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Vaughan Williams: Album Launch Concert - Leith Hill Place

Vaughan Williams: Album Launch Concert - Leith Hill Place

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Join us for a summer evening of Vaughan Williams's music in the spectacular setting of Leith Hill Place, the composer's childhood home

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In celebration of RVW150, Vaughan Williams’s 150th Anniversary Year, this programme will give listeners a full insight into the composer’s works for Violin and Piano.

Album Launch

Vaughan Williams: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Midori Komachi (violin), Simon Callaghan (piano)

The Lark Ascending

Romance and Pastorale

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor

6 Studies in English Folk Song

Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan, both internationally noted for their performance and research of 20th Century British music, will give a special performance and illustrative talk on the composer's works for this instrumentation.

Discover the inspirations behind Vaughan Williams's music as you experience this programme in the the extraordinary surroundings of Leith Hill Place, where Vaughan Williams spent his childhood.

'Komachi and Callaghan capture the music’s sound world unerringly' -The Strad

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This event is part of Midori Komachi's 'RVW Project', a project aiming to bring Vaughan Williams's music to a wider audience in the UK and Japan through publication, recordings, film and events.

Forthcoming release:

Vaughan Williams: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Release on 1st July (MusiKaleido MKCD002)

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This concert is supported by:

Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust

Archery Promotions

Leith Hill Place (National Trust)

Artists

Midori Komachi - violin https://www.midorikomachi.com

'a particularly imaginative approach…a recital in which this violinist more than holds her own'

-International Record Review

International violinist, writer and composer, Midori has developed a diverse career in bridging cultures through music. Based between London and Tokyo, recent projects have included collaborations with major brands such as British Airways, LUSH, OPPO, All Nippon Airways and Backes & Strauss.

Midori has performed as a soloist extensively throughout Europe and Japan. She made her debut as a soloist at the age of 12 with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Since then, she has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including Tonhalle Zurich, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Philharmony Warsaw, Wigmore Hall, and the Rector's Palace (Croatia). In 2021 Midori was appointed a Musician in Residence at the British Council and PRS Foundation, where she has led a digital residency with the UNESCO historical town of Diamantina, Brazil.

With a particular interest in promoting British music internationally, Midori has appeared frequently on various media, including BBC Radio 3 and NHK TV. Midori has also appeared as a presenter for her own British music series Midori Selects on British Airways in-flight entertainment. In 2017, her first book, a Japanese translation of Eric Fenby's classic recollection ‘Delius as I Knew Him’ (1936) was published in Japan. In 2022, her second book will be published, in which she has co-translated Simon Heffer’s Vaughan Williams to Japanese with Professor Nobuya Takahashi (Keio University).

Midori’s discography has gained critical acclaim in both the UK and Japan. Her first album ‘Colours of the Heart’ (MusiKaleido) received enthusiastic reviews from publications including The Strad and the International Record Review. Currently, Midori is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, where her research is fully funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Queen's University (Canada), and is based at the UK campus, the Bader International Study Centre.

Simon Callaghan, piano www.simoncallaghan.com

“Clearly a musician of curiosity and discernment, Callaghan’s robust piano-playing is also thoughtful, subtle and refined.” Gramophone

A favourite artist at the internationally-renowned Husum Festival of Piano Rarities in Germany, Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan’s recent sell-out recital drew praise from audience and critics, with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung describing his “cleverly curated recital full of discoveries” (VAN Magazine) as “technically brilliant”.

Callaghan’s current repertoire includes over fifty concertos, highlights of the standard solo and chamber works of the 19th and 20th centuries, and much that is rare and unexplored. One cornerstone of Callaghan’s work is his commitment to British music, and he has recently begun a projected series with Lyrita, presenting world premiere recordings of British concertos with Martyn Brabbins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. By the end of 2023 he will have recorded four albums for Hyperion’s celebrated The Romantic Piano Concerto series. Callaghan’s first disc for Hyperion, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, formed part of his successful PhD project at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Callaghan’s recital partners include Raphael Wallfisch, Adrian Brendel, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicholas Daniel, Feng Ning, Samuel West, Prunella Scales and Timothy West. His three-year Poulenc project for Nimbus Records launched in 2019, recording L’histoire du Babar with Harry Potter actor Miriam Margolyes (The Independent, Five Stars). BBC Young Musician of the Year String Finalist Coco Tomita and Callaghan have begun a duo partnership which saw their first record released in 2022 on Orchid Classics.

Callaghan has also recorded for Somm, Resonus and Convivium, and has expanded his role to encompass performing and producing in an exciting association with Nimbus Records and The Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust. His reputation and experience in chamber music led to his accepting the role of Director of Music at London’s celebrated Conway Hall, curating the longest-running series of its kind in Europe.

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