Sophie Mather (violin)
Wed 6 July, 12:15

£10.00

Uppermill Methodist Church

Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccio
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Ravel Violin Sonata

Two superb, experienced artists join together for this delightful programme of English and French Violin classics: repeatedly voted no.1 in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame,The Lark Ascending masterfully evokes the timelessness of an idyllic English country landscape and remains one of Vaughan Williams’ most enduring works. Sophie, a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, completes her programme with the sparkling Saint-Saëns Capriccio and Ravel’s colourful Sonata, with its Blues-inspired slow movement and exhilarating finale.

Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccio
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Ravel Violin Sonata

Two superb, experienced artists join together for this delightful programme of English and French Violin classics: repeatedly voted no.1 in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame,The Lark Ascending masterfully evokes the timelessness of an idyllic English country landscape and remains one of Vaughan Williams’ most enduring works. Sophie, a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, completes her programme with the sparkling Saint-Saëns Capriccio and Ravel’s colourful Sonata, with its Blues-inspired slow movement and exhilarating finale.

Sophie Mather is a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Berkeley Ensemble. She studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Deakin and then moved to London to study with Clio Gould at the Royal Academy of Music. She very much enjoys a varied musical life and plays in a wide range of freelance groups including the Scottish Ensemble, London Contemporary Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. She also enjoys teaching both privately and at Blackheath High Junior School.

Sophie is thrilled to be returning to the Uppermill Festival following her performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in the 2018 Festival Finale.

British pianist Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed over 300 concerts throughout the UK, appearing at venues such as: St James’ Piccadilly, London; the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford; Hutcheson’s Hall, Glasgow; and at the Lowry, Salford Quays with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at Festivals including the International Lake District Summer Music Festival, the Ryedale and Isle of Wight Festivals, whilst in 2010 he gave a solo recital for the inaugural Geneva International Academy and Festival.

Duncan’s solo repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to works by living composers, and he has premiered new pieces by Ed Hughes and Stephen Montague, and featured in the launch of the ABRSM’s ‘Spectrum 2’ series at Wigmore Hall alongside Richard Rodney Bennett. He has also performed over 20 concertos, including mainstream works by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninov, plus works by Dohnanyi, Copland and Henze with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors such as Nicholas Kok, En Shao, Edward Warren and Benjamin Ellin.

Duncan studied at the RNCM with Renna Kellaway and John Gough on the joint degree course with Manchester University and graduated with a first-class honours degree and Diplomas in professional performance. Competition successes included First Prizes in the John Ireland Competition (in both Piano Solo and Song Accompaniment) and the Proctor-Gregg Recital Prize.

Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at the University of Manchester, a position he has held since 2006, and over the years he has also taught at Junior RNCM, Chetham’s School of Music and Yorkshire Young Musicians. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Uppermill Summer and Autumn Music Festivals.

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