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Recital for Cello and Piano

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Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall, Cambridge CB1 2EW

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Cellist Richard Tunnicliffe and Pianist Nigel Yandell perform a programme of Shostakovich, Britten and Joubert.

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Shostakovich - Sonata for cello and piano op. 40
Britten - Sonata in C for cello and piano op. 65
Joubert - Kontakion (1971)

Richard Tunnicliffe (cello)
Richard studied cello and viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music. He is well-known as soloist and chamber musician, playing cello, baroque cello and viols in a repertoire spanning five centuries of music.

His recording of the Bach cello suites was released in 2012 on Linn. The culmination of many years of study and countless performances, it has been very warmly received by critics: The Sunday Times praised its “clear-sighted, intelligently informed yet emotionally engaged performances” and the Independent on Sunday chose the disc as one of the “best classical releases of 2012”.

As well as a large number of chamber and orchestral works from the 17th- 19th centuries, he has also recorded works by English composers. These include John Garth whose 6 cello concerti of 1760 (Avison Ensemble, Divine Art) were the first to have been published in England and – from more recent times - Buxton Orr (String Quartets, String Trio/Toccata Classics) and John Joubert (“Kontakion” for cello and piano, with the late John Mc Cabe, piano/Toccata).

He is a member of the recently-formed Trio York who made their London debut in January 2016. From 2004-2015 he was a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork whose captivating performances and many recordings have earned them admirers all over the world. His duo partners include pianist Nigel Yandell, and fortepianist Maggie Cole. He is also principal cello of the Avison Ensemble, and is regularly invited as a guest principal cello or viola-da-gamba soloist with major orchestras and conductors.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season have included a tour as cellist and viola-da-gamba soloist in Bach’s St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the complete Bach cello Suites at University College, Oxford and London’s King's Place, two recitals of Beethoven Sonatas with Maggie Cole at Dartington International Summer School and Garth’s Concerto in d minor with the Avison Ensemble at Sage, Gateshead, Cedars Hall (Wells Cathedral School) and King’s Place.

Nigel Yandell (piano)
After studying music at the University of York, Nigel Yandell gained a postgraduate scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford, where his doctoral research focused on eighteenth century keyboard music. Since then his interests have expanded into new areas, including aspects of music publishing and historical performance practice. He was a contributor to the most recent edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and other related publications.

An experienced solo pianist and accompanist, Nigel Yandell has performed and lectured widely in the UK and Europe. He has lived in Cambridge since 2001 and is currently Director of Music at Hughes Hall. Formerly a Director of the London Sinfonietta, Pro Corda and Palace Opera, he is a Trustee of the Cambridge University Music Society and the Stradivari Trust, as well as a Director of the Cambridge Union Society. He is currently principal external examiner for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


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