New Year Extravaganza by Candlelight
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Pachelbel – Canon and Gigue in D
Bach – Concerto for Oboe and Violin
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Festive Orchestra of London
Catherine Manson Violin/Director
Katharina Spreckelsen Oboe
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 (solo violin/director) enjoys a versatile performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been leader of the Feinstein Ensemble for ten years. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall and later this year at the Sydney Opera House. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006. Together with the orchestra’s director, Ton Koopman she has recorded the six obbligato sonatas by Bach, Haydn’s concerto for violin and organ and the complete chamber music by Buxtehude. They have given many concerts together throughout Europe. She is frequently invited as guest leader of ensembles such as Il Gardellino and Collegium Vocale in Belgium and Smithsonian Chamber Players in USA. She recently appeared as soloist and director with Tafelmusik in Canada. Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, presenting chamber music courses for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at King’s College, the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, USA, the Granada International Festival’s ‘Musical Interpretation’ course, the Domaine Forget chamber music courses in Canada and given masterclasses at Juilliard School, Yale and Indiana Universities.
Katharina Spreckelsen was born in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. After studying medicine for two years at Göttingen University, she began her professional music career, studying first with Michel Piguet at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and then with Paul Goodwin at the Royal College of Music in London.
Katharina is the principal oboist for The English Concert, the Gabrieli Players and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and has toured extensively in Europe and the USA with these ensembles and many distinguished solo artists, including Andreas Scholl. She has also toured and recorded as guest principal oboist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Katharina has recorded extensively. Her solo recordings include arrangements of the Bach Organ Trio Sonatas with The King’s Consort for Hyperion and Vivaldi Chamber Concertos with Florilegium for Channel Classics.
She is Professor of Baroque and Classical Oboe at the Royal Academy of Music in London.