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Sorry for the silence on the blogging front. We'll be updating you soon on our recent concerts and will have news of our exciting new projects ahead of us!
On Tuesday, the 24th of September, we were honoured by playing an evening concert in the Austrian Culture Forum, which is located close to Knightsbridge. For me as an Austrian it felt like being at home, when we stepped into the beautiful building and got welcomed with the traditional and famous Austrian charm and politeness.
The Austrian Culture Forum promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria and our trio seemed perfect for it with our cultural mix for it.
In our preparation for the concert we thought a lot about finding an interesting program for the audience and we aimed to promote contemporary composers next to our standard repertoire.
We opened the concert with the gorgeous Divertimento Nr. 1 in B-flat Major written by one of the most famous Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It suited so well into the lovely performance space, which helped to create such a comfortable atmosphere and made it easy for us to connect with our audience. A contrast was our second piece, the Woodwind Trio by acclaimed Ivan Eroed, Hungarian born and now Austrian composer. I stumbled over him when I heard his Bassoon Sonata on a recording and was immediately impressed by his composition style. His trio was particular interesting as it is full of imitations and the second movement (theme with variations) is full of character. The middle piece in our program took the listeners to France into the world of Eugene Bozza. Bozza is known for his love for wind instruments and I particularly love his chamber music pieces. It was our first time to perform his Suite and we enjoyed it a lot. I like the changes of emotions we could live through with our listeners, the sacral 1st movement, the lively second movement, the lyrical and colourful 3rd movement and the virtuosic Finale. As we are currently in preparations for our first recording, which we’ll be working on in spring time next year, we are now playing a lot of chamber music written by British composers, as our recording will feature British compositions. Due to that, we chose the Trio by eminent composer Gordon Jacob as our final piece. This one highlights our instruments together really well. As a little surprise for our lovely, heart-warming and cheerful audience we presented an encore by well-established composer Timothy Salter, who is currently commissioning a piece for us. His piece will be premiered in our debut concert in St. Martin’s in the Field in February 2014 and will also be highlighted in our recording. He was kind enough to arrange his Oboe trio for us and we played one movement to the audience, which they acknowledge and were deeply impressed.
To connect the audience and the musicians and to help to share information and feedback, the Austrian Culture Forum had a little reception afterwards where we got introduce to the eminent and influential composer Joseph Horovitz, whose appearance in our audience honoured us deeply. We felt so blessed and had such a lovely time! Thank you very much for such an amazing concert, interest and hospitality we received from both the Austrian Culture Forum and the audience!
On Wednesday, Gelachter Trio had a great day in Hertford, performing a lunch time recital in All Saints Church's 'Soundbites' concert series. This series gives young performers an opportunity to showcase the best repertoire for their instrument combination. Wind music is so often overshadowed by the huge works of the string quartet an piano trios but we are determined to give it the recognition it deserves! Thanks so much for giving us the chance to do this. A huge thank you to Holly Reardon our guest bassoonist from the Heartwood Trio who performed amazingly!
We arrived with only 15 minutes to spare thanks to typical London traffic but we had such a warm greeting and a delicious lunch was offered to us (before AND after the concert!). It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere to fit with the very warm and appreciative audience. We started with a Mozart Divertimento followed by Gordon Jacob and Cecilia McDowall. We had never performed this combination before but we all agreed afterwards that the pieces really worked well together and showed just what wind instruments are capable of.
The absolute highlight of the performance was Andrew Wilson's stunning introduction to his marvellous work 'A Suite of Sweets' which has become a staple piece in our repertoire. His good humour and fantastic choice of music to fit with different types of chocolate went down a treat with the audience. He has also kindly provided the photo (with him in it!) for this blog courtesy of his wife. You can get a glimpse of just how beautiful the church is too. We finished the recital with his piece and we were told the audience went out with a spring in their step!
It was a great joy to perform an almost entirely British music programme and it has made us realise that there are some wonderful pieces out there, we just have to hunt them down! We hope in the next year to record our first album which will consist entirely of British music, including an exciting new commission by composer Tim Salter.
We were all saddened by the recent death of Sir Colin Davis, which is a huge loss to the musical world to say the least. We've had a fun few weeks recently and have some interesting things coming up. We had two thoroughly enjoyable sessions for Classical Babies in Hampstead and Finchley last week and earlier this week a recital in St Olave's Church in the EC1 area. A nice gentleman called Michael welcomed us at St Olave's and told us he had, incidently been encouraged by Sir Colin while he was studying clarinet and conducting in his younger years and thanked us for performing Mozart in our programme. (Sir Colin of course being particularly associated with the composer, amongst others.) It was a fairly sparse but very friendly audience, with the concert being on the same day as Margaret Thatchers funeral. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and it was lovely to meet the eminent British composer Timothy Salter who had come to watch, and who we hope to be working with at some point! His encouraging words and feedback on our performance was much appreciated. We tried out some repertoire we hadn't done before such as the Trio by Gordon Jacob which was a welcome addition alongside our familiar repertoire, some of which I'm sure we could all play backwards, from memory and standing on our heads!
A peek at our baby concert a few weeks back!! Lovely bit of Ibert 5th movement...
This morning Gelachter Trio had the immense honour of performing a concert for a lovely group of mums and babies/toddlers in order to raise money for the Matilda Mae Bliss Fund.
Classical Babies is a fantastic organisation that organises chamber music concerts all around London especially for mums and babies. The founder, Antonia, is a mum of two boys and a professional violinist who set up this wonderful chamber music series because she found with two little ones it was very difficult to attend or even play in concerts regularly. I can totally relate to that being a mum to a 4month old little girl (see photo)! It's such a unique idea and when you see it in action it is truly wonderful! They supply soft, colourful flooring for the babies to lay, crawl and play on as well as loads of cute soft toys for them to play with. The flooring is placed literally in front of the performers so the babies are really up close and get such a personal experience. There were lots of special moments in the concert where we had little ones trying to climb on our chairs and sit right next to us which was just adorable! We also had the chance to play some great music by Mozart, Bach, Rossini and Ibert. Chris arranged Brahm's Lullaby (a piece my husband and I know all too well as our darling girl will only go to sleep with that playing even at 3am after a feed!) and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star which we are told was one of Matilda's favourites. It was lovely seeing the babies respond to the music and who know maybe they even recognised them!
Today was a special Mothers' Day Concert with an even special purpose. All the proceeds today went to the Matilda Mae Bliss Fund. Matilda was a gorgeous little 9 month old baby who tragically passed away in her cot. Her mum Jennie is an internet blogger at www.edspire.co.uk who has touched so many people by her writing about Matilda. What happened to Jennie is every mum's worst nightmare but from reading her posts she has remained so strong and inspired many people. £200 was raised today at the concert in Matilda's memory.
Thank you so much to Antonia for having us today, it was such an enjoyable morning! If you're a mum or dad please please do visit www.classicalbabies.com to find out where and when the next concert is - they are definitely not to be missed!
Our recital in Claremont Centre today will definitely stick in my head for a while. Is it because of the good laugh in Tansman, when the audience thought the piece finished after the little, quirky bassoon solo and uuu ops, it didn't or because of such a lovely, nice and welcoming audience which made us feel at home. The Claremont centre in Islington is running a concert series with the RCM and we were offered to perform as artists including a question time afterwards-where audience agreed, that the bitipobobs bites in the bassoon part are really cool :))
Our mix of Christopher Ball, Rossini, Tansman and Mozart showed the audience a big range of different compositions written for this chamber music group.
I personally enjoyed the concert so much because the people were so heartwarming and welcoming that I felt like performing in front of my family!!
Thank you so much for having us and that we shared such a wonderful concert experience together
What an enjoyable day we had today in Harlow! Emma picked me and Susi up from Crystal Palace station at 10.30 and drove us which was a welcome break as we spend much of our lives trains running around all over the place. An hour and a half of awful traffic later (Blackwall tunnel, as usual...) we arrived at St John's Arts and Recreation Centre. Somehow Emmas little baby which was sat beside me all the way managed to stay asleep for the whole journey. I remain thoroughly jealous of this extra lie in on her part!
As if the warm non-draughty-modern-converted-church-arts-centre wasn't enough, on our arrival we were offered coffee and a choice of two soups: tomato, lentil and carrot or celeriac and leek. It immediately went up in my estimations and obviously I started formulating various plans about how we might secure further engagements there on the basis of free food. I love free food..especially nice free food! It can vary massively as to whether you get that kind of treatment at recitals but makes it all the more worthwhile when you do!
We played a programme of Mozart, Ibert, Shostakovich, Francaix and Rossini to a very friendly and engaging audience of about 80 people who clearly love going to the variety of concerts that take place there each monday. What was so humbling was that they thought it was amazing that we would go out to play in "such a small little place" as one of them said- equally I think it's amazing that people would want to come along and hear you play when they don't know anything about you as a group-such is their trust in the institution and people that book the ensembles in the first place. In a world where so much music is taken for granted, when it can be produced at the click of a button, when you play lots of similar repertoire week in week out in a variety of different places it's easy to forget that it is a treat for people to hear live music. Seeing how much the audience enjoyed our performance really left me feeling even more than ever that what we do is a truly valuable thing that many people cherish and look forward to.