2014 at 7:00 pm - Nadav Hertzka
Tickets £6.00 on the door or pre-booked ; £4.00 Concessions
 

Programme
Janacek: In the Mists
Borenstein: Reminiscences of Childhood op. 54
Rachmaninov: Elegie in E Flat Minor, Op. 3 No. 1
Waley-Cohen: Five Breathes
Bartok: Dance Suite Sz. 77

Israeli pianist Nadav Hertzka has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in major venues such as Carnegie Weill Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Shanghai Conservatory, and Avery Fisher Hall. His festival appearances include the Mostly Mozart Festival in Lincoln Center, the Beethoven Festival in Israel and the Mozart Festival in Malta, as well as engagements in China, Russia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, England and Scotland.

Mr. Hertzka made his orchestral debut at age 14 with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and has since worked with conductors Trevor Pinnock, Yi-An Xu, Mendi Rodan, Ishay Steckler, Eliezer Hachiti and Talia Ilan among others. He was featured on Radio and Television, including BBC3 and BBC Scotland. Winner of many international prizes and awards, including the Pinault Society International Piano Competition in New-York, the Frank Peleg and Ben-Haim competitions in Israel, the Rubin Academy Piano Prize, The Daniel Howard Trust Award, the Carlton House Award, and Howard de Walden Award. He is also a winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship Competition, and has won scholarships in both Piano and Chamber Music.

Born in Tel-Aviv in 1986, Mr. Hertzka began his studies at age seven with Mrs. Nina Tansky. In 1996, he continued his studies with Mrs. Hadassah Gonen at the Israeli Conservatory of Music. He received his BMus Degree from the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy as a student of Prof. Arie Vardi, and his MA Degree with Mr. Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
 
Markson Music and Wine Evening   Wednesday September 24th 2014 at 7:00 pm - John Adams
Tickets £6.00 on the door or pre-booked ; £4.00 Concessions
Programme details to be confirmed,
 
Markson Music and Wine Evening  

Wednesday October 29th 2014 at 7:00 pm - Lola Perrin and the Ivory Duo
Tickets £6.00 on the door or pre-booked ; £4.00 Concessions
Programme:
Ivory Duo

Lola Perrin is a composer, pianist, publisher and contributor to International Piano magazine. She has played live and been interviewed on various radio programmes including Radio 3 Jazz Line Up, Radio 4 Science Matters and local BBC radio stations, appeared at the First International Conference of Minimalist Music, Bangor and in 2011 played her USA debut at Women in the Arts, St Louis Missouri.

Lola has performed extensively in the UK in recent years at venues including the Design Museum, London’s Jazz Café, Latitude Festival, Henham Park, 2010 and the London Jazz Festival. In 2011 she played a seven date concert series hosted by Markson Pianos dedicated to her eight piano suites.

Commissions include silent film scores for Barbican Cinema (Germaine Dulac’s The Seashell and the Clergyman, and The Smiling Madame Beudet), piano works for Elena Riu and a substantial composition for bass clarinet ensemble (2012) commissioned by Sarah Watts. Her Birds Eye View Festival commissioned score for Victor Sjöström's ‘The Wind’ won Silent London’s Best Silent Film Soundtrack 2011.

Tracks from CDs appear on UK TV broadcasts and European & USA radio playlists. Lola has created works after Edward Hopper, Ansel Adams, Rachel Whiteread, Nazarin Montag, Carsten Hoeller and Hussein Chalayan. She has worked live in various spoken word and music collaborations with author Hanif Kureishi, writer broadcaster Mihir Bose, poet Sue Hubbard, natural history filmmaker Paul Williams, geologist Dr Adam Maloof, neuroscientist Dr Martin Coath, and collaborated with filmmakers Phil Maxwell/Hazuan Hashim, The Gray Circle, Roberto Battista, Eirik Evjen, John Bryson and Vincent Buller.