Music on Thursdays
at Leatherhead Methodist Church
Julie West Solicitor
Leatherhead Concert &
Heinrich Molbe (Dr Heinrich Freiherr von Bach 1835-1915)
Air arabe für Oboe und Horn mit Clavirebegleitung Op 77 (1898)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
from the Sacred Cantata in E minor: Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke I am content with my lot BWV 84 (1727)
Soprano aria: Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
from 12 Concerti a cinque Op 9 (1722)
No 12 Concerto for Two Oboes in D major
Edwin Carr (1926-2003, New Zealand)
from Two Mansfield Poems (1991)
for Oboe d'amore & piano
2 Sleeping Together Allegro moderato
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
from 12 Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder Op 85 (1849)
12 Piano Pieces for Young and Older Children (piano 4 hands)
Etuden in kanonischer Form für Orgel oder Pedalklavier Op 56 (1845) Studies in the Form of Canons for Organ or Pedal Piano
2 Mit innigem Ausdruck (A minor) With tender expression
4 Innig (A♭ major) Tenderly
Adolphe Blanc (1828-1885)
Romance for oboe, horn (or cor anglais) with piano accompaniment Op 43b
Philip was born in Lancashire and took tutelage from Rachael Clegg at Chethams School of Music. He then went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Melinda Maxwell and Rachel Pankhurst. Whilst still at RNCM Philip had the rare opportunity to record a premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s oboe trio – Shadow Play, with the renowned oboist Paul Goodey. During his time at RNCM Philip won numerous prizes including the Cronshaw Lancaster Prize for Wind, Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize and a Henry Wood Scholarship. He then moved to London to study a Masters of Music at the RCM studying with Christopher Cowie.
As a keen chamber musician, Philip has performed with many chamber groups in venues across the UK and other venues across Europe. With this passion for chamber music he is also a tutor on several Wind Ensemble courses including the Malvern Winds, Wind Ensemble Retreat in Yorkshie and Dartington International Festival.
As part of the Atéa Wind Quintet, who are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Philip has recently become an oboe tutor at the Conservatoire getting to work with some fantastic young oboists. The Quintet were previously Artists in Residence at the Purcell School and double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. Atéa are very thankful for the support of the Tunnell Trust, Live Music Now and the Kirckman Concert Society schemes, with whom they gave their Wigmore debut in 2015.
With a passion for new music, Philip is also a member of the award winning ‘Riot Ensemble’ whose primary focus is new music which has taken him across the UK around Europe and beyond. Philip has recently worked with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Opera North, Hallé Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Ensemble, Den Fynske Opera in Denmark, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of St Johns and the London Musical Arts Orchestra.
Rachel Broadbent started learning the oboe aged 11 after her clarinet teacher suggested she would do better on the oboe. This proved to be a successful swap and she continued her studies at Birmingham Conservatoire with Jonathan Kelly (now principal oboe Berlin Philharmonic) and George Caird. While at Birmingham she performed a variety of concertos with the orchestras and was chosen to perform Albinoni’s Double Concerto Op9 no9 with George Caird. Rachel won the Rollason Award for performance and gained a 1st class honours degree before moving to London to further her studies at Guildhall School Of Music and Drama studying with Richard Simpson.
Since leaving college Rachel has worked as a freelance oboist working in a variety of orchestras, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, London Chamber Orchestra, and BBC Concert Orchestra amongst many others. She is principal oboe in the Southern Sinfonia with whom she has performed many baroque concertos and regularly works under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington.
Alongside her orchestral work Rachel regularly works as a soloist, and a chamber musician in her ensemble Chiltern Musica.
Rachel is a passionate educator and works with many young oboists and wind players teaching and coaching in schools at various events. She teaches in the Junior department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama alongside 3 schools and has coached at the Cork School of Music Double Reed Day, The Big Double Reed Day in London, Kerry Camden Wind Ensemble course at Benslow Hills and last year was invited to coach the woodwind of the Portuguese Youth Orchestra.
Rachel is also a published arranger and has works published by Emerson publications and Phylloscopus. When time allows and Rachel isn’t busy making music she still enjoys being creative and is often found making silver jewellery.
Connie Luk, originally from Hong Kong, received her Masters of Performance fro the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, principal in piano accompaniment, where she studied with Pamela Lidiard. Connie has taken part in several competitions including receiving a recommendation award in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Piano Accompaniment Prize, second prize at Cheltenham Bach Choir singing competition with Sylwia Stepien, soprano, and as the selected candidate in both 8th and 9th Concours International De Chant-Piano Nadia Et Lili Boulanger in Paris.
In summer 2016, she received a scholarship from the Franz-Schubert-Institut for their Master Course in Baden bei Wien, Austria. She has received coaching and master classes from Graham Johnson, Julius Drakes, Roger Vignoles, Helmut Deutsch, Martin Katz, Iain Burnside, Eugene Asti and many more.
She is now actively performing in the UK as both collaborative pianist and orchestral pianist including with University of London Symphony Orchestra and Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. Performance appearances include at the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Wigmore Hall, Talent Unlimited Music Futures Festival and many more.
Connie has also worked as a repetiteur with British Youth Opera in summer 2015 and with Ormond Opera in their latest Carmen production. As a multi-art enthusiast, Connie is eager to develop classical music performance in new ways. She has created song-in-theatre productions and worked as both director and pianist, including Cabaret Girls and The Girl who Grew Up, both featured in Song in the City, and was enthusiastically received.
Leatherhead Methodist Church
Director of Music
Stag Montem Chorem
18 July 2018
Music on Thursdays
Emma Williams, recorders
Wezi Elliott, theorbo
2 August 2018
a concert each week
to the end of November