Welcome to our 2016-2017 season
Reiko Fujisawa (Piano) & Guests
Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin
Takemitsu – Rain Tree Sketch II (1982)
Mozart – Quintet In E flat for piano and winds, K452
Peter Fribbins – In Xanadu for wind quintet
Poulenc – Sextet for piano and winds
Reiko Fujisawa (Piano) & Guests
Reiko Fujisawa piano
and Principals from the London Orchestras
Paul Edmund-Davies flute
John Anderson oboe
Michael Whight clarinet
Rebecca Mertens bassoon
Laurence Davies horn
Some of the finest wind players in England, all principals or ex- principals of major orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and English Chamber Orchestra, join the celebrated Japanese pianist Reiko Fujisawa. They take a fascinating musical journey, beginning and ending with two French masterworks: in the middle is the Coleridge-inspired In Xanadu by British composer Peter Fribbins, and Mozart’s ever-popular Quintet, preludised with Takemitsu’s atmospheric and highly expressive Rain Tree Sketch.
18:30 Sunday, 10th November 2013
LCMS Foyer Concert: Westgate Wind Quintet - Sunday 10th November, 5:45pm
Charles Gounod (1818 – 1893) Petite Symphonie for Winds
Martin Butler (b. 1960) Down Hollow Winds
Franz Danzi (1763–1826) Wind Quintet No. 1 in B flat, Op.56
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) (Arr. Geoffrey Emerson) Novelette in C Major
Katherine Birtles (flute); Joseph Harper (oboe); Chris Hatton (clarinet); Hannah Key (horn); Hannah Robinson (bassoon)
Westgate Wind Quintet presents a linked programme to the evening’s concert. The French works, written twenty years apart from each other highlight the progression from Romantic to the Impressionist style of Ravel. As contemporaries, Danzi revered Mozart, and as an English composer, Martin Butler is a contemporary of Peter Fribbins. Poulenc’s Novelette precedes the composition of his Sextet by 5 years.
Formed in October 2012, the Westgate Wind Quintet is made up of postgraduate and final year undergraduate students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. They have enjoyed working towards competitions and performing at exciting venues around London.
As individuals, the members of Westgate Wind Quintet pursue busy schedules as soloists and performers with other ensembles. Several are recipients of generous scholarships through their studies at Trinity Laban. Their collective professional experience includes session work with Warner Music Ltd, work alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, and performing with the Gloucestershire Philharmonia. They are also individual prize winners and finalists of various competitions and have performed at venues including the Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House. They have travelled extensively throughout Europe to destinations such as Italy, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland and Poland.
With a wide variety of repertoire including works by Hindemith, Ravel and Martin Butler, the quintet have performed at the Old Royal Naval Chapel in Greenwich and St. Martin in the Fields among others. As an ensemble they have received coaching from eminent musicians such as Michael Whight and Steve Stirling, and they are recipients of the June Emerson Wind Music ‘13/14 Launchpad Prize. All members of the quintet are keen to pursue an interest in education, with workshops, demonstrations and master-classes in schools throughout the country.
Our next concert is on:
Sunday, 30th April 2017
6.30pm - Allegri Quartet
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