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Tomos Xerri (harp) & Claire Wickes (flute)

Hattori Foundation Rush Hour Recital

Part of the 1901 Arts Club 2016-2017 Season

Add to my Calendar 16-03-2017 19:00 16-03-2017 21:00 36 Tomos Xerri (harp) & Claire Wickes (flute) Part of the Hattori Foundation Rush-Hour Recital Series.TOMOS XERRI harp(current & 2015/16 senior award winner)with CLAIRE WICKES flute Tomos Xerri was born in Cardiff in 1991 and attended the Junior course of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and was awarded a Major Music Scholarship to Eton College.  He studied with Gabriella Dall'Olio and Frances Kelly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he graduated with First Class Honours in 2014, and completed his Master of Music course with distinction in 2015, winning the John Marson prize for an outstanding harpist. He is in high demand as a harpist, with solo performances in the past two years at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square and the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo, and has also given solo performances for members of the Royal Family including HM the Queen.  Tomos has won prizes at many international competitions such as First Medal at the UFAM International Harp Competition in Paris, and has been grateful to be the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Hattori Foundation Senior Award in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Music Scholarship Award.  In 2016 Tomos has been shortlisted as a Park Lane Group Young Artist and was a finalist at the renowned Camac Harp Competition.  He is an experienced chamber musician and has performed Ravel's Introduction & Allegro live on prime-time BBC News at the opening night of the Cutty Sark concert space in Greenwich, and recently has begun giving recitals with Claire Wickes, principal flautist of the English National Opera. Tomos is passionate about bringing contemporary music to wider audiences, and has performed British, European and world premieres, has featured on national Spanish television contemporary works in an immersive and multi art form concert, and was given a ‘special mention’ at the London Ear Festival Featured Young Performer auditions 2016.  Recently he performed 11 world premieres as part of the Riot Ensemble.  His current project is a collaboration with musical saw and electronics. Tomos considers outreach work highly important and has been performing in hospices, care homes, hospital wards and schools for many years now with organisations such as Live Music Now and the Concordia Foundation.  He has a busy private teaching practice, with many students gaining high marks in their ABRSM examinations, and is also harp teacher for the Hertfordshire Music Service. Claire Wickes has performed as guest principal flute with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, and sub-principal of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is currently on trial as Principal flautist of the English National Opera and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.  Claire also performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, including recent engagements at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, and in Kyoto, Japan. Claire currently enjoys a diverse performing career incorporating recording, radio broadcasts, teaching, orchestral and solo playing.  Recent recordings include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Schumann Symphony cycle, the BBC series ‘Human Universe’ with the English Session Orchestra, and the forthcoming Pink Floyd album ‘The Endless River’.  Claire is also passionate about contemporary music, and regularly collaborates with composers writing for piccolo, alto and bass flute, as well as works for flute and electronics.  She won the prize for best interpretation of a contemporary work at the 2014 Aeolus International Wind Competition following her performance of Edwin Roxburgh’s Stardrift, and performed works by Peter Maxwell Davies at the BBC Proms as part of a London Sinfonietta project.  Claire plays with the Multi-Story orchestra, an ensemble which brings classical music out of the concert hall making it more accessible to new audiences, which has been described as ‘the most exciting development in classical music for decades, if not centuries’ (The Times). Claire is the current Richard Carne Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and offers special thanks to the Richard Carne Trust for their support. 1901 Arts Club, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

1901 Arts Club
7 Exton Street
Waterloo

London
SE1 8UE
England


Programme

Astor PiazzollaHistoire du Tango: Bordel 1900
William AlwynNaiades, fantasy-sonata for flute and harp
Liam MattisonNew Commission
Toru TakemitsuTowards the Sea
Claude DebussyNuit d’étoiles
Claude DebussyTrois Chansons de Bilitis: La Chevelure
Lowell LiebermannSonata for Flute & Harp

Performers

Tomos Xerri – harp
Claire Wickes – flute

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Programme Note

Part of the Hattori Foundation Rush-Hour Recital Series.

TOMOS XERRI harp
(current & 2015/16 senior award winner)
with CLAIRE WICKES flute


Tomos Xerri was born in Cardiff in 1991 and attended the Junior course of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and was awarded a Major Music Scholarship to Eton College.  He studied with Gabriella Dall'Olio and Frances Kelly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he graduated with First Class Honours in 2014, and completed his Master of Music course with distinction in 2015, winning the John Marson prize for an outstanding harpist.
 
He is in high demand as a harpist, with solo performances in the past two years at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square and the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo, and has also given solo performances for members of the Royal Family including HM the Queen.  Tomos has won prizes at many international competitions such as First Medal at the UFAM International Harp Competition in Paris, and has been grateful to be the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Hattori Foundation Senior Award in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Music Scholarship Award.  In 2016 Tomos has been shortlisted as a Park Lane Group Young Artist and was a finalist at the renowned Camac Harp Competition.  He is an experienced chamber musician and has performed Ravel's Introduction & Allegro live on prime-time BBC News at the opening night of the Cutty Sark concert space in Greenwich, and recently has begun giving recitals with Claire Wickes, principal flautist of the English National Opera.
 
Tomos is passionate about bringing contemporary music to wider audiences, and has performed British, European and world premieres, has featured on national Spanish television contemporary works in an immersive and multi art form concert, and was given a ‘special mention’ at the London Ear Festival Featured Young Performer auditions 2016.  Recently he performed 11 world premieres as part of the Riot Ensemble.  His current project is a collaboration with musical saw and electronics.
 
Tomos considers outreach work highly important and has been performing in hospices, care homes, hospital wards and schools for many years now with organisations such as Live Music Now and the Concordia Foundation.  He has a busy private teaching practice, with many students gaining high marks in their ABRSM examinations, and is also harp teacher for the Hertfordshire Music Service.

Claire Wickes has performed as guest principal flute with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, and sub-principal of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is currently on trial as Principal flautist of the English National Opera and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.  Claire also performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, including recent engagements at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, and in Kyoto, Japan.
 
Claire currently enjoys a diverse performing career incorporating recording, radio broadcasts, teaching, orchestral and solo playing.  Recent recordings include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Schumann Symphony cycle, the BBC series ‘Human Universe’ with the English Session Orchestra, and the forthcoming Pink Floyd album ‘The Endless River’.  Claire is also passionate about contemporary music, and regularly collaborates with composers writing for piccolo, alto and bass flute, as well as works for flute and electronics.  She won the prize for best interpretation of a contemporary work at the 2014 Aeolus International Wind Competition following her performance of Edwin Roxburgh’s Stardrift, and performed works by Peter Maxwell Davies at the BBC Proms as part of a London Sinfonietta project.  Claire plays with the Multi-Story orchestra, an ensemble which brings classical music out of the concert hall making it more accessible to new audiences, which has been described as ‘the most exciting development in classical music for decades, if not centuries’ (The Times).
 
Claire is the current Richard Carne Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and offers special thanks to the Richard Carne Trust for their support.

Tomos Xerri 16 March

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