Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight
Bach – Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Vivaldi – Concerto for Sopranino Recorder in C
Pachelbel – Canon and Gigue
Vivaldi – Concerto for Four Violins in B minor
Vivaldi – Four Seasons
Festive Orchestra of London
Miki Takahashi Solo Violin
Catherine Manson Solo Violin/Director
The Festive Orchestra of London was formed in 1990 to perform the masterpieces of the Baroque in and around London. The players are equally at home on modern and period instruments, giving them a unique insight into this wonderful repertoire. They have performed in most of London’s major venues, toured in Europe and the Middle East and have broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Catherine Manson’s formative musical education was at the International Cello Centre in Scotland and at an early age she decided to make a speciality of chamber music. Aged 20 she took up a position as first violin of the Atlantic String Quartet in Canada and since then she has frequently been a guest of chamber groups including the Chilingirian and Endellion Quartets, the Florestan Trio and the Nash Ensemble.
For the past twenty years she has been invited to participate in the Open Chamber Music at the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. She has performed frequently with such artists as Steven Isserlis, Trevor Pinnock, Ton Koopman, Leslie Howard, Anner Bylsma and Michael Chance, and also recorded for Hyperion, Dorian, Glossa, ASV and Teldec, in addition to many radio recordings and broadcasts in the U.K. and abroad.
A particular interest in baroque and classical performance led her to found the classical London Haydn Quartet which has been invited to many of the most prestigious concert series and festivals in Europe and USA including the Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Washington’s Library of Congress. In 2006 she was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Since her appointment she has played in Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall as well as concerts and recordings throughout Europe. She is frequently invited as a guest leader for ‘period instrument’ projects with other ensembles including Smithsonian Chamber Players and Santa Fe Pro Musica in the USA, Ensemble Innovacion in Germany, Il Gardellino and Ensemble Explorations in Belgium.
Teaching is an important part of Catherine’s mucial life – she is a co-founder of MusicWorks, a specialised chamber music summer school for young musicians. In addition she has given masterclasses at the Baroque Perfomance Institute in Oberlin, Ohio, at the Domaine Forget chamber music programme in Quebec and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. This year she will also teach at the Granada Festival’s Music Interpretation Course.