Lara Melda (Piano)
Lara Melda rose to international prominence in 2010 when she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of sixteen, performing Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 in the final round, with Vasily Petrenko and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff.
Lara is renowned and highly praised for her Chopin interpretations. A performance of Chopin's 2nd Sonata prompted this review: "Unquestionably one of the most outstanding performances of the piece I've ever heard, it evoked its yearning, energy, loneliness, lyricism, fury and gutsiness with playing of stunning precision, technical adroitness and immense, perceptive feeling."
On Saturday evening Lara will be performing an all Chopin Programme beginning with a series of seven Nocturnes followed by the Barcarolle in F sharp major Op.60. After the Interval she will perform the monumental Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58.
Join us for what promises to be a memorable recital.
The Kosmos Ensemble (Violin, Viola, Cello and Accordion)
Kosmos have crafted a unique programme, inspired by music from all around the globe. Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Swedish songs, Scottish reels, new arrangements by and for the ensemble, with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.
This concert promises to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable concerts we have had for some time.
Elizabeth Bass (Harp) & Katherine Bryer (Oboe)
Elizabeth graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2017 with her First Class Bachelor's Degree and has since embraced the variety of settings that playing the harp can take her to- from BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall to pop sessions at Abbey Road Studios. Major prizes include the Silver Medal in the USA International Harp Competition (2016), First Prize at the North London Camac Harp Competition (2014) and an International Lyon and Healy Award (2013).
London-based oboist Katherine Bryer enjoys a varied career working as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician. She has appeared with some of the UK's major orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
It looks like things are getting back to normal with regards to Covid, with the latest Government announcement lifting the previous restrictions known as "Plan B" so we look forward to seeing a good audience on Saturday and to enjoying a delightful evening of chamber music.