Music on Thursdays
2014 Season Sponsor:
Patricia Morgan Optician
Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Opus 102 No 2 Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major (1815)
i Allegro con brio
ii Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto - Attacca
iii Allegro - Allegro fugato
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
Variations on a Slovak Folk Song
H378 (1959 Schönenberg-Pratteln)
Theme: Poco andante, rubato
II: Poco allegro
IV: Scherzo, Allegretto
Rialto Lounge will be selling sandwiches and drinks in the church after the concert.
Michael Round is a solo and orchestral pianist, teacher, accompanist, arranger, writer, music editor and occasional conductor. His playing career has included over 25 years’ work as keyboard-player with the four main London and other orchestras plus less conventional work as Palm Court Hotel pianist in the Arabian Gulf, and a short season of excursions to Venice and back, playing piano while being propelled backwards through Europe at over 125mph on the Orient Express.
As soloist or orchestral pianist Michael has travelled to over 20 different countries (including seven visits to Japan and three to Brazil), and played on film soundtracks ranging from the first ‘Star Wars’ movie to ‘Zulu Dawn’, ‘Return to Oz’ and ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’. He has played keyboard in around 30 West End musicals, and was for a time Musical Director of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with Maureen Lipman, and also of Joan Rivers’ UK tours (2002–4).
Michael writes for Music Teacher, International Piano and other magazines. His series ‘The Celeste-Player’s Guide to the Orchestra’ ran for around 20 episodes in Classical Music, and his ‘Diary of an Accompanist’ currently appears in International Piano magazine. He is the regular co-author of the Teachers’ Notes for ABRSM and Trinity-Guildhall piano grade-exam syllabuses.
Michael’s work as arranger includes brass-ensemble pieces for the Wallace Collection (which toured Europe with them in 1992) and orchestrations of Ravel piano works, performed in London’s Royal Festival Hall by the Philharmonia under Leonard Slatkin, and in Tokyo and Washington DC under Vladimir Ashkenazy (who also recorded them with the NHK Symphony Orchestra). Michael is also arranger for, pianist with, and conductor of the St Clements Wind Ensemble, a group founded in 2004 which performs regularly in Germany, London and Edinburgh.
Michael has been an accompanist since his schooldays. Currently he accompanies the Kingston University Chamber Choir and main chorus. He has taught piano at Kingston for over 30 years, and also taught academic studies at Trinity College of Music throughout the 1990s.
We are delighted to welcome back cellist Jacqueline Phillips who many will have heard playing for the Music on Thursdays launch event in the Swan Centre in March 2012 and in other Leatherhead concerts during that year.
A brilliant ‘cellist from an early age, Jacqueline studied with legendary teachers including William Pleeth, Amaryllis Fleming, Aldo Perisot, Joan Dickson and has emerged as an extraordinarily versatile and well-rounded musician; undoubtedly one of the finest British ‘cellists of her generation, with a career that has taken her round the world, including a trip to Italy to win the Rovere d’Oro International competition in Genoa.
She is in much demand as a free-lance chamber and orchestral musician, guest leading the Irish Chamber Orchestra, guest sub-principle of BBC Phil and guest co- leading the B B C National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestra.
She founded her own group known as the Brook Ensemble and this special ensemble is the first small group to have continually given a portion of the fees to cancer charities most recently Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Recently Jacqueline, in her efforts to push the boundaries of cello technique, has specialised in adapting known violin virtuoso solos, performances including Saint-Saens “Rondo Capriccioso” and other violin virtuoso concert pieces ! And she continues with a schedule of performances in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Concert at Home
Here are links to video performances of the works played in this concert: