Julie West Solicitor
Leatherhead Concert &
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major K191 (1774)
2 Andante ma Adagio
3 Rondo: tempo di menuetto
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Vocalise-Étude, arr Fernand Oubradous (1903-1986)
Pièce - Adagio, molto tranquillo
Camille Saint Saens (1835-1921)
Bassoon Sonata in G major Op 168 (1921)
1 Allegro moderato
2 Allegro Scherzando
3 Molto Adagio - Allegro moderato
Concert duration: 40-45 minutes
Emily began learning the bassoon with Rachel Edmunds in her hometown of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire before moving to Chetham’s School of Music where she continued the bassoon with Graham Salvage and Anthea Wood. Whilst at Chetham’s Emily achieved a DipABRSM and LRSM diploma.
Emily is currently in the second year of her MA degree at the Royal Academy of Music where she studies the modern bassoon with Robin O’Neill and baroque and classical bassoon with Andrew Watts.
Prior to the Academy Emily studied at the Royal College of Music with Joost Bosdijk (modern) and Wouter Verschuren (historical) where she received a BMus first class honours.
Emily enjoys playing solo, orchestral and chamber music. She has freelanced with orchestras such as the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast as well as taking part in sit-in schemes with the Philharmonia. As a soloist Emily has performed the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Musicale Young Artists Programme and recently got to the second round of the RAM club prize where she performed Vivaldi’s bassoon concerto no 37.
Emily enjoys performing chamber music in a variety of ensembles including playing in the Gaudier Ensemble at the Cerne Abbas festival in June 2017 where she performed alongside Robin O’Neill. She also plays historical bassoon in chamber ensembles
including performing with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Hanover Band as part of their schemes.
Thomas is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School under Andrew West and Eugene Asti, having previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne and Diana Ketler. He has won prizes for his performances of Beethoven, Frederick Delius, Arthur Bliss and the contemporary piano repertoire.
In other chamber groups he maintains a strong interest in unusual repertoire of the late Romantic, as well as mid-20th-century British music. He has also earned recognition as a specialist in the music of Nikolai Kapustin, having played and conducted world premieres of his compositions in the UK, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan.
Off the concert stage, Thomas works as a répétiteur and ballet pianist. He sometimes accompanies and improvises for silent film, having performed at the Barbican Cinema in Erotikon by Gustav Machatý. Thomas also plays the violin, and writes poetry and piano transcriptions of songs and symphonies.
Leatherhead Methodist Church
a concert each week
to the end of November