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Swindon Recital Series

  • Journeys with saxophone (and piano)
  • Wyvern Theatre, Swindon Wednesday November 1st, 1.05pm

Having appeared at the Wigmore Hall and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Hayley Lambert presents a concert (accompanied by Paul Turner) that journeys across more than 200 years and an eclectic mix of musical influences.

The programme features Schulhoff's 'Hot Sonate', premiered in 1930. Schulhoff, a Czech composer and pianist, was born in 1894. He was one of the first generation of classical composers to find inspiration in the rhythms of jazz music and this composition uses jazz, blues and tango influences. Schulhoff's life was as dramatic as his music. He served on the Russian front during WWW1, loved dancing in nightclubs and died in 1942 of tuberculosis in a German concentration camp.

1930 was also the year that Australian pianist and composer John Carmichael was born. Now a long-time resident in Britain Carmichael was a pioneer in the world of music therapy. His composition 'Aria and Finale' uses the saxophone as a lyrical instrument, engaging in expressive duets with the piano.

English folk song was very important to Ralph Vaughan Williams, indeed in 1932 he was elected President of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Each of his 'Six Studies in English Folk Song' is an elaboration on the original and the first, 'Lovely on the Water', he collected personally when he heard it in Norfolk in 1908.

The name of Bach needs no introduction. Two hundred years earlier he was writing a series of concertos for harpsichord that have been arranged for modern instruments. Whether the Sonata in G minor was written by J S Bach or C P E Bach it is an elegant piece of late-Baroque chamber music.

This is an enticing and eclectic programme that should suit all tastes.

Hayley Lambert and Paul Turner will perform at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Wednesday November 1st, 1.05-2pm. Tickets £6, students £2.50, accompanied children 14 and under free.

Hayley Lambert studied at Colchester Institute with Angela Fussell and at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch. Since graduating in 2004 Hayley has become a busy freelance saxophonist performing with orchestras across the UK including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Hayley has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and live on Radio 3's 'In Tune' with the award-winning saxophone quartet Zephirus.

Paul Turner is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen's Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize. An experienced recitalist he has appeared at London's leading venues and major UK festivals. He has given concerts in Europe and South America and worked with eminent singers and instrumentalists.

"For his part, Turner offered…intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise" (Richard Whitehouse - St. Johns Smith Square)
  • The 'Complete' Heroine
  • Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner at the Arts Centre, Swindon - Saturday December 9th, 7.30pm

Between appearing in London with the Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge, singing Mozart's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah in Derby, British mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin will be teaming up with Paul Turner to present a programme intriguingly entitled the 'complete' Heroine. With dramatic entrances and quirky humour the Arts Centre will become the stage for their compelling stories to be told. We are promised, amongst others, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Mignon and the Blessed Virgin.

The Heroines are women who have faced difficult situations in life - fleeing from infanticide; control in a patriarchal society; abduction and slavery; Royal politics and beheading to name but a few - and have stories to tell that still resonate today.

The composers range from the Baroque era, represented by Purcell, to the modern day, represented by composer and pianist Stephen Dickinson whose composition, Shakespeare Quartet, that includes a piece about Ophelia, was written especially for Clare last year.

There will also be some musical theatre with songs from Carousel and The Sound of Music.

Clare, a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, began her professional life in advertising and arts administration before becoming a professional singer. Since then she has developed a successful career in concerts and operas, including a modern repertoire. She made her solo operatic debut at the 2012 BBC Proms in Debussy's Martyrdom of St Sebastian with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which also opened the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival.

Anyone who attended Clare's performance of Haydn's London Ladies two seasons ago will know what a treat we have in store.

"From the first moment, Clare McCaldin lived within, and drew us into, the atmosphere, the emotion and the meaning of each song. Gesture and expression of a natural actor were integral to the interpretation." (Hexham Abbey Festival)

Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner will perform at the Arts Centre in Swindon on Saturday December 9th at 7.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, students £2.50, accompanied children 14 and under free.

Clare McCaldin is a lyric mezzo-soprano whose presence in performance marks her out as a communicator of outstanding quality on the dramatic stage and concert platform. She is a powerful creative influence, as an interpreter of existing repertoire or commissioning and premiering new music.

She enjoys a busy concert schedule, working with pianists such as Libby Burgess, Iain Burnside, Andrew West and Paul Turner. Committed to chamber music collaboration of all kinds, Clare's work in this area ranges from commissions with the Brodsky Quartet and Walton's Facade, to baroque works with La Réjouissance and the Le Page Ensemble.

Clare is particularly committed to the promotion and performance of contemporary vocal music and through her company McCaldin Arts continues to commission and develop new work. With her co-collaborator in McCaldin Arts, the pianist Libby Burgess, she has premiered works by Stephen McNeff and devised new presentations of existing repertoire such as Haydn's London Ladies.

About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 23 years ago by Paul Turner. The Recital Series is committed to providing world-class chamber music in the Swindon area by presenting regular concerts of chamber music given by professional musicians. The Series takes place between September and April each year at various venues in and around Swindon, including the Wyvern Theatre and the Arts Centre.

For more information contact either Artistic Director Paul Turner at turner.paul@virgin.net, recitals@hotmail.co.uk or on 01793 531316 or 07989 397372 or SRS Secretary Julia Singleton at juliaesingleton@gmail.com or on 01793 644660 or 07718185518

Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org
Future events:

  • Hayley Lambert and Paul Turner will perform at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Wednesday November 1st, 1.05-2pm.
  • Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner will perform at the Arts Centre in Swindon on Saturday December 9th at 7.30pm.