Toward the Sea with the Woodlark Duo
Saturday, 12 March 2016 from 19:30 to 21:15 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Toward the Sea
Laura Snowden - guitar
Julie Groves - flute
“...so rich in ideas and with such an exceptional range of touch and sonority” Classical Guitar Magazine
Entracte - Jacques Ibert
Syrinx for solo flute - Claude Debussy
L'histoire du tango (History of Tango) - Astor Piazzolla
Sonata No 1 iin G minor for solo violin BWV 1001 - Johann Sebastian Bach
6 Romanian Folk Dances Sz 56 - Bela Bartók
Towards the Sea - Toru Takemitsu
Four Mountain Songs - Robert Beaser
The award-winning musicians of the Woodlark Duo, Laura Snowden (guitar) and Julie Groves (flute), met while both competing in their respective disciplines and winning first prizes in an international competition. A number of years later they are still working together as great friends and are excited to be performing for this series at Steiner House.
This particular concert draws together works which encompass a range of folk influences, songs and dances including Beaser's evocative Mountain Songs, alongside Takemitsu's exquisitely rendered Toward the Sea. The zest of Piazzolla's tangos are complimented by the earthy energy of Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, these themselves sitting alongside the elegance of the impressionist Debussy and the enduring beauty of Bach.
Julie is a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician with her quintet the London Myriad Ensemble, also international competition first prize winners, with whom she has performed at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre and on BBC Radio 3. Julie has performed at a number of venues including St James' Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields, Latitude Festival, Blackheath Halls and Fairfield Halls. She also completed her Masters in Sound Art with distinction in 2012 and is currently a creative practice researcher in sound art at PhD level. She has ongoing creative projects with sound artists, actors, dancers, composers and Between Soundings her sound/poetry duo.
Laura won first prize at the 1st International Ligita Guitar Duo Competition and has performed at the Wigmore, Cadogan and Bolivar Halls. She was a scholarship student at the Yehudi Menuhin School and attended RCM. Alongside her classical playing, Laura plays with and writes for folk group Tir Eolas who have recently played at Bestival, Ronnie Scott’s and The Elgar Rooms. As a composer her work has been premiered at Sadler’s Wells, Deal Festival and Handel House. Future projects include a Young Artists Residency at St John’s Smith Square and a recital for the Julian Bream Trust at the Wigmore Hall in November 2015.
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