Music on Thursdays
Emma Halnan, flute
Auriol Evans, cello
Daniel King Smith, piano
courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music
2014 Season Sponsor:
Patricia Morgan Optician
Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941)
Trois Aquarelles for flute, cello and piano
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
Trio for flute, violoncello and piano (1944)
Rialto Lounge will be selling sandwiches and drinks in the church after the concert.
Emma Halnan (flute) studies at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill. She previously studied with Anna Pope at the Purcell School, where she won the 2010 Fenton Leavers’ Award. Emma reached the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2010, in which she performed Reinecke’s Flute Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Vasily Petrenko. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC 2, BBC 4 and Radio 3. In 2012, Emma was as a YMFE (Yamaha Music Foundation Europe) Scholarship Winner. She recently won the Croydon Festival Concerto Competition 2013, resulting in concerto performances with the London Mozart Players and Dulwich Symphony Orchestra. In September 2013 she won first prize (senior category) in the International Award Carl Reinecke, held in Como, Italy.
Emma has played at many major venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St.John's, Smith Square and LSO St. Luke’s. In 2010 she broadcast on BBC Radio 2 "Friday Night is Music Night" with the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has also appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras including the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Welsh Sinfonia.
Emma performs regularly with pianist Daniel King Smith. Their forthcoming performances include recitals at Fairfield Hall (Croydon), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre (Huntingdon).
Auriol Evans (cello) was born in Eastbourne, and started to play the cello at the age of seven. When she was nine years old, she played the role of the young Jacqueline du Pré in the feature film Hilary and Jackie. Soon afterwards, she became a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music studying with David Smith.
Auriol is now in her final year of a Master of Music Degree at The Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Josephine Knight. She has been awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Orchestral Scholarship allowing her to have lessons with Principal players from top London Orchestras.
Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2011, Auriol has sat as principal cellist of the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and Co-Principal of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra under the direction of Sir Mark Elder, and most recently has been offered work with the Philharmonia and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Auriol is the recipient of the Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award, and is kindly supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Albert Cooper Charitable Trust.
Daniel King Smith (piano) has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Harold Craxton and Max Pirani prizes for Chamber Music and others for his all-round musical ability. His teachers were Piers Lane, Ruth Nye and Vanessa Latarche.
His extensive concerto repertoire, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Gershwin, Ravel and Mozart, has lead to many concerto performances in the UK and around Europe, including the Royal Festival Hall, London, various theatres in Cataluña, Spain, and San Stefano al Ponte, Florence. Daniel has frequently been a featured Solo Classical Artist on many Cruise lines including Crystal, Cunard, Seabourn, Holland America and Fred. Olsen.
Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life and he is currently staff accompanist at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and at the Purcell School leading to concerts for Prince Charles and at the Wigmore Hall. He also regularly accompanies at the Royal College of Music for Wind Faculty classes, masterclasses and end of year recitals. Daniel is often official accompanist on summer music courses including the British Isles Music Festival and Simon Rowland-Jones' viola course. He has given recitals all over the world with Michael Collins, Carmel Kaine, Yuki Ito, Anna Hashimoto, Suzie Thorn and Emma Halnan.
Daniel performs regularly on In Tune on BBC Radio 3, and appeared in the televised finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1996 as soloist and regularly since then as accompanist. He was also a prize-winner in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist competition in 1996 and has subsequently won the Best Accompanist Prize in the same competition. In September 2003 he played as orchestral pianist with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Daniel has recorded a number of CDs, including a recent release with Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label.
Joyful Trio Transforms
Arriving late, after bank meeting
which seriously overran,
mind spinning, and addled with figures,
I collapse into a comfy chair.
Instantly, a warm cloak envelops me;
a ripple of resonating sound,
synthesis of 'cello, flute and piano,
transports me to a timeless place,
every care discarded with abandon.
Like the musicians, in total absorption,
I share the ever-moving moment,
Martinu – inspired, strange yet familiar,
embodied by this trio;
individual, yet blended
magically, they project
an aura intensely palpable,
that runs the moods from fast and passionate
to slow and lyrical, and back again.
Dextrous fingers, body language,
toss the melody around
from instrument to instrument,
and integrate a rich chordal texture
which floats suspended in the ether,
embedded in the very fabric
and colour of this church.
Numinous quality – I could listen all day,
do not want it to end.
Back they come for lively Haydn encore.
The music dies away, but scene remains –
bathed and cleansed by youthful enthusiasm,
joyful in heart, I go on my way.
Peter Horsfield 25/4/2014
(inspired by today's concert)