Overture “Carnival” – Dvořák
Nocturne (New Year music) – Finzi
Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor – Bruch
Soloist: Madeleine Pickering
Christmas Overture – Coleridge-Taylor
Sleigh Ride – Delius
The Skaters’ Waltz – Waldteufel
Sleeping Beauty Suite – Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Jonathan Butcher
Our December concert has a bit of a wintry and, dare we say it – Christmassy – feel with lots of seasonal tunes to enjoy! Sleigh Rides, a “Christmas Overture”, “Sleeping Beauty” ballet music and more will send you dancing off into the festive season. We’re bringing you a bright young star to follow as well in the form of recent Royal Academy graduate Madeleine Pickering (pictured) who will play the famous Violin Concerto by Max Bruch. Budding young violinists should come along to watch and be inspired!
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Photo: Madeleine Pickering (image credit: Olivia da Costa)
Madeleine Pickering – Violin
Violinist and violist Madeleine Pickering studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Maureen Smith, Tasmin Little and Michael Foyle (violin), Garfield Jackson and Martin Outram (viola).
She has been the recipient of several prizes, including the Theodore Holland Viola Prize (2016), the Winifred Small Prize for Solo Violin (2020) and the Martin/Hooton Violin Concerto Prize (2021). She became a member of the Musicians’ Company Young Artists’ Programme in 2019 when she received the Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust Special Award, and she is a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2021-22 for Making Music UK.
Apart from recital and concerto performances, Madeleine loves playing with other musicians in chamber and orchestral collaborations of various types. She particularly enjoys directing from the violin, and, as winner of the Martin/Hooton Violin Concerto Prize in 2021, she directed and performed as soloist with the Academy String Orchestra in a recording of Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D minor for Violin and String Orchestra. She enjoys work with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Fantasia Orchestra, Echo Ensemble and Piccadilly Sinfonietta.
She plays on a violin by Giovanni Pistucci c.1800, generously loaned to her by the Harrison-Frank Foundation in association with J&A Beare.