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Book a ticket Sunday 7th January 2017 7.30 pm Book a ticket
Pre-concert talk by Oliver Wass and Henry Roberts at 6.45 pm
Please Note:Allerdale Borough Council are supporting Keswick Music Society and allowing us to have FREE parking (in the car park by the Theatre) between 6pm - 10pm on the evenings of our Music Society concerts for next season 2017 - 2018.
Sunday 7th January 2017 7.30 pm
Oliver Wass harp
Henry Roberts flute
The distinctive sounds of the harp and the flute must be among the most evocative in classical music, and together they complement each other in intriguing ways. Oliver and Henry are both rising stars of their instruments, and with them we will go on a journey through time from Bach to the Tango, via Telemann, Gluck, Chopin, Debussy, De Falla, Bartok and Piazzola. The music, some well-known, some unfamiliar, is often transformed by the unusual instrumentation.
As sponsored artists they are generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Oliver Wass studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Imogen Barford. He graduated from the University of York with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry.
He recently won the Suoni d’Arpa International Competition in Italy, and will record a CD with the Tactus Label next year. In May 2016, he became the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, the Guildhall’s most prestigious prize. Previous winners of the competition include Jacqueline du Pré, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little. He has performed all the major harp concertos, including directing the Handel Harp Concerto in the Barbican Hall. He has also performed concertos at the London Handel Festival, the City of London Festival, with the Oxford Sinfonia, and with the World Chamber Orchestra. He won the Andrea Vigh Jury Prize at the 4th International Harp Competition Szeged. He is a Musicians’ Company Yeoman, and will give his Purcell Room debut in June 2017. He is very grateful for support from the Hattori Foundation.
He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016, where he was praised for his “tremendous dynamism” and "remarkable range of timbres and warmth of the tone” (Seen and Heard International).
Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), his flute-viola-harp trio; The Pelléas Ensemble, won the Royal Philarmonic Society Henderson Award, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Park Lane Group Young Artists.
They have a busy recital schedule performing around the country, and are active in commissioning new works for the combination which have been performed at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, the Two Moors Festival, and the United Kingdom Harp Association. They have appeared live on Radio 3.
An experienced soloist, Oliver competed in and won music festivals throughout his childhood. He studied with Charlotte Seale at the Junior Department of the GSMD, where he became the only harpist to have been a prizewinner in the prestigious Lutine Competition, and he was Principal Harp in the National Youth Orchestra.
Henry Roberts studied as an undergraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Sarah Newbold and Ian Clarke. He was selected for the BBC Total Immersion project, leading to performances of Oliver Knussen’s chamber music on BBC Radio 3. He went on to study on the Orchestral Artistry programme in association with the London Symphony Orchestra under Philippa Davies and Christopher Green. During this time he was generously sponsored by the Leverhulme Arts Trust as a Guildhall School scholar.
Whilst studying, Henry was principal flute in the LSO Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, and played with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall and at Milton Court. He worked with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Henry gained a place at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden where he studied with Denis Bouriakov.
As a soloist, Henry has performed across the UK, including Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G at the Capitol Theatre with the Horsham Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician Henry was principal flute for the Exeter College Choir, Oxford, recording the first ever CD of Stanford Mass in G (EM Records). He has regularly played under the baton of Jamie Phillips with the Birmingham Festival Orchestra and toured France with Don Giovanni and Italy with La Traviata.
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