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St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition Final

Tuesday 26 March 2019

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In Partnership with Making Music
In the exciting final to the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition 2019, three ensembles will compete for the Grand Prize. The winning ensemble will be selected by a panel of high profile judges from the classical music world, and there will also be an audience vote to select the winner of the Audience Prize. Results will be announced at the end of the evening.

Bloomsbury Quartet
Beethoven – String Quartet in F minor ‘Serioso’, mvt. I
Erwin Schulhoff – Five Pieces for String Quartet
Eva de Vries Violin
Janell Yeo Violin
Rachel Maxey Viola
Felicity Smith Cello
The Bloomsbury Quartet was formed in September 2017, when Eva and Felicity met at a chamber music speed-dating session. Rather than the usual first-date awkwardness, they wished the 20-minute time slot would never end and the quartet was finally complete a week later when Janell and Rachel joined in!
In addition to winning the 2018 Stroud Green Festival’s Ensemble Scheme, their 2017/18 season included performances commemorating the centenary of the end of WW1 at China Exchange in London’s Chinatown, Isle of Wight, and the Petworth Festival. The Bloomsbury Quartet are also the 2018-19 Wigmore Hall/Open Academy Fellowship Ensemble. The quartet has recently performed in the Lake District as part of the Lake District Summer Music Patron’s concert series.
Individually, the members of the Bloomsbury Quartet have won competitions in the Netherlands, Singapore and the UK, and are recipients of the Marylebone Student Award, Howard Davis Scholarship, John Booth Prize, HSBC Youth Excellence Award, and the Diana Award, recognising their talent, dedication and success in sharing music with others. As orchestral musicians, they have played with the Britten Sinfonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Metropole Orkest, and participated in the CBSO String Training Scheme, Oxford Philharmonic Apprenticeship, Birmingham Royal Ballet Apprenticeship schemes and Southbank Sinfonia.
Eva plays a Giovanni Rota (Cremona 1808) violin, and Felicity a Tibor Semmelweis (London 2016) cello, kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music. Janell plays with a Jean-Thibouville-Lamy “Sarasate Virtuose” bow, sponsored by the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation.

Brompton Quartet
Haydn – String Quartet No 3 in E flat, mvt. I
Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, mvt. III
Angela Slater – Eye o da Hurricane
Maja Horvat Violin
Emily Turkanik Violin
Hannah Gardiner Viola
Wallis Power Cello
Formed in September 2018, the Brompton Quartet is comprised of players from the UK, Austria and Slovenia, studing at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London. Although they have only been playing together for a few months, they have already worked with artists such as Daniel Rowland (Brodsky Quartet), Mats Zitterqvist (Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Mark Messenger and the Harlem Quartet.
All four members of the group are active orchestral musicians and soloists, and have participated in festivals including the St. Endellion festival, Uppingham Int, Music Festival Peterborough, Padova and Stift International Music Festival. Prizes won by individual members of the group include: 1st prize at the 13th Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Strumentisti; 3rd prize and the special Szymanowski award at the First International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Katowice, Poland; 1st prize at the First International Tartini Competition; the Cambridge University Instrumental Award; the Inaugural Peterhouse Camerata Musica chamber music prize.
The Brompton Quartet are now excited to continue working on new repertoire and to perform as much as possible in the coming year – they look forward to upcoming recitals around London, and to traveling to Slovenia to perform in Summer 2019.
They are also passionate about education and community work, and in 2019 will be working with Haringey Music Service to take classical music into primary schools in North London, and with the Albany theatre in Deptford, which works to provide music and concert opportunities to people who might otherwise not be able to access it.

Pocket Sinfonia
Mozart arr. Hummel – ‘Overture’ from The Marriage of Figaro
Grieg arr. Corr & Duncumb – Holberg Suite, mvts. I, IV, V
Rosie Bowker Flute
Eleanor Corr Violin
Thomas Issac Cello
Emil Duncumb Piano
Pocket Sinfonia is reinterpreting orchestral masterpieces with the fresh spontaneity and intimacy of a chamber group. Using both modern and period instruments, Pocket Sinfonia was formed to recreate some of the atmosphere of wonderful 19th-century living room parties, where the intimacy of a chamber music performance could be applied to orchestral-scale pieces usually heard in a much larger setting. This was made possible via various transcriptions by composers of the 19th century; Pocket Sinfonia has since also made their own arrangements, applying spontaneity and vigour to creations that are not merely smaller versions of great pieces, but are new and artistic in their own right.
Pocket Sinfonia has been lucky enough to perform at various places much bigger than most living rooms including at Brighton Early Music Festival, Petworth, Sherborne Abbey, and East Devon Music Festivals, at the Royal Academy of Music’s Piano Festival and at venues in Norway including Universitetets Aula in Oslo and Asker Kulturhus. Pocket Sinfonia was also selected for the 2018/19 Brighton Early Music Festival Live! Scheme and was a finalist in the London International Festival of Early Music’s Young Ensemble Competition in November 2018.
The Telegraph’s Ivan Hewett came to see Pocket Sinfonia at Brighton Early Music Festival 2018 and wrote that “in terms of sheer energy, the palm must go to Pocket Sinfonia, who managed to make Mozart’s brilliant Haffner Symphony burst with the energy of an orchestra.” Future plans include performances at concert series in Halesworth, Powderham, Parbrook and Ski (Norway) and Pocket Sinfonia’s very own ‘Pocket Opera’ production of Mozart’s juvenile opera Bastien und Bastienne in Norway’s Mozartfestivalen. Look out for their forthcoming CD of Mozart transcriptions, guaranteed to make your parties the envy of the neighbourhood!

About the competition
Founded in 2010, St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition is the only competition in London with a focus on nurturing the fledgling careers of the UK’s most talented and hard-working young musicians through practical means. The competition’s prize is a series of professional engagements around Britain, offering the invaluable opportunity of paid performance experience and professional exposure to the winners. Making Music has supported the competition since its inception in 2010 and has been instrumental in providing concert opportunities for the winners. The competition’s inaugural winners, the Piatti Quartet gave over 16 concerts as a result of their prize earning over £13,500 in fees and gaining the benefits of experience and industry contacts which in turn lead to their Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2011.

St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition rewards those young performers who display not only an exceptional talent, but the drive and dedication to their art which sets them apart on the road to success. St Martin-in-the-Fields takes this journey with them maintaining an on-going interest in winners with continued support over the years in the form of publicity, professional engagements and free rehearsal space in central London.

Dates, Times & Book

Tue 26 Mar 7:30 PM £24/£20/£16/£13 Book

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