Elizabeth Hayley, Keith Tempest, Jonathan Hedges
Liz Hayley needs little introduction to many amateur musicians in Somerset because of her teaching, her much sought after accompanying skills and her patience, musicality and infectious enthusiasm in conducting the Wellington Choral Society. Keith plays with Bath’s Pump Room Trio and Jonathon is a music scholar at Queen’s College, Taunton.
These three Somerset musicians played Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Piano and Cello, Ravel’s Sonatine for Piano and Mike Mower’s Sonata Latino for Flute and piano
This is a group of 7 singers who are choral scholars at King’s College, Cambridge. You will have seen and heard them, as part of the King’s College Chapel Choir, at Christmas on the television and radio – now see and hear them in Milverton.
They will perform sacred music from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, madrigals, folk songs, part songs and close harmony – for which the group is best known. The programme will be interspersed with short organ recitals.
Wu Qian was born in Shanghai in 1984 then studied at the Menuhin School from the age of 11. She played Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat Major in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 15 and won the Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition at 16. After a successful debut
at the Wigmore Hall in 2002, she has had a second solo recital there in 2005 and has performed at many major venues throughout the world. The Independent Newspaper named her as the Classical Music Bright Young Star for 2007.
Wu Qian played Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A flat, Chopin’s Ballade No 4, Brahms’ Six Piano Pieces and Listz’s Hungarian Rhapsody XII.
This young quartet was founded in Moscow in 1995 under the professorship of Valentin Berlinsky, the cellist of the Borodin Quartet. In 1996, the Dominant Quartet was awarded the Grand Prix at the Schostakovich International String Quartet Competition in St. Petersburg and were Prize Winners at the International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux in 2001.
The Times described the quartet’s UK debut in 2004 as “outstanding”. Since then the Quartet has had regular tours around the United Kingdom, including Wigmore Hall, where the Quartet made their successful debut in October 2006. Local audiences may have heard them at The Castle Hotel in Taunton in 2004 and 2006.
They played Beethoven’s Quartet in B flat, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Children’s Album’, Shostakovich’s Quartet No 12.
We are delighted to be hosting one of the Two Moors Festival’s concerts in Milverton Church. The Aronowitz Ensemble, which was selected a few months ago to be BBC3’s New Generation Artists, played Fauré’s Piano Quintet No 1 in D minor and Dvorák’s String Quintet in E flat major.