THE MUSIC OF POLO PIATTI - The Works And The Stories Behind The Works

THE MUSIC OF POLO PIATTI - The Works And The Stories Behind The Works

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A unique opportunity to experience composer Polo Piatti performing some of his most famous works with special guests. Under 18's enter free.

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A unique opportunity to experience acclaimed British-Argentine composer Polo Piatti performing some of his very best works and telling the stories behind their creation with specially invited soloists, all in the comfort of the recently reopened Opus Theatre.

With special guests including cellist Riya Hamie, Daisy Noton on flute, pianist Berniya Hamie, clarinetist Galina Baxter, soprano Thomasin Trezise, violinist Laura Rickard,  shanty singers Sound Of Rock-A-Nore and Polo Piatti on piano.

Enjoy some of Piatti’s most moving and famous compositions including Lullaby For A Clown’, ‘Duty Sublime’, ‘Agitato’, ‘Bohemian Cadenza’, ’ Frantico', excerpts of his 'Old World Cello Concerto’ and many more amazing works.

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Laura Rickard


British violinist Laura Rickard is a highly in demand soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where upon graduation she was appointed as Meaker Fellow in Violin and she now continues teaching violin and chamber music. Laura performs regularly with the Mila Piano Trio around Europe, and is founder and artistic director of the Romsey Chamber Music Festival which brings international artists to her hometown in Hampshire.

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Daisy Noton

Daisy studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Karen Jones and was a BBC Young Musician Woodwind Finalist 2020. She has won many international and national competitions, including First Prize in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition 2021.

She has performed as a soloist with the London Mozart Players, Sussex Concert Orchestra and has performed at numerous venues in the UK including Glyndebourne and St John’s Smith Square, London. She was principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2021 and in 2018 was principal flute of the International Composer’s Festival Orchestra.

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Berniya Hamie

Berniya Hamie studies piano with Dina Parakhina and cello with Hélène Dautry at the Royal College of Music on a full scholarship, as the John and Marjorie Coultate Scholar. She was selected as a Tabor Piano Ambassador for the Leeds International Piano Competition, representing the RCM. Berniya has won numerous prizes at competitions and festivals around the country and performed at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall. Highlights include performances of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Brighton Youth Orchestra as part of the 2018 Brighton Festival. A passionate chamber musician, she is the pianist of the Astatine Trio, who were awarded first prize in the Senior Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in April 2022 as the youngest participants, and were selected to perform at Wigmore Hall in May 2022. An incredibly versatile musician, she is also the cellist of the Fiora Quartet, who are mentored by the Sacconi Quartet, and selected to perform representing the UK at the Royal Albert Hall’s ANAM Quartetthaus Festival in September 2022.

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Thomasin Trezise

Thomasin Trezise was born in Brighton and studied singing at the Royal College of Music. She is now based in Hastings and has been a regular at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Her roles there include Mother, (Madam Butterfly), Stella (Imago), Chocholka (The Cunning Little Vixen), Second Nymph (Rusalka) and Mrs Herring (Albert Herring). Other operatic roles include Mimi (La Boheme) and Angelina (La Cenerentola) for Garden Opera and Olga (Onegin) and Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte) for Music Theatre London. Concert work includes a Basket Seller in Da Falla’s La Vida Breve at the Proms; Die Paradis und die Peri with Simon Rattle and the Age of Enlightenment Orchestra at the Festival Hall; and the Matthew Passion for the London Bach Festival. Recordings include Mary Magdalen in ‘Beloved Son’ by Dave Brubeck for Telarc with Alan Opie, the Dave Brubeck Quartet and The LSO, and soundtracks to The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films. Recently she has performed at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and L’Opera de Monte Carlo. Thomasin has now developed her Opera Cabaret, which she performs at both public and private events, with huge success, all over the country. She is also developing her private singing teaching practice. She is delighted to announce that she has just been made a member of the Royal Society of Musicians, recognised for her services to music.

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Riya Hamie

Cellist Riya Hamie, is a junior student at the Royal College of Music (RCMJD) studying with Michal Kaznowski. She was one of eight LPO junior artists in 2020-2021 and the co-principal cellist of NYO 2022, and was also the cover model for the ABRSM Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023. She has won multiple prizes at RCMJD including the Barbara Boissard Junior Concerto prize, Marjorie Humby Memorial prize and the prestigious Peter Morrison Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the RCMJD Symphony Orchestra in March 2022. She has also had many successes at music festivals over the years, winning numerous concerto and recital prizes, and has performed at prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican.  A passionate chamber musician, she is the cellist of the Astatine Trio, which won the coveted first prize at the Senior Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in 2022 and were selected to perform in the RCM String Faculty Showcase Concert at Wigmore Hall in May 2022.  Recently the trio were chosen as one of just four groups participating in Chamber Studio’s inaugural Hans Keller Forum which provides support and mentoring to young chamber groups. Riya plays on a George Panormo cello - on loan from the Benslow Music Instrument Loan Scheme since 2020 - and is also grateful for the support of the Westdene Fund and the Pebble Trust.

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Galina Baxter

Galina is 15 and has been playing the clarinet since she was 7 and the piano since she was 4, she achieved her ABRSM Grade 8 clarinet with distinction at the age of 14. Galina was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra between the ages of 9 and 13 and is currently a member of the National Youth Concert Band playing Eb clarinet, bass clarinet and Bb clarinet. She has also completed her first season as a musician with the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) playing principal clarinet for “Chess” at the Leicester Curve Theatre and clarinet, bass clarinet and alto sax for “NYMT in Concert” at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Locally, Galina has performed in the Hastings Music Festival for 10 years and was awarded the woodwind gold medal at the age of 13, she has also won the junior concerto competition on 2 occasions. Galina has enjoyed many years of performing with the Hastings Sinfonia and the Royal British Legion Concert Band (Bexhill & Little Common) and most recently performed the Rimsky Korsakov clarinet concerto, accompanied by the band, as part of the Bexhill Festival of Music. Galina studies clarinet with Alun Francis and is a music scholar at Roedean School in Brighton, she is delighted to be performing the music of Polo Piatti at the Opus Theatre.”

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Sound Of Rock-A-Nore

Hastings based 'Sound Of Rock-A-Nore' is probably the most famous sea shanty singers group in the region. Its members Toby Barelli, Tom Kelly, Andi Rivett and Bob Tipler performed Polo Piatti's orchestrations together with the International Festival Orchestra to great success.

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