Music St Martin – Concerts - Londons Finest
Saturday 1 July, 1:00 pm

FREE Lunchtime Concert: Canada Day Celebration

Representing the Canadian High Commission 

Celebrating Canadian composers on the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation


Patricia Bloomfield Holt – Two Lyric Pieces
Daphne Kennedy Cello
Michelle Santiago Piano

Hope Lee – Shadows                  
Michelle Todd Soprano
Anny Chen Violin

Murray Adaskin – Vocalise
Anny Chen Violin

Hector Gratton – Crepuscule
Michelle Santiago Piano

Jean Coulthard – Long Ago
Chester Duncan – Stars, Songs, Faces
Jim Betts – Starlight  
Michelle Todd
Jocelyn Abbott

Howard Bashaw – Prelude #7
Michelle Santiago Piano

Roberta Stephen – Pisik
Harry Somers  – Evocations; Loon Cry, Night call
Michelle Todd Soprano
Jocelyn Abbott

Francois Morel – Etude de Sonorite #2
Erika  Gundesen Piano


Daphne Kennedy is a Canadian cellist and music educator from Kingston, Ontario. She began her cello studies with Liz Tremblay, rapidly involving herself in several local orchestras including section leader for the Kingston Youth Orchestra, Quinte Symphony and Queen’s Symphony Orchestra. While completing a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University under the direction of cellist Wolf Tormann, she won several chamber music prizes and was proud to perform alongside several of her inspiring mentors in the Kingston Symphony. An avid promoter for music education, Daphne worked as the Lower Strings Teaching Artist for the recently developed Sistema Kingston; an after-school program where music acts as a vehicle for social change. Today she continues her cello studies in London with Derek Aviss, OBE

Michelle Santiago is a Canadian pianist and holds a Doctor of Music from the Université de Montréal. A particular interest in the vocal arts led Michelle to attend the Franz Schubert Institut, the Académie Francis Poulenc and the Vancouver International Song Institute. Presently, she continues her studies as a repetiteur on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s prestigious opera course.

Michelle has been a prizewinner at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association National Piano Competition and the Concours de l’orchestre symphonique de Montreal. She was awarded the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize for contemporary song at the Guildhall School and the Denis Horner Accompanist’s Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers Competition.

Jocelyn Abbott began her piano performing career whilst still a student in Canada when she was chosen by the Cultural Department of the British Columbia Government to partner its competitors in the Canadian National Festival.After graduating from the University of Victoria, B.C. where she studied with Dr. Robin Wood, she came to London on a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue post graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. There, she studied with Gordon Green OBE receiving the prestigious Recital Diploma.  This led her to perform world wide both as soloist and chamber pianist in the UK, Canada, USA, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.  She has recorded with the BBC, Classic FM, Radio Canada,Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand, BBC World Service and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Jocelyn Abbott is a highly regarded chamber musician, soloist, accompanist, pedagogue and vocal coach. She is perhaps best known for the concert and recording work of her ensemble The Abbott O’Gorman Piano Duo. A Steinway Artist, Jocelyn Abbott is the recipient of the Honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music for distinction in the profession.

Michelle Todd is an award winning British-Canadian soprano of critically acclaimed versatility in art song, oratorio, opera, musicals and plays. She is a B. Mus (hons) graduate of Sheffield University; postgraduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and studied contemporary music theatre at the Banff Centre, Can­ada. She made her prize winning London recital debut in the Purcell Room followed by performances in The Queen Elizabeth Hall, guest soprano with numerous Euro­pean ensembles and star singer for BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night. International­ly she has been soprano soloist in the major sacred works of Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Purcell, Pergolesi, Faure, Rutter, Respighi, Karl Jenkins, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. Miss Todd recently per­formed for three seasons with the London Sinfonia in Cadogan Hall and has been profiled on Canada’s Bravo! Television. Recitals have taken her from the intimacy of Handel’s music room in London to the Royal Albert Hall, and across Canada, France, Denmark; U.A.E., and India. As an actress she has appeared in London’s West End & Canada’s Shaw Festival and has worked with composers as diverse as Stephen Sondheim and John Cage. Renowned for her interest in contemporary music, she has presented more than forty world premieres, many as the vocal so­loist for Calgary’s Ensemble Resonance representing Canada twice in the Cantai Music Festival in Taiwan. The 2017/18 season includes her debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival singing Stephen McNeff’’s The Tales of Beatrix Potter Suite and the title role in the world premiere of a new play based on the life of Elizabethan Bess of Hardwick

Anny Chen is a Canadian-Taiwanese violinist currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, in the class of Prof. Tanja Becker-Bender. She has had successes at international competitions including the 1st Shu-Te Sylvia Lee Violin Competition (Taiwan, 2016) Kloster Schoental International Violin Competition (Germany, 2011) and the Violin of the North International Competition (Russia, 2009). Most recently Anny was awarded the 1st prize at the Elise Meyer Competition (Hamburg 2016). As a soloist, Anny has performed in series at prestigious venues such as the Kammersaal of Laeiszhalle (Hamburg) Wigmore Hall (London), LSO St. Luke’s (London), St Martin in the Fields (London) and in Leeds as part of the Leeds International Concert Series. Other recent artistic experiences have included appearing a soloist with the St.Peter’s College Orchestra, Oxford, the Cambridge Graduates’ Orchestra and the Finchley Chamber Orchestra. Anny studied at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Dr Felix Andrievsky from 2012-2015 and was the recipient of a full ABRSM scholarship. In 2015 she received a Diploma of Higher Education from the RCM. Anny is also an alumna of the Perlman Music Program where she had regular lessons with Itzhak Perlman between 2010-2016, and the Purcell School where she studied with Evgeny Grach. She is now kindly supported by the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation and plays on a Dom Nicolo Amati kindly on load from the Chi Mei Foundation, Taiwan.

Erika Gundesen is a distinguished graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Jane Coop and Terence Dawson. She continued her studies with Caroline Palmer at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where she has completed a Masters in Performance as well as an Artist Diploma as a répétiteur. She has also competed as a finalist in the Canadian Music Competition as well as the Knigge International Piano Competition. Erika is currently on fellowship at the Guildhall, working as a coach and assistant conductor, and will join the National Opera Studio in September 2017, supported by Help Musicians UK and the Roderick Brydon Trust. Recent opera and theatrical credits include West Side Story (Vivo d’Arte), My Fair Lady (Geoids Musical Theatre), The Tale of Januarie (GSMD Opera), Così fan tutte (Opera Loki), RENT (Vivo d’Arte), Door (GSMD Opera), Urinetown (St. Monica’s Players), Ariane (GSMD Opera), Side by Side by Sondheim (GSMD), Sweeney Todd (Vivo d’Arte), The Rape of Lucretia (GSMD Opera), Parade (London Theatre Workshop, Vivo d’Arte), and Songs for a New World (Jazzhands Optional.)

FREE Lunchtime Concert: Canada Day Celebration
Start: July 1, 2017 1:00 pm
End: July 1, 2017 1:45 pm
Venue: St Martin-in-the-Fields
Phone: 020 7766 1100

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