Tue, 29 Mar



Bach for Four Violas

Four of the very best viola players in the UK get together for this unusual concert of Bach arrangements by Robin Ireland.

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Bach for Four Violas

Time & Location

29 Mar, 18:30

London, 18 Woodford New Rd, London E17 3PP, UK

About the event

If you’ve not heard four violas playing together, you are in for a  treat! The sound is rich, warm and very personal. Robin Ireland, Rebecca  Jones, Gary Pomeroy and Hélène Clement will perform arrangements of the  following:

Prelude from the Partita for unaccompanied violin in E major

Adagio and Fugue from the Sonata for unaccompanied violin in G minor

Sonata in A minor from the work for unaccompanied violin in A minor

Chaconne from the Partita for unaccompanied violin in D minor

Adagio and Fugue from the Sonata for unaccompanied violin in C major

The  programme will last about an hour, and is being recorded and filmed.  For that reason, it may not be suitable for children, unless they are  already seasoned concert-goers. The audience will not appear in the  video, except occasionally in long shots from the back of the church. You must arrive promptly at the beginning of the concert so as not to disrupt the recording.

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Robin Ireland was for twenty years the violist with the Lindsay String Quartet, which  disbanded in 2005. He has recently retired from being Head of Chamber  Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has had an almost  life-long love-affair with the music of J S Bach, not least the  unaccompanied works for violin and cello. It was in struggling to master  the very complex fugues that he had the idea of arranging them for four  violas! In earlier days, Robin was a member of Domus, which toured with  its own portable concert hall, a geodesic dome seating 200! His father,  Patrick, was founder member of the Allegri Quartet, and Robin is very  fortunate to play on his beautiful and battle-scarred Amati viola from  the first decade of the 1600s.

Rebecca Jones is  Principal Viola of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is also a  long-time member of the Callino String Quartet. They have played at  London's Wigmore Hall, have twice been resident at Banff Centre for Arts  and Creativity in Canada and spent a week in New York with the famed  contemporary specialists the Kronos Quartet, culminating in a recital at  Carnegie Hall. Rebecca's studied in Manchester at Chetham's School of  Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, followed by postgraduate  studies with Thomas Riebl at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Gary Pomeroy was born and raised in South Africa by parents who busked country music  at flea markets on the weekend. He started violin lessons aged five. He  took to the viola as a teenager and was lucky enough to become an ABRSM  International Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music in  Manchester, UK. There he enjoyed five years of guidance in solo and  chamber music by Mark Knight, Chris Rowland and Thomas Riebl. Gary is a  member of the Heath Quartet, who have recently been awarded the Royal  Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, recorded the complete quartets  of Michael Tippett, Bela Bartok and Tchaikovsky String Quartets 1 + 3 to  critical acclaim. Gary now lives in London and enjoys a range of  education work, including coaching the Kuumba Youth Orchestra, coaching  chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and as a  visiting tutor in viola at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music  and Pro Corda. When he is not rehearsing, performing or teaching, he is a  keen runner and can be found underwater as a PADI Divemaster.

Born in France in 1988, Hélène Clément has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Wigmore Hall in  London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia,  the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the  Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Cité de la Musique in Paris. She is the  viola player of the Doric String Quartet, and Principal Viola Player of  the innovative Aurora Orchestra based in London. She teaches viola and  chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music of London. She is with her  String Quartet the Artistic Director of the Mendelssohn on Mull  Festival. Ms Clement is currently playing on a 1843 Italian viola owned  previously by Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge.

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