22 March 2014
VdGS Meeting and AGM
The Creative Viol: Telemann and the Modern World
10.30 Arrival and Coffee 11.00 'Telemann, the progressive, and the viol'
Dr Lucy Robinson
Germany's leading composer in the early and mid 18th century, Georg Philipp Telemann, wrote over 50 works which include the viol in a remarkable variety of ensembles. During this session Lucy Robinson, with Claire Bracher (viol), will investigate Telemann's creative use of the viol in the avant-garde styles of his day alongside his bold publishing schemes to get his music circulated.
12.30 AGM See Agenda. please feel free to eat lunch during the meeting.
13.30 'No Limitations' Dr Andrew Wilson-Dickson
Andrew Wilson-Dickson takes Le Blanc's description (1740) of the viol seriously and proposes an exploration of the viol as an expression of creativity in the modern world. Lucy and Andrew will perform Andrew's Sonata 3 to open the session. With the assistance of those who come to the meeting Andrew will supervise the joint creation of a new work that a specially provided consort will perform at the end of the session.
15.30 Concert by Claire Bracher (viol), Jadran Duncomb (theorbo)
The recital will include compositions by Telemann from Claire's new solo CD (2013), along with pieces by Simpson, Abel, J.S. Bach and Corelli from Claire and Jadran's new duo CD (due for release in March 2014)
16.30 Meeting ends
Claire Bracher studied with Prof. Hille Perl at the Bremen hfk and performed numerous concerts and radio broadcasts across Europe. Claire returned to the UK with a strong desire to share all that she learnt and founded the RCM's International Festival of Viols in 2007. Claire has performed for and with many eminent early musicians and ensembles including performances for HRH Prince of Wales at St. James' Palace (2005) and again with Duo Labyrinthe (2011), with the King's Singers (2009), and a J.S Bach concert at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall under the direction and baton of Ton Koopman (2005). She has recorded with Weser Renaissance for Radio Bremen and the label CPO, with the label Lunaris for her viol consort ORLANDOviols' recording of divisions on Italian madrigals, and 2013 will see the release of Atalante's CD on Destino Classics, where she took part on treble viol. In December 2012, Claire's debut solo Telemann CD was released, the first recording of Telemann's complete works for solo viola da gamba, and gamba with basso continuo. Claire has performed in numerous Early Music festivals including Innsbruck, Stockholm, Vaanta, Utrecht and in London at QEH and St. Martin in the Fields. Alongside her performing commitments, Claire teaches and performs with her viol consort students at the Royal College of Music (RCM).
A former finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and NRK's Norwegian equivalent 'Virtuos', Jadran has given recitals all over the UK and Europe, and performed concertos with orchestras including the Norwegian State Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Highlights have included a Radio 3 recorded Wigmore Hall recital and a live Norwegian national television concert celebrating the Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt. As a lute and continuo player, Jadran makes up a half of 'Duo Labyrinthe', and violin&lute/theorbo duos with Kinga Ujsaszi in 'Repicco', and Johannes Pramsohler. He is also a member of Ensemble Amaranthos and regular lutenist with the Marian Consort. Other ensembles he has appeared with include the English Baroque Soloists in the BBC Proms, I Fagiolini and in last autumns baroque opera tour of the English Touring Opera. He is currently completing his Masters in Early Music in Trossingen with Rolf Lislevand having previously studied guitar and lute under Gary Ryan and Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music. Plans for 2014 include recitals with all his small-scale ensembles including a summer tour and recording of baroque lute and violin duos by Bach and Weiss with Johannes Pramsohler, a second Duo Labyrinthe CD with Claire Bracher and recitals in Norway, Germany, Italy and Austria.
Dr Lucy Robinson
Lucy Robinson is passionate about performing Baroque music on historically accurate instruments, not only studying the techniques of the time but also exploring the environment in which it was written—even what the musicians read and ate. To this end she studied at York (BA), Cambridge (PhD) and the Brussels Conservatoire, with Wieland Kuijken. Lucy has subsequently performed in venues from the Wigmore Hall to Fez to Sydney Opera House. With her husband, Andrew Wilson-Dickson, she hosts Baroque summer schools in Marnaves, France. Lucy has an international reputation for her research into Baroque music. She has published editions of Bach (Faber) and Couperin (Le Pupitre), and over 20 articles for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (including 'The Viol'); she reviews regularly for Early Music. After 12 years as Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she is relishing finding the space to play, write and publish as well teach the viol.
Dr. Andrew Wilson-Dickson
Although Andrew Wilson-Dickson is primarily a composer, keyboard player and teacher, viol-playing has been in his family since his student days. His passion for the instrument extends to creating two operas with important parts for viols, alongside much chamber music including the instrument (including three solo sonatas). He first came across the instrument at York University where he studied for a D.Phil. in composition. His enthusiasm for the instrument influenced students at Leicester University and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he was Head of Early Music. Music Faculty, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB
Future meetings, planning in progress:
SUNDAY (!) 15th June 201410.30-16.15
Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul's Rd, Bristol, BS81LP
The meeting will also be open to non-members of The VdGS and to members of the South West Early Music Forum for a small entrance fee of £5 to include the afternoon recital and an opportunity to try a viol. Students will be very welcome and no fee. Train: To Bristol Temple Meads Station then 15 minutes on bus number 8. Buses: Number 8 bus runs every 20 minutes on Sundays and journey takes 15 minutes. Ask for Bristol University Student's Union and Bristol Music Club is a short walk. There is a bus 9, but journey is 35minutes. However take number 9 bus for return journey to station. Parking: Hotwells multi-storey car park and 5-10 minute walk and there is parking nearby in Whiteladies Road; also at Clifton Down shopping centre. Lifts may be available from local players.
Theme for the day: French Baroque
10.15-10.45 Arrival and coffee
10-.45-12.15 Charles Medlam: The Solo Bass Viol Suite
12.15-1.00 Jane Julier: It Takes Guts
1.45-3.00 Julie Anne Sadie Goode: The Revival of French Baroque Playing in Our Time
3.30-4.00 Recital Alison Crum and Roy Marks on Bass Viol and Theorbo
4-4.30 Tea and Try a Viol session
Summer 2015: in Nottingham?
Summer 2016: in Chichester?
Our meetings are free to members, but a small charge or donation is requested from non-members.