San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Cambridge Graduate Orchestra
Christopher Phelps, conductor
Anny Chen, violin
Jâms Coleman, piano
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Warm up to the start of Easter term with the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra as we travel from wintry Russia to sunny Spain a series of great classical masterpieces, featuring two highly talented young instrumentalists who have dazzled audiences and judges across the United Kingdom and abroad—violinist Anny Chen and pianist Jâms Coleman. We begin with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, whose melancholy undercurrents give way to the stately Emperor Piano Concerto of Beethoven, followed by the release of exuberant energy in Lalo's Symphonie espagnole. Join us for a delectable evening of fine music!
Born in Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman studies on the solo piano course at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Christopher Elton and Michael Dussek where his studies are generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales and The Elizabeth Evans Trust. Jâms has performed Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto in the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, with the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Cambridge University Concert Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with an orchestra led by Margaret Faultless.
Jâms also has a passion for piano accompaniment. In his first two terms at the Academy Jâms won the Rex Stephens Prize for his accompaniment of Schumann Lieder and the Academy’s most prestigious accompaniment prize, the Brenda Webb Award. Recent notable engagements include a recital to commemorate the First World War with James Gilchrist on Armistice Day, Winterreise and Schwanengesang with Nicholas Mulroy in Cambridge, and songs by Gurney with Andrew Kennedy for the BBC World Service.
Jâms has worked as a repetiteur for Opra Cymru on productions of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. In summer 2014 he conducted fifteen performances of Eugene Onegin across Wales. Jâms recently performed extracts from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with Sir John Tomlinson.
He graduated in June from Girton College, Cambridge, where he read Music and was a choral scholar.
As a soloist, Anny has given performances in series at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, St Martin in the Fields and the Leeds International Concert Series. She made her concerto debut in 2006 at the Acadèmia Internacional de Música de Solsona where she played the Bach A minor Concerto with the AIMS Chamber Orchestra, lead by Leon Spierer (former first concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic). She then performed with them again the following year, playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto in D minor. In 2007 and 2008 Anny was invited to perform the Bruch and Mendelssohn violin concertos, respectively, with the Regent Orchestra in Alyesbury and in 2013 she performed ‘La Folia’ by Corelli with the New Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, Anny was selected to lead the Purcell Symphony Orchestra in its 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert at the Royal Festival Hall and her solos in Holst’s The Planets received special praise in a review by The Guardian. Anny is also a keen chamber musician and has performed movements from the Brahms G minor Piano Quartet and Schubert’s Trout Quintet at the Wigmore Hall in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Earlier this year, Anny was invited to perform the Lark Ascending with the St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra, Oxford, and future performances include recitals in London and Oxford.
She is now the holder of a full ABRSM scholarship at the Royal College of Music and plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume kindly on loan from the RCM.
Cambridge Graduate Orchestra
The orchestra was founded in 2004 by Alex Reid in order to bring together graduate musicians dispersed across the university and town and provide a sociable environment in which to rehearse and meet other like-minded musicians. The first concert was conducted by Peter Tregear in March 2005.
Tickets also available on the door subject to availability. Online ticket bookings end one hour before the concert.