Concerts

2017 programme

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Sunday, 7th May 2017, 4pm piano and violin Jong-Gyung Park and Katy Johns

 

•   Beethoven, Sonata No. 8 in G Major

•   E. Bloch, Nigun

•   Brahms, Sonata in G Major

•   Works by Fritz Kreisler

 

Jong-Gyung made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of thirteen. After study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston on a scholarship, she finished her formal musical training at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.

 

She has performed across the UK and abroad: in North and South America, Germany, Russia, Italy, and Netherlands. Her recent concert activities include solo and chamber music recitals in concert series in Solothurn, Switzerland, the Royal Theatre of Monnaie in Brussels, and the Sala Verdi in Milan. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses in the United States, South America, and Asia.

 

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Tickets: £15 non-members; £12 members; children free. To include light refreshments: tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. Please telephone us: 01342 850594 to tell us you are coming (payment will be collected during the interval in cash or cheque, please.)

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Saturday, 10th June 2017, 4pm (guided tour of the house is available at 2pm) voice and lute duo The Evening Star of Summer: Alessandra Testai and Robin Jeffrey

 

•   John Dowland (1563 - 1626), Come away, come sweet love

•   Emmanuel Tessier/Robert Dowland 1612, In a grove most rich of shade

•   Anthony Holborne (? - 1602), Galliard

 

•   S. Molinaro (1599), Tanto gentile  Dante /  Ballo, il Conte Orlando

•   Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 - 1643), Se l’aura spira

•   Claudin de Sermisy (c.1490 - 1562), Tant que vivray

•   Antoine Boesset  (1586 - 1643), Objet de ces Charmes si Doux

 

•   C. P. Cavafy (1863 - 1933), Ithaca

                                          Waiting for the barbarians / Nero’s term

•   Una hija tiene el Rey (Sephardi traditional, Alexandria)

•   Mia smyrnia sto parathiri (Greek Asia Minor traditional)

•   A. Kyriazis (? - 1925), Hijaz mandilatos   

 

INTERVAL

 

•   Francesco Corbetta (1615-81), Filli mia

                                              Allemande

•   Abraham Cowley (1618-67), The wish

•   Robert Johnson (1583 - 1633), Full fathom five / Where the bee sucks

•   William Barnes (1800-86), Arrane ghelby

•   T. Carolan (1670 - 1738), Manx trad. Sidh beig, sidh mor

•   William Barnes, Sheades

                        The Evenen Star o’Summer

•   Scots traditional / Robert Burns, Ca’ the yowes

•   F.P.Tosti (1846 - 1916), O falce di luna calante

                                      Marechiare

 

Alessandra Testai was born in Livorno, Tuscany. She studied music and singing at the Liceo Musicale Pietro Mascagni, the University of Pisa, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alessandra has her musical roots in the varied traditions of Italian song – opera, classical recital repertoire and the popular songs of the street and countryside. She has sung as a soloist in opera and oratorio in several international festivals throughout Europe; including as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Cortona, Italy), Eve and Gabriel in Haydn’s Creation (Cyprus) and various roles in Pergolesi’s Serva Padrona and Stabat mater, Cavalieri’s Rappresentazione di Anima e di Corpo (La Chaise-Dieu, France, and Southwark Festival, London), Jephte, Bach’s Magnificat, Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Cimarosa’s Amor Rende Sagace.

 

Robin Jeffrey studied at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. A versatile performer on instruments of the lute and guitar families, he has played and recorded with many of the well-known names in the early music field, including The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, English Baroque Soloists, The Purcell Quartet and Red Byrd. He has also performed as an instrumental specialist with ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Playing regularly in many productions of Monteverdi, Purcell and Handel operas for English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne and other companies, he has also performed extensively in productions for the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

Robin has wide musical interests, and beside his work in Renaissance and Baroque music he is active in the performance of Middle Eastern classical and traditional music, playing the oud, laouto and tambour. His performances of both traditional Jewish music and the folk music have been heard internationally, and his other playing has been heard on many television and film soundtracks, including The Passion of the Christ and Attila the Hun. His career has taken him to the USA and Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Japan, Australia and most of the countries of Europe.

 

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Tickets: £15 non-members; £12 members; children free. To include light refreshments: tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. Please telephone us: 01342 850594 to tell us you are coming (payment will be collected during the interval in cash or cheque, please.) _______________________________________________________________

 

Friday, 16th June 2017, 7pm – piano, bass and sax (contemporary Anglo-Russian jazz) Under a Dionysian Sky: Leonid Vintskevich, Steve Kershaw and Nick Vintskevich

 

Note: the start time of this concert has been changed to 7pm.

 

Cutting edge Anglo-Russian contemporary jazz, fusing the aesthetics of the jazz, folk and classical music traditions. Elegant, passionate, beautiful and dynamic trio sounds from an innovative ensemble of high class multicultural composers and improvisers. The trio’s recent album, Under a Different Sky, was one of Jazzview's albums of the year 2016, and also entered the Europe Jazz Media Chart as one of the 13 albums most listened to in European Jazz publications' editorial rooms in March 2017.

 

‘Shameless passion … astounding imaginings … exhilarating music’ (Jazzviews)

 

‘I love this track!’ [The Waltz of the Young Turks] (Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2)

 

‘An unorthodox trio that does some wonderful work on originals … Impressive mix of freedom and form’ (Jazz Weekly, USA)

 

‘A very attractive CD […] striking, clear and forceful, very melodic […] A most pleasing release’ (Cadence, USA)

 

50% of the proceeds of this concert will be donated to Action Against Cancer, a charity which funds the development of cures for cancer at Imperial College, London led by world-renowned oncologist, Professor Justin Stebbing. The groundbreaking programmes that they fund focus on developing new diagnostics and treatments to improve the survival prospects and quality of life for millions of cancer sufferers worldwide. The remaining proceeds will go to the artists. Subject to weather, we hope to hold this concert in the open air, on the south terrace.

 

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Tickets: £15 non-members; £12 members; children free. To include light refreshments: tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. Please telephone us: 01342 850594 to tell us you are coming (payment will be collected during the interval in cash or cheque, please.)

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Sunday, 16th July 2017, 4pm – harpsichord and piano Alexandra Kremakova

 

•   works by Purcell, Rameau, Couperin, J. S. Bach, Byrd, Scarlatti, Sweelinck and Royer

 

Alexandra completed her MMus degree in Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London as a Leverhulme Scholar, as well as a Postgraduate Artist Diploma course under the supervision of Martino Tirimo, and recently graduated from an Advanced Independent Study Programme in the same conservatoire, working with Mikhail Kazakevich.

 

Previously, she completed with honours her Bachelor degree in Piano Performance in the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the class of Marina Kapatzinskaya. In 2013, she was the winner of the Trinity Laban Soloists' Competition and performed with the conservatoire orchestra.

 

A prizewinner in over twenty national and international competitions, she has received awards from Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, Bourgas Municipality and Bourgas Rotary Club. Alexandra has performed in venues such as Barbican Centre, National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Blackheath Halls, Handel House, and others.

 

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Saturday, 29th July 2017, 4pm (guided tour of the house is available at 2pm) – guitar duo – Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth

 

•   Opening Philip Glass

•   Whenever You're Away Bela Farago

•   Nagoya Guitars Steve Reich

•   Viennese Sonatina No. 1 W. A. Mozart

•   Three harpsichord arrangements J. P. Rameau

 

INTERVAL

 

•   Duo No.1 Ferdinando Carulli

•   Milonga Jorge Cardoso

•   Three two-part inventions J. S. Bach

•   Three Brazilian pieces Celso Machado

 

Jon Rattenbury is an active guitarist and music educator. He has wide experience as a performer on guitar and as a music tutor. Jon has worked as a music examiner for RSL and the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and has recently worked as a music consultant for ABRSM, helping to develop a new popular music syllabus. Jon completed his Masters in music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has interests in both historical and contemporary musicology. In 2014, the Lute Society published Jon's critical edition of 17th century baroque guitar songs from the library of Samuel Pepys at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

 

Brian Ashworth studied classical guitar; piano, and harmony, benefiting greatly from his studies with Robert Brightmore at music college in London. Professional projects have included TV and radio work with composer Karl Jenkins, working from Olympic Studios in London. His recent focus has remained in contemporary music and education, working in Brighton as a guitar, bass, drum kit and ukulele teacher. Brian also travels internationally as a performer, presenter, and educator. He has played and recorded with many ensembles over the years, with particular interest in 'Early' and 'Late' periods of music.

 

Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars began playing as a duo to prepare music for a celebration of composer Milton Babbitt's centenary in 2016. Their performance was recorded for later broadcast by BBC Radio 3's 'Hear & Now' show (clip here), and Brian and Jon also performed Babbitt's music at further concerts. Inspired to explore the guitar duet repertoire further, Brian and Jon now perform a wide range of music for two guitars. This includes arrangements of Baroque keyboard music, well-known Classical guitar duets, choros from Latin America, and works by the American minimalists. Both guitarists are also members of the Sussex Guitar Quartet, which is currently rehearsing for concerts later this year.

 

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Tickets: £15 non-members; £12 members; children free. To include light refreshments: tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. Please telephone us: 01342 850594 to tell us you are coming (payment will be collected during the interval in cash or cheque, please.)

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Saturday, 26th August 2017, 4pm (guided tour of the house is available at 2pm) – soprano and piano – Maureen Lyle, Abigail Sudbury and Gary Branch (John Kerr Company)

 

•   Menuett in C Haydn (extracts)

•   Let Him Go James Hook (performed in individual verses)

•   She Never Told her Love J. Haydn

•   The Lark sings high in the cornfield T. Linley (the elder)

•   How sweet the calm of this seqeustred shore S Storace

•   Sonata Op.36 No. 4 movs. 1 & 2 M. Clementi

•   Voi Que Sapete A. W. Mozart

•   The Jolly Young Warman C. Dibdin

•   See a grand pavillon Yonder W. Boyce

•   Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, 1st mov. A. W. Mozart (extract)

•   The Wanderer J. Haydn

•   Go Lovely Rose J. P. Salomon

•   Air from Orpheus and Eurydice C. W. Gluck (extract)

 

Based on Fanny Burney's 'Evelina'. A light hearted show telling the story of an innocent country girl of the late 18th century who is introduced to London society, including songs and music of the period.

 

Maureen Lyle (adaptation and narrator) has had a career as a literary critic, character singer and writer of shows with music, song, poetry and narration. Maureen was the founder of the John Kerr Award for English Song and has performed widely, but in recent years has been based, where she regularly performed, at Finchcocks Musical Museum in Kent. She has worked alongside musicians including Richard Burnett (pianist), Steven Devine (harpsichordist, director and early keyboard specialist) and Greg Tassell (tenor). Maureen is presently working on an adaption of Pride and Prejudice focusing on the main characters of Elizabeth and Darcy. The JKC is aiming to premiere the show in 2018.

 

Abigail Sudbury studied for a Masters Degree in Historical Performance at Goldsmiths College, exploring Handel’s vocal music. She continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where her repertoire expanded to include Britten, Janacek and Gluck. She was awarded the Eva Turner Award for Sopranos with dramatic potential, and covered the role of Nitrocris in Handel's Belshazzar, with the Manchester Camerata. Whilst there, she developed a love of English Song. Having been a finalist in the John Kerr Award for two years running, she now sings to promote the awareness of English Song as a Trustee of the John Kerr Award. In opera, she has played The Governess and Susannah for Clonter Opera. More recently, Leonora for English Touring Opera and Donna Anna as a young artist for Mid Wales Opera. Abigail regularly performs in the chorus, including minor roles, at Holland Park Opera.

 

Gary Branch studied piano at Trinity College of Music, London with Anthony Peebles and Christine Croshaw graduating with a GTCL Honours degree and Post-Graduate Performance Certificate. He won numerous prizes including The Elsa and Leonard Cross Memorial Trust Scholarship for a performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22. Through teaching, Gary discovered Finchcocks Musical Museum of early keyboard instruments. Since 2004, he has become closely involved with Finchcocks - demonstrating, performing and workshop teaching as part of their educational team. In 2010 Gary was appointed Educational Coordinator until it closed in 2015. He is presently involved with development projects for the Finchcocks Charity. Gary has worked with several well known musicians including Neil Jenkins (tenor), Kathleen Kemler (American flutist) and Steven Devine (harpsichordist/period piano.) He has recorded with Greg Tassell (tenor) a disc of English song titled ‘I’ll Sing Thee Songs’ which has had wide acclaim. He has broadcast on BBC local radio and has performed widely around the UK and in The

Netherlands.

 

Gary has just released a recording of guitar and piano duo music of early 19th century with classical guitar specialist Jamie Akers for the Resonus label. Titled ‘Classical Vienna’ it was recorded Finchcocks working with a Graf fortepiano. It gained a 5 star review from Early Music Review. Gary has also recorded for BBC’s ‘Great Railway Journeys’ at Finchcocks focusing on Broadwood and Sons square pianos and there link to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This was broadcast in early 2016.

 

Tickets: £15 non-members; £12 members; children free. To include light refreshments: tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. Please telephone us: 01342 850594 to tell us you are coming (payment will be collected during the interval in cash or cheque, please.)

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Tuning

Keyboard instruments at Hammerwood are classically tuned, to permit a greater degree of musical expression. For more information, click here to listen to a recording of Ralitska Penkova performing two of Chopin's Nocturnes and his Piano Sonata No. 2, at Hammerwood in August 2016, on an 1802 fortepiano tuned in a variation of Werkmeister III temperament.

 

Click here and here for YouTube videos of more general explanations of the effect of unequal temperament on mood and emotion in music. To see a list of all classical temperament recordings made at Hammerwood on YouTube, click here.

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How to book

Our concert programme is available to view in its entirety on Bachtrack.

 

Please call +44 (0)1342 850594, or email in advance, to let us know that you plan to come. If you are coming to a concert between October and May, please bring warm clothing as the house is mostly unheated.

 

Please also do get in touch if you would like to discuss performing. Concerts are fairly informal, and provide an ideal location for a final rehearsal before performance at a larger venue. We have always encouraged young performers, as well as more experienced musicians.

 

Tickets can be bought during the interval. Young people are particularly encouraged to attend.

 

•   Members of Hammerwood Park Society: £12

•   Non-members of Hammerwood Park Society: £15

•   Adults bringing children (up to 18): half-price.

•   Children (up to 18): free

 

For more information on Hammerwood Park Society membership and its benefits, please get in touch.

 

Click here for archived details of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.

 

 

Adolfo Barabino plays Chopin encores on the south front, September 2012 (watch)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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