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Joo Yeon Sir – violin and Irina Andrievsky – piano

Please note their change of programme:

  • J.S.Bach – Felix Mendelssohn: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV1004 arranged for violin and piano
  • Bela Bartok: Rhapsody No.1 for violin and piano Pancho Vladigerov: Bulgarian Rhapsody “Vardar” for violin and piano
  • Edvard Grieg: Sonata No.2 in G major for violin and piano, Op.13
  • Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento after “Fairy’s Kiss”


By popular demand, the Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award violinist again joins her Russian-born colleague, their last recital here having made an immense impression. They have performed together for many years and it shows; Irina’s husband Felix was Joo Yeon’s teacher and he also taught many others including Edward Dusinberre of the Takács Quartet.

2017 highlights for Joo Yeon include the Deutsche Grammophon CD and world premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ “Cantata Memoria – For the Children”, and her solo CD ‘Suites & Fantasies’ with Irina.

Joo Yeon Sir – violin and Laura Snowden – guitar

  • Debussy
  • Rodrigo
  • Piazzolla
  • Snowden, Sir and other composers

Both of these artists have been included on the Making Music scheme following auditions.

We already know about the fantastic musical and technical ability of Joo Yeon from her performance here last season and I am advised that Laura also is a compelling musician.

 This concert was sponsored by the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists


Kanneh-Mason Trio

  • Isata – piano
  • Braimah – violin
  • Sheku – cello


  • Rachmaninov – Trio Elegiaque No 1 in G Minor
  • Dvorak (cello)- Rondo no 9 in G Minor
  • Saint-Saens (violin)- Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • Chopin (piano) Sonata no 2 in B Flat Minor – 1st Movement
  • Shostakovich – Piano Trio no 2 in E Minor

Thanks to Debbie and Jonathan Richards I was able to contact a musician I first listened to about 6 or 7 years ago at RNCM.

Isata was already an accomplished pianist then but has since progressed to the Royal Academy. I have not heard either Braimah or Sheku live but they both have immense performance experience and are major prize-winners. The evidence of Sheku’s Shostakovich concerto in winning the 2016 BBC Young Musician final means that he has a major career ahead – once he leaves school, of course.

Tonight’s programme gives us an opportunity to hear each of them solo and the 2 trios are both accessible to audiences.

A great programme.

Fenella Humphreys – violin and Nicola Eimer – piano

  • Prokofiev 5 melodies
  • Bach Chaconne from BWV 1004
  • Brahms 3rd violin sonata
  • Gershwin/Heifetz 3 preludes
  • Ravel Violin sonata

Fenella was part of the Samantha Ward Trio last season. Reviews of both her concerts and CDs are most complimentary and here is one which refers to her “Bach 2 the future” CD:

Impressive conviction… Humphreys is triumphantly on her mettle ….. Peter Quantrill, The Strad Magazine

Nicola graduated from the Royal Academy then went to the Juilliard on a Fulbright scholarship. She has an active solo and chamber career and is now an Associate at the Royal Academy.


Jørgensen Trio

  • Cecilia Bignall – cello
  • Olga Jørgensen – violin
  • Antonia Kesel – piano


  • Beethoven Opus 1 no. 2
  • Ravel Piano Trio
  • Takemitsu Piano trio

A trio from the Royal Academy of Music with a programme to provide interest for varied tastes. Have we had anything by Takemitsu at the club? Perhaps the Rain Tree sketch for piano? I don’t know this piece but have found out that it lies somewhere between Debussy and Duke Ellington according to one opinion.

The trio is often called “Between Tides”; the to-and-fro of waves underlies the music.

Mary Hofman – violin and Richard Ormrod – piano

  • Dvorak 4 Romantic pieces
  • Bartok Out of doors suite
  • Janacek Sonata
  • Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie
  • Enescu Sonata no 3

Mary and Richard have studied and performed internationally but they live in a delightful cottage in Snowdonia so this is also a local concert. I recently heard the 1st Enescu Sonata and asked Mary to include it but she argued for the 3rd which is an altogether more mature piece.

Expect virtuosity! Their programme includes outright Romantic music as well as music from the 20th century.

The Bartok and Chopin are piano solos.