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.
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.
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.