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Choral / Orchestral Concert at
University of West London, Weston Hall
St Mary's Road, Ealing W5 5RF
7.30pm on Thursday 9th

 

Allegri:                       Miserere mei, Deus

W.A. Mozart:              Concerto in A for basset clarinet K.622

W.A. Mozart:              Requiem K.626

 

Conductor:  Nigel Short

Soloists:      Anna Hashimoto (basset clarinet)

Soloists:      Katie Trethewey (soprano)
Soloists:      Martha McLorinan (mezzo soprano)
Soloists:      Nicholas Madden (tenor)
Soloists:      Stephen Kennedy (baritone)

Director:      Stephanie Gonley

 

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We bring together two Ealing based worldclass ensembles for this special concert, marking the start of the 2017 festival: Tenebrae and The English Chamber Orchestra, ECO. They are performing with Anna Hashimoto, who regularly plays with them as a soloist.

The English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers. The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence. The ECO’s long relationship with such great musicians as Slava Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, and earlier with Daniel Barenboim led to an acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos as live performances and recordings, followed later by two further recordings of the complete cycle, with Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida.

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. Tenebrae’s ever-increasing discography has brought about collaborations with Signum, Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, LSO Live, and Warner Classics. In 2012 Tenebrae were the first-ever ensemble to be multi-nominated in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards, securing the accolade of Best Choral Performance for their recording of Victoria’s Requiem Mass, 1605. The following year the choir’s recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards, having been described as “the very best Fauré Requiem on disc” (Gramophone Magazine) and “the English choral tradition at its zenith” (Richard Morrison). In 2014 the choir’s recording of Russian Orthodox music was launched on its own label, Bene Arte, receiving glowing reviews and reaching number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart. In 2016 Tenebrae received its second BBC Music Magazine Award for a recording of Brahms and Bruckner Motets, the profits from the sale of which benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. In order to mark Tenebrae’s fifteenth anniversary, this season the choir is re-releasing its first major commission by Joby Talbot, Path of Miracles, alongside a new work by rising composer, Owain Park.

Anna Hashimoto was the winner of the International Clarinet Competitions in Kortrijk (Belgium) in 2010, in Carlino (Italy) in 2009, and the Young Clarinettists Competition in Tokyo in 2003. She has performed in major venues in the UK, Europe, USA, Mexico and Japan, including London’s South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall, Prague’s Dvorak Hall and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. She has played concertos with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, Filharmonie Hradec Kralove, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the NHK Symphony. She has broadcast on NHK TV and FM, FM Tokyo, ABC Radio and BBC Radio 3, including NHK-FM’s ‘Best of Classic’ and NHK TV’s ‘Classic Club’ (joint recital with Michael Collins). Anna’s debut solo album ‘A Touch of France’ attracted very favourable reviews in the UK, USA and Japan and was followed by a second solo album on the Meridian label, 'A Touch of Anna'.

Award-winning conductor Nigel Short has built up an enviable reputation for his recording and live performance work with leading orchestras and ensembles across the world. A singer of great acclaim, Nigel was a member of the renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994–2000. Upon leaving the group he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication for passion and precision, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this season. Under his direction, Tenebrae has collaborated with internationally acclaimed orchestras and instrumentalists and now enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

Katie Trethewey is an English soprano specialising in the performance of Baroque and Classical opera and oratorio. A music graduate of Birmingham University, she gained a post-graduate Distinction in singing from Birmingham Conservatoire and has since appeared as a soloist at high-profile UK venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John's Smith Square, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and King's College, Cambridge. Katie's classical oratorio repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae Solonnes de Confessore, Vesperae de Dominica and Mass in C minor, and Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass. She has received great critical acclaim for her many recent concert performances including Bach’s Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra at Birmingham Symphony Hall and Orff’s Carmina Burana for Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome.

British Mezzo-soprano Martha McLorinan trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has received prizes at the Thelma King Award and Royal Overseas League. 2016 has seen her perform as a soloist at York Early Music Festival (lute songs with Jacob Heringman), the Barbican festival (Copland's In The Beginning) and Aldeburgh Festival (Bach's Magnificat). He solo oratorio highlights include both of Bach's Passions at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Handel's Messiah at Birmingham Symphony Hall and at Cadogan Hall, Duruflé's Requiem at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Bach's Magnificat at St.John's Cathedral, Malta, Vivaldi's Gloria at St. Stephen's Walbrook, and Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes at Kings Place.

Stephen took to music at a very early age, being surrounded by his mother’s piano pupils and choir rehearsals during the day and being lulled to sleep by her practising Chopin in the evenings. He started piano lessons with her at three years old and violin at six. At nine he gained a place as a chorister with Westminster Cathedral Choir, recording CDs, touring France, the USA and Rome and, of course, singing at the daily services under the direction of David Hill and James O’Donnell. He was appointed Head Chorister in his final year. During his time at the Choir School he also took up the viola under the tuition of Edward Vanderspar, studying chamber music with Patricia Calnan. Early in his career, he joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company performing and understudying roles in productions of Iolanthe, Yeomen of the Guard and The Mikado. He later combined singing, acting and viola as a member of the Gogmagogs, a theatrical string septet. Their show Gumbo Jumbo toured Finland, Germany, Denmark, Greece, South Korea and Singapore. He then joined the all-singing all-dancing comedy string quartet Graffiti Classics in 2007 touring worldwide with their Edinburgh Festival show as well as providing education workshops in schools all over Europe and working with severely physically and mentally handicapped children. His solo baritone performances include Handel’s Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer.

Nick Madden was born in New Zealand, moving to England in 2005 to take up a Lay Clerkship at Ely Cathedral, before moving on to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in 2007. In addition to singing at daily services and regular appearances in front of the Royal Family at private and state occasions, Nick has toured widely around the UK, Europe, US and Asia with a variety of eminent chamber choirs and early music groups. He regularly appears as a member and soloist with professional ensembles and has also worked as a soloist with a variety of chamber choirs and choral societies around London and the Home Counties, appearing in Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem and for Sir Colin Davis in Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Nick is a founding member of close-harmony group, The Queens Six, based at Windsor.