THURSDAY 25th SEPTEMBER

at 1.00p.m.

ARON ROZSA - Piano

 

Bach/Busoni –Two Chorale Preludes on 'Durch Adams Fall ist Ganz Vederbt,

Beethoven – Sonata no 29 in B-flat major, Op106 'Hammerklavier'

 

Aron Rozsa was born in 1983 in Hungary and moved to Great Britain at the age of six. Shortly after this he commenced his musical education.

In 2001 Aron commenced his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Mark Ray and also worked regularly with Alexander Melnikov. He completed his Bachelors degree in 2005.

Aron then went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he completed his Masters Degree in advanced performance in 2007, studying with John Byrne.

Aron has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Anne Queffelec, Imre Rohmann, Barry Snyder, Daniel Hoexter, Tamas Vesmas, Stephen Savage and Balazs Szokolay.

Aron has also been fortunate to receive the guidance of Madame Seidlhofer in Vienna and Noretta Conci in London.

In 2002 Aron won second prize in the Leo Weiner and the performance of Contemporary Hungarian Music competition held as part of the Balassagyarmat International music festival and year after was invited to perform in the closing concert of the Pro Musica international festival.

In the same year he was a laureate of the 1ST Bela Bartok International Piano Competition in Szeged, Hungary and in June of 2006 was a semi-finalist in the 5th Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in Gaillard, France, where he was one of the seven competitors who gave the premier of a new work -‘A la pizzicato’ by Rodion Shchedrin. In 2007 December Aron was one of the three Prize Winners of the 15th Vienna International Music Competition, which was held at the Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna. As a result of this, Aron recorded a CD and DVD at the Bosendorfer Hall on the Swiss based IPA label - released in 2009 - as well as international concert engagements. Aron was a national finalist of the BBC Fame Academy Bursary Awards 2007.

 Aron has performed throughout Great Britain and Hungary and in 2005 performed in the Sculptors in sound – piano music of Beethoven and Tippett festival in Manchester. In the same year, he appeared alongside the pianist Andrew Wilde, in a joint recital for Music at Sine Nomine. Other performances include recitals at the Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, the Warehouse in London - for the Park Lane Group Composer’s Symposium, Ealing Chopin Festival, a recital for the Edinburgh Society of Musicians and a performance with the Blackfriars Sinfonia.

Aron is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Reiche Memorial Scholarship 2005 and one of the prestigious 2009 awards from the Sir George Solti Foundation. Future engagements include concerts across the UK, including a recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, for the ‘Pianists of the world’ series.

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 2nd OCTOBER at 8.00 p.m.

TRISH CLOWES - sax

CHRIS MONTAGUE- guitar

CALUM GOURLAY – bass

JAMES MADDREN – drums

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes’ star is firmly in the ascendant. Currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, her appearances this year have included Celtic Connections, where the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performed the live premiere of her composition ‘Sketch’. She’s also about to release her third album which features her quintet and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

 

Admission £7.50 on the door,

from the Gateway, or phone 01743 850267 to reserve

Friends of Gateway Arts £6.00, students £3.00

Children and carers with disabled free

 

 

 

THURSDAY 30th OCTOBER 

at 1.00 p.m.

FRASER GRAHAM - piano 

J.S.Bach  - 1st Partita in B flat major

Schubert  - Sonata in A major D664.

Chopin - Polonaise - Fantasie in Ab major, Op.61  

 

Fraser graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire Music College in 2004, having studied under Malcolm Wilson and Simon Nicholls and now performs a wide variety of music. He is an active performer, soloist, accompanist and event pianist in the UK.

 

Recent solo projects include his debut London recital at Steinway Hall earlier this year and a Beethoven series of 5 Beethoven Sonatas over 5 consecutive Friday lunchtimes, with donations going toward Macmillan Nurses. He has performed at the Dean and Chaddlington Music Festival with international tenor Richard Coxon with whom Fraser works regularly. In November this year he was one of four finalists to take part in the Liszt Society Piano Prize at Goldsmiths University in London. 

 

Fraser also has his hands full with a (nearly) 2 year old son and when he's not playing and teaching the piano can sometimes be seen playing trumpet with one of the UK's premier funk and soul bands Funk Soul Brother.

 

Fraser teaches privately, is a teacher and accompanist at Oakham School, Uppingham Community College and Loughborough University and since April 2013 the accompanist for the Leicester Philharmonic Choir.

 

 

JAZZ at the GATEWAY

Friday14th November at 7.45 p.m.

STOLEN MOMENTS

LINDA ANGELIS – vocals and flugelhorn

STUART SPIERS –saxes and flutes

STUART GOODHEW -keyboard

JOHN DOVER - bass

ROY ADAMS - drums

 

 Refreshments available, including

Chapel Microbrewery Bitter

 

Admission £7.50 on the door

from the Gateway or to reserve

 

phone 01743 850267

Students and Friends of Gateway Arts- £6.00 

Children and carers with disabled free

 

 The band  is an extension of a previous quartet led by Stuart Spiers 'Totally Stu'd'. With the addition of Linda Angelis to the band and the inclusion of new material from Stuart Goodhew, arranged by Stuart Spiers, the band has a new persona. Much of the material is of a Latin American flavour, although there are still some lesser known standards presented in new ways. 
 

Linda Angelis is an international singer/musician and composer having performed in over 30 countries and written several albums.
Her debut in1996  Invisible friends-1998 Heaven is This- 2000 Lady of Light- 2002 Signs of Heaven-  and 2011 "Everlasting Circles"Her compositions are published by Hal Shaper as is some of Sinatra's music. Her version of 'Oh Lori' recently went onto a major film.
Linda has sung on the Malta Jazz festival, Southbank London and concerts for KRML radio in California owned by Clint Eastwood.
 
Her repertoire includes music by Bill Evans since she wrote lyrics to some of his works and lyrics to Little Sunflower as heard on Jazz FM.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.angelis?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaAngelis1

Stuart Spiers has been playing the saxophone for over 50 years. He is a qualified teacher of music and has been gigging as a musician for around 50years.

    He studied first clarinet until the age of 15 when the saxophone first came into his life. He never stopped playing the saxophone since that time. He studied music at Nottingham teacher training college and later studied classical sax with hris Gradwell and James Dawson. Also, he studied Jazz with Stan Robinson whilst living in London. Whilst in London, he 'turned pro' for 4 years as well as music teaching. He ended up with a residency on Chelsea embankment.

    Since arriving in Shrewsbury in 1974, he studied with Tim Garland and continued gigging and teaching. He set up a musical co-op called Mikrokosmos, which was a group promoting various forms of live music. It promoted chamber music concerts in Shrewsbury on a regular 6 weekly basis, jazz gigs, blues gigs and a teaching arm for primary aged school children. Also there were jazz weekend workshops in collaboration with the County School of Music and The Musicians . There were many bands which formed and broke up, then around 1994, he started playing with a group of younger musicians and formed a regular club, initially at the Four Crosses pub at Bicton. The club eventually became The Shrewsbury Jazz Network which is still doing stirling work in promoting live jazz.

    There has been a raft of projects over the last 20 or so years, notably a collaboration with Anglo Welsh Poets, music written for a string quartet and soprano sax, performed at the old Music Hall, a collaboration with Indian tabla player Dalbhir Singh and Steve Berry in an Indo- Jazz project and music in The Square, Shrewsbury. This was for the Shrewsbury Summer Season for 3 consecutive years. Year 1 was music composed for the event which was 2 sax quartets and 2 percussionists, year 2 was an electro-acoustic and live video collaboration with fellow musician Stuart Goodhew and video guru Andy McEwan. There have been other collaborations with Alex Steele at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Nonny James and several other singers. Stuart also organised and staged 2 incarnations of the Jazz Singer of the Year competition. These days, gigs,writing and teaching are still occupying his time, in addition to  playing the flute and bass flute.

 Stuart Goodhew has had an appreciation of jazz since he was three, when he showed a keen interest in Oscar Peterson! He started piano lessons when he was seven, progressing to jazz piano, encouraged by John Moore and taught by Steve Reynolds, when he was fifteen. He later joined the school jazz combo which was run by Stuart Spiers. This was the beginning of a long musical friendship. On leaving school at 16, he continued to play in bands lead by Stuart Spiers, namely Straight Face and The Blue Monk Quartet. He also joined the Shrewsbury Big Band, now Shrewsbury Jazz Orchestra.

      Through the enjoyment of rehearsing and gigging, Stuart decided on a career as a full time musician, gaining much valuable experience accompanying musicians such as Alan Barnes, Munch Manship, and Mike Walker. With the assistance of SADAA, he managed to get some lessons with Jason Rubello whilst continuing performing and composing. He has appeared with a very large variety of groups since then, including Afro-Dizzy-Axe, Blues Magnets, Chameleon, High Octane, Indo jazz fusions, Jazz-Trics,Modest Jazz Quartet and of course Totally Stu'd.

     Stuart has worked with Border Arts and appeared on radio and TV. His future plans include more bands and more jazz. He now has an extensive portfolio of original jazz compositions.

 

 

 

 

 THURSDAY  27th NOVEMBER  at 1.00 p.m.

 MARGARET NEWMAN – piano

Beethoven - Op 31 No 2

Mozart - A minor Rondo

Chopin  - Ballade  No 3 in A flat Op 47

 

Margaret Newman, a sixth generation pupil of Beethoven through her great teacher Joseph Weingarten, was born in London of Czech parents. She also studied with Ilona Kabos and Maria Curcio.

 

Miss Newman started her career performing in international and national competitions. She made her Wigmore Hall debut in 1967.  Alfred Brendel chose her to play at his masterclass at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and remarked she had 'insight and control rare among younger players'. The Times reported that she 'played Mozart very beautifully'.

 

She has performed both on the South Bank and throughout Britain and abroad.  She is also a very dedicated and experienced teacher, having been on the staff of Trinity College of Music for many years and giving frequent masterclasses in Greece. She continues to teach at Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

Miss Newman has made numerous radio broadcasts for the BBC in this country, in addition to those in Singapore, Australia and Israel. Her repertoire is extensive 

 

FRIDAY 28th NOVEMBER 

at 7.00 p.m.

MARIE MILLER SINGERS

 

Marie Miller (Lyrico Spinto Soprano)

Eleanor Gromadzki-Owen (Lyric Soprano)

Rebekah Lea (Coloratura Soprano)

Sue Rawlings (Coloratura Soprano)

Rhydwyn Price (LyricTenor)

David Lewis (Lyric Baritone)

Trevor Morgan (Bass Baritone)

 

Accompanist: Diana Platts

 

The concert will include excerpts from Puccini's La Boheme, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and Marriage of Figaro, Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's Rigoletto and operetta.         

 

Tickets are £7.50 including programme and cheques should please be made payable to the Shrewsbury & District Arts Association and sent to Marie Miller at the address below.    Advance reservations can be made by ringing Marie Miller and leaving a voice message with your name, telephone number and the number of tickets required.  

Tel:      01597 823 680

Mobile: 07787 137 330

 

THURSDAY 18th DECEMBER -

at 1.00 p.m.

Apologies about the wrong month in the newsletter

MAKI and HARU SEKYA –

piano and violin

Music at Christmas

 Admission £5.00 on the door (£7.50 evenings) 

Students £2.00, Friends of Gateway Arts £4.00.

Children and carers with disabled, free

 

HARU SEKIYA - BIOGRAPHY 

Born in 1981 in Tokyo Haru started the violin at the age of six under the direction of Ms Junko Isono and attended Toho music school for children. In 1995 she moved to England to study at the Purcell music school and subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a first class honours degree, B.Mus. She has played extensively around the UK, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, with appearances at the Handel Festival, Japan Festival, Hegel Festival and the Leicester Early Music Festivals. Haru also participated in various orchestral concerts under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Vladimir Ashkenasy and Lutz Koller.

Due to her own experience of playing induced back problems she has studied osteopathy in order to understand the postural issues affecting musicians, qualifying as an osteopath in 2008. She now works as an osteopath at the Natural Health Centre in Radbrook, Shrewsbury, and also as a private violin teacher and freelance violinist. Haru has recently begun studying with Brian Staites, a violin teacher renowned for helping professional instrumentalists out of pain. His systematic guidance in minimizing the tension whilst playing has helped her enormously, and she hopes to be able to follow in his footsteps by combining her knowledge of body mechanics with the art of violin playing.

Haru first played fro us at the Gateway in 2011, and we are delighted to hear her play again with her sister.

 

 Maki Sekiya - Biography

 Hailed as "the piano prodigy of tremendous inner rhythm and vitality" by Evening standard at the age of eleven, Maki has since been captivating the audience around the world. Born in Tokyo, Maki has studied at the Purcell school as a scholar, later in Moscow conservatoire, has appeared at St. John Smith’s square, the Southbank, the Great hall of Moscow Conservatoire, and is a regular soloist with orchestras and festivals.

On returning to the UK after her studies in Russia, Maki was spotted by the founder of Orchestra of St. John’s, John Lubbock, playing at the fringe in Dorchester Festival (Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, where she was a resident)  in May 2013, and since then regularly invited as a soloist in OSJ Festivals, Oxford Literary Festival at the Sheldonian Theatre, and many other projects by the orchestra. Maki has been a soloist with the chamber orchestra “Seasons” (Moscow) throughout this season 2013-14, gave numerous performances in Moscow and Krasnodar prefecture, and has given masterclasses in local music schools. Beginning of the 2014 Maki has given series of five solo recitals in Japan, and gave an interview in programme by “Radio Orfei” (The mainstream classical radio of Russia)  about the composer Sergei Pavlenko (1952-2012) went on air in February 2014. In June Maki appeared twice in Moscow giving solo concerts, one of which was supported by city council of Moscow. Maki’s future engagement includes solo and concerto performance at the Dorchester Festival, St.John Smith’s square, Cheltenham, and Windsor, recital at the Moscow Autumn festival of contemporary music, Solo recital at the SJE, Oxford of the next season’s Piano Series, (along side with Benjamin Grovesner and John Lill)

 

"Outrageously wonderful. She is a complete master and a wonderful discovery."

John lubbock after Maki’s solo recital at the OSJ Dorchester Festival.

September 6, 2013

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=544163395631542&id=138332212881331

 

“Wonderful playing by Maki and Ilya with OSJ at the Oxford Literary Festival event on Wednesday.

Absolutely divine.” 

Posted by John Lubbock

March 28, 2014

 

“Pianist Maki Sekiya has stolen the show at Philip Pullman's talk at @oxfordlitfest

March 26, 2014  Oxford Literary Festival at Sheldonian Theatre

https://twitter.com/DespinaTrivoli/status/448907834496147456

 

 “…A vivid and utterly compelling performance. ” 

on Maki’s performance of Liszt Après une Lecture du Dante

January 2014, at the Oxford Music Festival, in Jacqueline du pré building

Bryce Morrison, celebrated critic,

 one of the world’s leading authorities in piano performance.

 

“First of all, her playing leaves a breath taking impression with an extrarodinary, irrepressive energy which doesn't know an end.  … It seems incredible- where it all comes, from this fragile sensetive appearance of

 the girl. Another attractive,and rare element especially now our days about the pianist, is the warmth

 coming from the inner soul...”

                                                                                          V.G.Rozhnovsky, Musical critic

 

 “Maki is a musical phenomen(wonder) of the nature which cannot be explained by words”

                                                                               Alexandre Ilkhovski-  Cinematographer

 

 “Clearly, Maki is a young pianist to watch… ”

                                                                                                           Classical archives

“A piano prodigy of tremendous rhythm and vitality”

                                                                                      Evening Standard (Maki at the age of eleven)

Competitions and Awards:

 

• The "Sailer" International piano Competition- 1st prize (Bulgaria, 2003)

• Gilels International Piano competition- the finalist (Odessa, 2003),

• Tbilisi International Piano Compeition-5th prize (Georgia, 2001),

• The Music and Earth International Competition- 1st prize (Bulgaria, 2001),

• Maria Canals International piano competition junior section- 3rd prize (Spain,1991)       

• Senigallia International piano competition junior section – 1st  prize (Italy,1990).

 

 Participation in competition

  Tchaikovsky Piano Competition (Russia, 2007),

• Cassagrande International Piano competition, (Italy, 1999),

• ARD music competition (Germany, 1995, 2002)

 

 

Festivals & concerts

 

• Acorn festival, Penzance (Solo and chamber music recital) 1999,

• Japan festival in Leicester (Solo and chamber music recital) 2001 ,

• Moscow Autumn contemporary music festival (with orchestra as a soloist),

(2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, - future engagements 2014)

• Moscow contemporary music series (solo performance) 2003

• Two charity concerts  for UNESCO (solo recital) in Tokyo 2001. 2003

• Contemporary women’s art festival in Moscow “La citta dele donne”  2006 (solo recital)

• Karuizawa Summer Music Festival 2008 (Duo recital)

• Dorchester Festival  September 2013, 2014, 2015 (future engagement)

• Tzarizyno Summer Festival June 2014

• Oxford Lieterary Festival with Philip Pullman and OSJ March 2014

• Oxford Music Festival January 2014

• Windsor Music Festival with Philip Pullman and OSJ September 2014

 

Concerto performances with following orchestras as a soloist

 

  Kuban symphony orchestra (Russia)

• Russian Philharmonia

• Tokorozawa Symphony Orchestra (Japan)

• Sofia Symphonietta (Bulgaria)

• Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra (Georgia)

• Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine)

• Givatayim Chamber Orchestra (Israel)

• National Symphony Orchestra of Republic Bashkortostan (Russia)

• Dubna Symphony Orchestra (Russia)

• Lviv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine)

• Guildford Symphony Orchestra

• Amici Chamber Orchestra

• Orchestra of St.Johns (UK)

• Chamber Orchestra “The Seasons”(Russia)

 

List of some ‘ Music venues’ performed – in solo, chamber music, concerto performances :

Russia

•Malyi and Great hall, Rachamaninov hall of Moscow conservatoire,

•Culture sentre “DOM” Moscow,

•5th studio Nikitzkaya street,

•Glinka State museum,

•Krasnodar Town hall,

• Composer Hall, Moscow

• Tzaryzino Palace Bazhenova hall

• Skryabin Museum

• Philharmonic hall in Bashkortostan Republic

 

UK

•St. John Smith’s square,

•Purcell room South bank

•Leicester cathedral

•Dorchester Abbey

•Jacqueline du pré building

•Sheldonian Theatre

 

Japan

• Oga hall,Karuizawa

• AOI hall, Shizuoka

• Munetsugu hall, Nagoya

• Oji hall, Tokyo

• Nadakumin hall, Kobe

• Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

 

 Musicians, singers and conductors

 Close collaboration in concerto performance, duo, chamber music recitals 

 

•Vladimir Ponkin (The People`s Artist of Russia)

• John Lubbock (The artistic director and conductor of OSJ)

•Vladislav Bulakhov (The founder and chief conductor of Chamber Orchestra “the Seasons”)

• Mikhail Vaiman (The former director of Givatayim Orchestra Israel, professor of violin at Rubinstein Academy, Germany)

•Andreas Janke (The concert master of Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich)

 •Atef Halim( The former concert master of French Radio Orchestra )

•Elena Maximova (Soloist of Stanislavski and Nemirovich Academic Music Theatre)

•Elena Gogoleva, (The former soloist of Stanislavski and Nemirovich Academic Music Theatre, Novaya opera)

 

regularly performed chamber music with members of the following orchestras

 

• Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

• Russian National Orchestra

• Moscow Virtuozi

• Russian National Academic Symphony of Capella

• Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

• Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra

• Russian Philharmonia

 

Composers in collaboration

 •Sergey Pavlenko  (Two piano concertos premiered, one of which is dedicated to Maki)

 (1952-2012)

• Somei Satoh  (A piano piece dedicated, to be performed )

(1947-)

• Dilyara Gabitova (Several piano pieces dedicated)

(1977-)

 

TV and radio appearances

 

• TV “Kultura- Culture” Performing  in a TV  programme about the young composer D. Gabitova

• Radio “Kultura-Culture” Live performance of Mozart Quartet with Sheremetyev Ensemble for Mozart year

  Radio “Russia”, An interview about premier performance of the piano concerto by S.Pavelnko

• Sky TV UK Performing and giving an interview at the age of 11

•TV “Asahi” Performing own piece of music age 9

• Radio “Orfey” an interview/performing in the programme dedicated to the memory of the composer Sergey Pavlenko

 

Certificates

 

• Guildhall school of Music and drama “Diploma of Licentiateship in Pianoforte Performance” with Honours, scoring the full mark for the performance  (1996)

 

Teachers

M. Maruya, H.Hayashi, Benjamin Kaplan, Vera Gornostaeva, Mikhail Olenev.