Thursday 9th May 2019
7pm Baldersby St. James Church, YO7 4PT
One girl, four harps! A recital of dance-themed repertoire using a 47-string modern Horngacher, an Erard from 1895, a clarsach from California and a 22-string baby harp.
Tickets on the door.
With a passion for chamber music, Mary has recently started giving recitals with soprano Camilla Jeppeson as one half of the Voce47 duo. Mary founded Zamira Duo with violinist Tansy Garrod and in other chamber groups Mary has performed the world premieres of ‘Black Roses’ by Martin Gaughan (mandolin/harp) and ‘Panoply’ by Richard Bissell (harp duet/flute). She performed alongside Christopher Hogwood in a Gresham College lecture-recital, and has featured several times in the Royal Academy’s Tuesday Chamber Music Series.
Mary also loves performing to those who might otherwise never hear classical music: in schools, churches and hospices. Mary performs through the Live Music Now scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin, giving participatory performances for adults in dementia care homes and children with special education needs. Currently, Mary is involved as a music specialist at Tuke School, Peckham for the whole of 2019 as well as giving workshops as one half of Duo94 with harpist Tomos Xerri. She is also a Concordia Foundation artist.
Thursday 3rd October. Nikolsky Ensemble.
The origin of the name “Nikolsky” comes from St. Nicholas male monastery choir (in Russian [Nikolsky muzhskoy monastir]). They hire professional musicians to decorate the service. Most of us met while working there.
St. Nicholas of Myra is the patron saint of travelers. Being touring musicians we do a lot of traveling. Russian adjective “Nikolsky” also includes meaning of being under patronage of St. Nicholas.
We sing a cappella. Our voices are the only instruments we use!
As a rule, the first part of our concert is devoted to Russian Orthodox Church music written by our famous classical composers since 17th century. In the second part we sing Russian folk and secular songs.
In spite of the fact that our audience cannot always understand Russian, the beauty of melodies helps to overcome language barrier. People often recognize Rachmaninov “Hail Mary” from Vespers, world-known “Volga Boatmen”, “Kalinka”, etc… Our performance displays a range of emotions and zooms-in the “Russian Soul”.