St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

20 Nov

Music for St Nicks

Fri 20 Nov 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NQ

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Enjoy an eclectic mix of cello and piano music by Bach, Beethoven, Rodrigo and others, played by the Swan Chamber Players, David Hammond, Catherine Strachan and Frances Jones (see below for more details). All proceeds go to St Nicks charity.

Light refreshments & Christmas gift shop will be available.

Programme will include (subject to change):

  • Handel Sonata op. 5, no. 4 in G major: Allegro, A tempo ordinario, Allegro non presto, Passacaille, Gigue
  • Song Without Words by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Élégie by Gabriel Fauré
  • Two Scots tunes arranged by Geminiani, from “A treatise of good taste in the art of music”: Lady Anne Bothwell’s Lament, Sleepy Body
  • Beethoven Sonata op. 5, no. 2 for cello and piano: 2nd movement, Rondo
  • J. S. Bach Sonata BWV 1028 for viola da gamba and harpsichord: Adagio, Allegro, Andante, Allegro
  • Suite for piano by Joaquin Rodrigo

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A bit about the musicians

David Hammond (piano): David studied music and piano, with Liz Haddon, at the University of York, and has worked as a musician in York for twelve years. He has been a piano accompanist to many groups and soloists, and also worked as a community musician. He regularly performs in the York area, including in Castle Howard, and you may have  spotted him in his other role as a recycling officer for St Nicks. David has also been involved in Indonesian Gamelan music since 1999, and co-runs York Community Gamelan, a group open to all.

Frances Jones (cello): Frances has been playing the cello since she was small. She has loved playing in many school and university orchestras and cello groups. She now seeks all opportunities to play in ensembles and with friends when not working and training to be a forensic psychologist.

The Swan Chamber Players are a group of friends who enjoy playing chamber music together. As a group, their interests cover music of many styles and periods, but each are individually expert in music of the baroque period.

  • Kay Ritchie (flute): Kay is a research fellow in psychology at the University of York. She moved to York from Aberdeen in January this year, where she was a former winner of the University’s Ogston Music Prize, as well as several scholarships from the North East of Scotland Music School. Kay studied the flute under the late David Nicholson, former principal flute of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Kay is an experienced solo performer, and has had many years of orchestral work with groups in the North East of Scotland. Kay thoroughly enjoys playing chamber music and is looking forward to exploring the North of England with the Swan Chamber Players.
  • Jonny Lyon (oboe): Alongside his day job as a Software Engineer, Jonny Lyon enjoys a varied musical life based in York.  Formerly a Foundation Scholar of the Royal College of Music, his orchestral experiences include touring with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and several seasons as principal oboe with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, with whom he has performed on BBC Radio 3.  He is also active as a chamber musician and soloist, with highlights including Oboe Concertos by Bellini and Marcello.  Jonny is currently continuing his musical studies with an MA in Performance at the University of York.
  • Catherine Strachan (cello): studied modern and baroque cello at the RSAMD in Glasgow, followed by an MA in baroque performance practice at the University of York. Catherine has performed with various period-instrument ensembles around the UK, including La Serenissima, Ludus Baroque, Musica Donum Dei and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. She also teaches cello and double bass at Robert Gordon’s College, one of Scotland’s top independent schools, and offers lessons in York for all ages – email catherinestrachan[insert @]
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