programme expected soon
Shafer Mahoney (b1968)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
String Duo No 1 in G major, K423
Les Folies d'Espagnes , a compilation of CPE Bach, Scarlatti, Giuliani, Ponce, Andrews/Massey, Marais, and others
Our arrangement of Les Folies d'Espagne (in Spanish La Folia) is a new work that we have only performed once before. Over 150 composers have used this simple theme in their works, and those listed above are just a few of those who have written variations on it. Called La Folia, it is one of the oldest remembered European musical themes.
We have taken our favourite variations, overlayed them (so the flute may be playing Bach over the guitar playing Giuliani, for example), and created something unique that is also a set of variations on this same theme. We have structured the work so it builds in excitement until we repeat the theme at the end.
Traditional, arr Andrews/Massey
Molly Malone, Wayfaring Stranger, Dance to your Daddy
Recordings from today's concert:
In 2010 Emily Andrews graduated with Distinction from her Masters degree in flute performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Clare Southworth and Kate Hill. An unusual career path: Emily’s first degree was in Mathematics at Cambridge University, and she worked as IT consultant for two years before becoming a full-time musician.
Emily is a passionate chamber musician as well as a soloist. She has performed second flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra and Scottish Opera, among other orchestras, and she has performed recitals in many prestigious UK venues including the Wigmore Hall and St Martin in the Fields, as well as abroad.
Emily's "exquisite phrasing", beautiful singing tone and natural musicality have been noted by many prominent musicians, - Lorna McGhee, Ransom Wilson, Mark Van de Wiel, Neil Black OBE, & William Bennett OBE. The British Flute Society's review of her performance of the Liebermann flute concerto cited Emily as "definitely one of Britain's most promising young professionals".
Her prize-winning flute and guitar duo, the Andrews Massey Duo, recently brought out its third CD. For more information, please visit: www.emilyandrewsflute.com
David Massey studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin, receiving both a BMus and MMus with distinction. He has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Sage Gateshead, Royal Albert Hall, St Martin in the Fields, amongst others, and premièred several new works.
In 2006 he became the first guitarist in over twenty years to win the BBC Young Musician strings category. He has a particular interest in transcriptions and collaboration, and has an ongoing duo partnership with flautist Emily Andrews (www.andrewsmasseyduo.com), with whom he has released three CDs. He teaches guitar privately and in schools across North London.
From compositions freely improvised
Like shining rivers, breathed in silver notes,
Unique in style, she dances with a light
Triumphant flourish, rhythmically floats
Ethereal music. With her instrument
A thread of quicksilver enfolds our ears,
Now lively, now a haunting testament
Describes in poignant tones a well-known theme.
Guitar he integrates with textures rich;
Uncanny synchrony of chordal base
Instills interpretation sensitive –
Their partnership of “Stolen Serenades”.
Arrangements many, overlaid with skill,
Return to delight; thus our hearts they fill.
Peter Horsfield 29/5/2015