Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts series: Jenny Lewisohn & Antonio Oyarzabal

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‘Viola & Piano works by British women composers’ with Jenny Lewisohn (viola) & Antonio Oyarzabal (piano)

Ballade Minna Keal (1909–1999) 

Two pieces for viola and piano Freda Swain (1902–1985)  

  • English Reel 
  • Song at Evening 

Sonata for viola and piano Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979) 

  • I. Impetuoso 
  • II. Vivace 
  • III. Adagio 

Throughout the year British/Danish violist Jenny Lewisohn performs with a rich variety of distinguished artists which has taken her around the UK, Europe, South America and Asia. She regularly attends IMS and OCM Prussia Cove and was invited to join the OCM annual tour culminating at Wigmore Hall. A movement of a work for solo viola by Raymond Yiu has been dedicated to Jenny as well as a viola concerto by Eloise Gynn.

Jenny has been a member of several award-winning chamber groups including the Hieronymus Quartet who completed a Beethoven Cycle at Woodhouse Music and the Lipatti Piano Quartet who have given multiple performances at the Wigmore Hall, in the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room and at Kings Place as Park Lane Group Young Artists. She is currently a member of the Kleio Quartet, recently described by Alina Ibragimova as “a wonderfully creative group of musicians who bring assuredness and freshness to everything they play.” She regularly joins the London Symphony Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra with whom she has participated in memorised performances at the Proms, around the UK and abroad, as well as on their recent Deutsche Grammophon ‘Music of the Spheres’ release.

She is an artistic advisor and co-founder of the Marryat Players Chamber Music Festival which takes place in Wimbledon each June. She is also Co-Artistic Director of the Jigsaw Players Concert Series which brings world-class classical, jazz and educational projects to South West London.

Each year Jenny teaches viola, violin and coaches chamber music at La Mariette Junior, a summer course for young musicians in the Loire Valley. She also mentors the viola section of the Marryat Players Chamber Orchestra for Young Musicians in Wimbledon and is a viola tutor on Nicola Benedetti’s acclaimed ‘Benedetti Sessions’ which take place across the UK and which have reached a global audience online since May 2020. In summer 2021 she launched VIVAstrings, an inspiring summer retreat for string players of all ability levels, along with pedagogues Rachel Cooper and Amy Tress.

Jenny studied with Rachel Roberts at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing her Bachelor of Music with highest honours and Masters of Music with Distinction in 2014 where she was also awarded the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma. Other notable mentors have included Tatjana Masurenko, Lars Anders Tomter and Jennifer Stumm.

Antonio Oyarzabal is a concert pianist living in London. He obtained his Masters and Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School, studying with Caroline Palmer. He has made his debut in LSO St Luke’s and in Barbican Hall with different chamber groups. He has also performed with Andrew Marriner, Matthew Jones, Caroline Palmer and alongside the Allegri Quartet and Southbank Sinfonia; also as a soloist with YMSO orchestra. He recently made his debut with Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and conductor Juanjo Mena.

​Antonio received the Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, and the 2nd prize at the “Concours International d’Ile de France” in Paris, 2008.

Antonio performs actively around the UK and abroad. He presented his CD The Inner Child in Spain, debuting in Fundación March (Madrid), and around the UK. This album was recorded with Orpheus Classical record label and was awarded the Golden Melomano prize in Melomano magazine. In 2019 he recorded another CD with the works by Basque composer Martínez Villar, with Arsis label, which has also received the Golden Melomano award. Recently, Antonio recorded his third CD with IBS Classical record label; La Muse Oubliée, a collection of piano works by women composers. This album has been awarded with a Golden Melomano, rated 5 stars from BBC Music Magazine, appeared in The Observer, and received glowing reviews from many European magazines. It has been selected as 1 of the 5 best piano albums of 2021 by Fanfare Magazine (US).

Because of Antonio’s work in the field of women composers, he has been named Ambassador for, one of the most important institutions for women in music.

Chichester Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concert series is self-supporting, and thrives through the generosity of its audiences. While there is no charge for admission, we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per person, with Gift Aid applied if possible.

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As well as its regular and special services, Chichester Cathedral runs a series of popular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.
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