Thames Chamber Orchestra – Mozart and Schubert
Warlock – Capriol Suite
Purcell – Chaconne
Mozart – Piano Concerto in B flat
Borodin – Nocturne
Schubert – Symphony No.5
Thames Chamber Orchestra
James Lisney Piano
Keith Marshall Conductor
The TCO has appeared at the festivals at Windsor, Norwich, Fishguard, Nottingham, Cambridge, Pershore, Madley, and at many other venues in this country and abroad, including several visits to the Flanders Festival. The orchestra has given regular concerts at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and has also appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. Programmes have ranged very widely with music from the 17th to the 20th century and the orchestra has commissioned several works from young British composers which have had their first performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall followed by BBC studio broadcasts.
Within its repertoire, the orchestra has introduced many lesser known works of the great composers as well as numerous worthwhile pieces by their less famous contemporaries. The Thames Chamber Orchestra has always invited the finest chamber musicians to be amongst its members, and their sense of style and warmth of sound have frequently earned much praise both from critics and the many guest conductors who have worked with the orchestra.
Under its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Keith Marshall, the TCO performs regularly at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square and other major London venues, recently inaugurating a series of orchestral concerts at The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. This new series marked both the return of the Thames Chamber Orchestra to West London, and a significant stage in the development of The Landmark as a major centre for the arts.
Keith Marshall began his musical education as a chorister at Birmingham Cathedral. He read music at Caius College Cambridge, where he was a Choral Exhibitioner. Having gained MA Hons in music, Keith went on to study oboe at the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Recital Diploma – the Academy’s highest award. He was a First Prize winner in the opening “Croft Original” competition and was subsequently awarded the Academy’s Shinn Fellowship.
Keith Marshall has pursued a highly successful and broadly based freelance career as an oboist, performing on a regular basis with Britain’s most prestigious symphony and chamber orchestras at many of the world’s most important venues and music festivals. Playing for extended periods with both the English Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras, he has performed at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Keith Marshall has often appeared as soloist with the Thames Chamber Orchestra, playing concertos in both the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, and at other venues throughout the United Kingdom.
In 1994 Keith Marshall was appointed Director of the Thames Chamber Orchestra. He conducts a regular series of concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, at numerous festivals throughout the United Kingdom and at many London venues including St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. Keith has conducted the TCO in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra on several occasions and these gala performances have included works such as Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos and symphonies by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert.
James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his Schubertreise series at London`s South Bank Centre, his extensive Beethoven Project or the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.
Following study with Jean Murphy, Phyllis Sellick and John Barstow, James Lisney made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986. Early representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London lead to a career that has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras.
James Lisney`s repertoire ranges from baroque masterpieces to music of the present day. In the past decade, the music of Schubert and Beethoven have been a central pre-occupation (in performance and in recordings) and he regularly presents cycles of the piano sonatas and relevant chamber music. His recordings (on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton) have gained the highest recommendations.
James Lisney celebrated his fiftieth birthday in 2012 with five concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (including three new works by Jan Vriend) and giving cycles of the late music of Franz Schubert in Stamford, Leipzig, Brussels and Berlin. In the autumn of 2011 he launched a cycle of all the sonatas of Schubert and Beethoven (for both piano solo and duo with strings) in Belgium.