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Lancaster International Concert Series

12/17/2003 09:45:31

Northern Chamber Orchestra

Thursday 15th January at 7.30pm

Directed by Nicholas Ward, Jonathan Scott Organ

Mozart Serenata Notturna in D major K.239

Handel Organ Concerto in G minor Op.4 No.1

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major

Albinoni Adagio

Haydn Symphony No.94 in G major, ‘Surprise’

“There is no one who can do it all - to joke and terrify, to evoke laughter and profound sentiment - and all equally well, except Joseph Haydn”, declared Mozart. The two classical masters frame this programme which includes popular concertos by Bach and Handel and that “mystery” Adagio, attributed to Albinoni but probably by Giazotto, and now best-known for its numerous uses as background music for films, adverts and television (not least in Carla Lane’s sitcom Butterflies).

Nicholas Ward was born in Manchester to parents who were both members of the Hallé Orchestra. In 1983 he joined the City of London Sinfonia, playing for many years as co-leader before being appointed leader in 1999. As the music director of the Northern Chamber Orchestra Nicholas has made over 20 recordings for Naxos.

As a soloist he has performed many times in London’s major concert halls, throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.

Jonathan Scott is twenty-three years old and graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2000. He studied joint principal piano and organ with John Wilson and Darius Battiwalla. At the RNCM he gained the Dayas gold medal in piano, was twice winner of the RNCM Premier Prix Organ Competition and won the RNCM Bach Prize, Emmanuel Prize and Prix Scarbo. Jonathan also studied with David Higgs at Eastman School of Music in New York, and Pieter van Dijk at the Grote Sint Laurnsker in Alkmaar, Holland.

Tickets: £15.50, £12.50, £9.50 (£12, £10, £7.50 concs.) Young person £5

Box Office 0800 028 3042

Performances take place in the Great Hall, Lancaster University

Also performing

On Thursday 22nd January at 7.30pm

4-Mality Percussion Quartet

Adrian Spillett, Geir Rafnsson, Stephen Whibley and Jan Bradley

4-Mality is a powerful and inventive percussion quartet of young musicians formed by Adrian Spillett, the first and only percussionist to win the prestigious BBC Young Musicians competition.

4-MALITY deploy an immaculately co-ordinated warehouse of instruments arranged into a purpose-built musical sculpture: over 40 drums, gongs, vibraphone and 7ft marimbas to name but a few.

4-MALITY create a fusion of global music which is both funky and fast, sensuous and sensitive. A visually inspirational show which defies musical categorisation, sweeping from Japan, to Africa, to the Caribbean, with virtuosic skill and infectious energy giving a nod to Steve Reich on the way, all of which they perform with the skill and artistry of dedicated chamber musicians.

4-MALITY have appeared at the BBC Proms, Rhythm Sticks, Newbury, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Edinburgh Fringe, Two Moors, Stratford Festivals, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and the Linbury Studio. Broadcasts include BBC’s ‘Music Live’ week from Snape Maltings Concert Hall, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland.

‘Evelyn Glennie watch your back: this Manchester-based quartet of young percussionists have picked up your baton and are running with it in exhilarating style.’ ****

Metro, August 2001

Tickets: £12.50, £10 (£10, £7.50 concs.) Young person £5

Box Office 0800 028 3042

Performances take place in the Great Hall, Lancaster University