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Chichester Music Society Bursary Holders Concert

Wed 8 Dec 2021 7:30pm

The Chapel, University of Chichester

Booking Details: Tickets £15, pre-booked only, see link

For further details see the Chichester Music Society website.

Chichester Music Society

The Bursary Holders Concert will now be taking place in the University Cloisters, rather than the Chapel, as previously announced.

CMS is delighted to present the first, of what we hope will become an annual event, our Bursary Holders Concert.

This is a special benefit event for Christmas and features some of our award winners. A retiring collection will be made at the end of the concert and all proceeds will go to CMS charities for the benefit of future bursary award winners and the purchase of musical instruments.

Wine & mince pies and wine will be served during the interval.

Three outstanding CMS Bursary Holders are able to join us for this concert and full programme details and artist biographies appear below, we are delighted that Head of Music, Ben Hall, has agreed to accompany the artists. Whilst live streaming will not be available for this concert, the event will be recorded and made available on the following day / Friday, when streaming details will be notified.

As previously advised, admission is free to members. A retiring collection will be made to support the Robert Headley fund.  Wine and mince pies will be served during the evening. Donations may also be made online, before or after the concert.

Artists &  Programme

Lisa Pow, Soprano

Soprano Elizabeth “Lisa” Pow completed her BA Hons in Music at Chichester University, delivering a first class dissertative performance of Exoticism in French Romantic Opera and Chanson, before taking an undergraduate performance course during which she was inspired to develop a more hands-on approach to staging and performing opera. She completed her MMus in Performance at the London College of Music whilst continuing to work as a professional vocalist and vocal tutor in Hampshire and West Sussex. Elizabeth co-founded the Sussex Opera Company City Wall Productions, whose re-imagining of Dido & Aeneas toured from 2011 to 2014, and Elizabeth, with City Wall Productions, was awarded the Dome Enterprise Business Centre Award. Elizabeth, during her time in Sussex also received first prize for the Clifford-Benson Award, 2010, for a recital of Chanson. She has also studied courses at the National Opera Studio, London, and Berlin Opera Academy. Elizabeth is multi-disciplined, and trained classically as a ballerina and stage-actress, as well as a violinist and pianist.

Elizabeth holds a position as Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester and visiting professor of Piano at The Prebendal School. As an involved director, she recently collaborated with Carl Davis on his Oratorio “The Last Train to Tomorrow” At Chichester Cathedral, and appeared in the premiere of his tribute to Leonard Bernstein, “Sing God a Simple Song”, a collaboration with Pamela Howard OBE for ‘Bernstein at 100’. She also appears annually in productions for Award-winning playwright, Gillian Plowman.

Elizabeth has enjoyed a variety of fully produced roles including: Susanna, (Le Nozze Di Figaro), Eurydice (Orpheé Aux Enfers), Lucy Lockett (The Beggar’s Opera) and has toured around West Sussex and Hampshire appearing as Belinda/Sorceress (Dido & Aeneas) Coridon/Damon (Acis and Galatea) Venus (Venus and Adonis). She was deemed “The Highlight of The Festival” for her appearance as Marguerite (Faust) at the 2012 Annual New Park Cinema International Film Festival. She has also appeared as Zerlina and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Sarah Good and Martha Sheldon (The Crucible), Moll (Dorian Grey) The Lover (Darling – One of us Whitechapel) Nikki Pignatelli (Sweet Charity),  and Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).

Le Nil – Xavier Leroux (Chanson)
Zueignung/Morgen – Richard Strauss
Donde Lieta – G. Puccini – La Boheme
Adelaide’s Aria (It’s My Wedding) – Jonathan Dove, The Enchanted Pig
The Trees on The Mountain – Carlisle Floyd, Susannah

Charlie Harrington, Trumpet

Charlie has been learning the trumpet since the age of 9, inspired to by his aunt who was a trumpeter during her teenage years and who wanted Charlie to enjoy the educational and social opportunities that music offers. To her surprise he took to the instrument extremely well and threw himself enthusiastically into practising as often as he could and taking part in all the orchestras and bands that his secondary school/college (Blatchington Mill, Hove) had to offer. By the time he had started college he knew he wanted to pursue music as a career and took every performance opportunity that was available. He has taken a particular interest in pit work (with the recent count of shows taken part in over the past 10 years nearing 35) and performing in an orchestra.

He started at Chichester University in 2015, originally on the Music BA course, and quickly decided that three years was not long enough to fully explore the trumpet and moved to the BMus Performance course. He enjoys the mental determination that comes with practise alongside numerous theories and ideas around trumpet performance that his trumpet tutor, Fraser Tannock, has given him. Charlie then made the decision to stay at Chichester on the MA course so that he can fully research and discuss ideas around performance and practise. He is particularly interested in breathing technique and how meditation can help ‘quieten’ the mind and how this can be applied in a performance scenario.

One area of performance that Charlie hoped to improve on during the MA was his orchestral playing and, after studying transposition and orchestral repertoire, has joined Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra as co-principal trumpet. Currently the orchestra are rehearsing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 alongside works by Brahms and Schumann. Charlie is currently studying a PGCE in Secondary Music at the University of Chichester in the hopes of one day becoming a head of music and (eventually!) a headteacher.

The piece that Charlie is performing today is Jean Hubeau’s Sonata for Chromatic Trumpet and Piano composed in 1943. The piece was chosen due to Charlie’s interest in mid-twentieth century trumpet repertoire.

Taisia Sandetcaia, Violin

Taisia Sandetcaia is a promising historical violinist from Moldova. She discovered her passion for historically informed performance whilst studying with Julia Bishop at the University of Chichester Conservatoire. Since then Taisia has performed alongside Bojan Cicic, Julia Bishop, Adrian Butterfield, Piers Adams and others, as well as recorded Summer by A.Vivaldi in Abbey Road Studios. She also participated in The Hanover Band projects, performing a vast range of classical repertoire. Taisia was honored to perform as a soloist in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the Tech. Park in Bognor Regis.
Taisia is currently studying her Masters Degree at The Royal College of Music, London, where she is an RCM Award Holder supported by Their Serene Highnesses Dr Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern and the Giles Walker Scholarship. She is also a Chichester Music Society and The Hanover Band Scholar.

Johann Joseph Vilsmayr (1663-1722) – Violin Partita No.1  in A major

An Austrian violinist and composer who’s only surviving works are  6 partitas for violin under the name of Artificiosus Concentus pro Camera (1715). Predating Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas for Solo violin with at least five years, they are challenging polyphonic works, full of double and triple stops, arpeggiated chords and implied conversations between musical lines. It’s still unknown if the works where intended to be played on a solo violin or have a continuo part.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) – Sonata No.4  Ciacona

A Bohemian-Austrian composer and an outstanding violinist. One of his most famous works is Mystery or Rosary Sonatas, which is a collection of 15 sonatas for violin and continuo and a final Passacaglia for solo violin. Each sonata has a title related to the Christian Rosary devotion practice up and is a meditation on an important moment in the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Sonata No.4 is a Ciacona which narrates The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple.

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