Concerts

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Kaleidoscope

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Courtenay Cleary & Mihály Berecz in recital

 

Thursday 13th June at 7pm

 

Repertoire

Poulenc Sonata FP119

Mozart Sonata K454 in B flat Major

Strauss Sonata Op. 18.

 

St Gabrielle’s Church

Warwick Square

London SW1V 2AD

 

£20 | £15 (conc) includes glass of wine

 

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Courtenay Cleary, violin

Courtenay is currently on scholarship at The Juilliard School in New York where she is completing her Master of Music degree with violin professor Naoko Tanaka. She recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. This was broadcast live on BBC television. In 2018 Courtenay again performed for the HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She has also performed as a soloist at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, the Regent Hall, Colston Hall and the Lincoln Centre. She recently performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and will be returning to Australia in 2019 to give the Australian premiere of David Lang’s Mystery Sonatas. She is a Tait Memorial Trust and ABRSM scholar, and was recently awarded second prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition as well as the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association and the Guy Parsons Award from the Portland House and Australian Music Foundations.

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Mihály Berecz, piano

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1997, Mihály Berecz began studying the violin at the age of six at the Szent István Király Zeneművészeti Szakközépiskola in Budapest. Whilst continuing to play violin in orchestras, three years later he chose to devote his studies to the piano with Edit Major and Erzsébet Belák. Mihály is currently a third-year undergraduate at London’s Royal Academy of Music studying with Hamish Milne and Christopher Elton.

As winner of the Debut Berlin International Concerto Competition in 2017, Mihály made his debut at the Philarmonie, Berlin in June 2017 with the German National Orchestra. Mihály’s previous awards include the Gold Prize in the II. Manhattan International Music Competition and the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize at the Royal Academy of Music. His performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy at the Konzerthaus, Berlin, in the 2013 Young Euro Classic Festival led to an invitation from Tamás Vásáry to give several performances at the Hungarian State Opera including a recital at the Opera Ball. Moreover, at the invitation of Zoltán Kocsis, Mihály made his debut at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in 2013 in a performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G Major which was broadcast live by the Bartók Radio. He received critical acclaim for his performances of this work in 2016 as did his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at the Franz Liszt Academy later that year.

Having regularly featured in the ‘Beethoven in Buda’ Festivals, Mihály combined his love of Beethoven with an interest in historically influenced performance in a concert of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart’s Concerto K 456 on an Anton Walter fortepiano-copy with the Orfeo Orchestra and György Vashegyi at the Eszterházy Palace in Fertőd.

He has participated in masterclasses with distinguished pianists and other musicians including Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Ian Fountain, Tamás Vásáry, Malcolm Bilson, Adrian Brendel and Bengt Forsberg.

 

 

 

 

 

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Katrina Sheppeard, soprano
Warwick Fyfe, heldenbariton
Kelvin Lim, piano

Tuesday 24th May 2016 7.30pm

Downer Room
Australian High Commission
Australia House
The Strand
London WC2B 4LA

£20, £15 concessions

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Email: james@hancockartists.com

Phone: 0203 289 5347

An opportunity to hear Opera Australia, principal heroic baritone, Warwick Fyfe (soon to sing Alberich in the Neil Armfield production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle for Opera Australia) in concert with rising Australian soprano, Katrina Sheppeard (who recently jumped on to sing Norma with the English National Opera), singing the great dramatic repertoire by Strauss and Wagner. Accompanied by acknowledged Wagnerian expert, Kelvin Lim in the magnificent surroundings of Australia House, London.

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Learn more about Warwick Fyfe here

Learn more about Katrina Sheppeard here

Kelvin Lim  

Kelvin trained at the Royal College of Music and has worked for ENO, ROH2, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, ETO, Longborough, Mid-Wales Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Nevill Holt & BYO. Kelvin is Vocal Coach and Co-Director of Postgraduate Opera at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, a post held since 2008. He has also coached for the Jette Parker Young Artists ROH, been Chorus Master- Opera Holland Park 2012, Assistant Chorus Master for Dorset Opera 2013-2014. Kelvin is musical director of Opera Forge, (performing semi staged scenes from the Ring at RFH & St Johns, Smiths Square for the Wagner bicentenary) as well as Musical Director of The Dulwich Opera Company.
As Conductor/Pianist: I Pagliacci, Hansel & Gretel (Kings Head Theatre), La Boheme (HeadFirst, Dulwich Opera), La Voix Humaine (Rosemary Branch Theatre) Cosi fan Tutte (Shelley Theatre), Macbeth (St James Piccadilly), Carmen, Madam Butterfly (Opera Brava), L’Infedelta Delusa (Bsmpton Classical). Kelvin is accompanist for the Wagner Society & Mastersingers, as well as a Bayreuth Bursary Prize winner. He accompanied Sir John Tomlinson in recital and on Radio 3 “In Tune”, and has performed in the ROH Crush Bar recital series.
Recent engagements:  Tristan & Isolde at Longborough. Future engagements: Tannhäuser for Longborough Festival Opera, musical director “The Rinse Cycle” for Unexpected Opera & conductor “Così fan Tutte” for Dulwich Opera, Assistant Conductor, Don Giovanni for Winslow Hall.

 

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