august, 2020

06aug7:30 pmMax Wong, Francois Cloete and Rebecca Leshures7:30 pm Event Type :Classical Music

Event Details

Bach, Beethoven and Carmen: a recital on violin, harpsichord and piano

Max and François take the audience through three themes of classical music: Bach, Beethoven and Carmen. The first half on Baroque music will use the Guernsey Harpsichord Trust’s double-manual harpsichord and a rare violin by Jakob Stainer made in 1660, J. S. Bach’s own violin maker. The harpsichord’s sound world will be skilfully explored by Guernsey’s own François Cloete. The second half will be a change in the sound world revolving around two celebrated violin works. Beethoven’s charming and joyful Spring Sonata is a listener’s delight, while the Carmen Fantasy, one of the most challenging works in the entire violin repertoire, brilliantly combines some of the best-known melodies in all of classical music. Max’s version of the Carmen Fantasy will incorporate additional passages from film composer Franz Waxman’s version written for Jascha Heifetz.

We are also thrilled to welcome guest artist, Canadian pianist Rebecca Leshures, to join us. She has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and was most recently Répétiteur for the Royal Opera House. She will be performing Ravel’s virtuosic and gorgeous Jeu d’eau.

The programme will include:

Bach: Partita No. 5 for Harpsichord in G, BWV 829
Bach: Sonata for Harpsichord and Violin in B minor, BWV 1014
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K. 304
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major, “The Spring”, Op. 24
Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Bizet arr. Sarasate/Waxman: Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25 (Sarasate)

Max Wong is a Guernsey/London-based violinist. He was the sole worldwide recipient of the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) for violin performance in 2013. He has performed at St James, the National Parliament of France as well as numerous concerto appearances with orchestra accompaniment in the UK, USA and China, which was televised. During May 2020 he raised more than £6,000 in his “Bach for Covid” campaign through livestreaming the complete Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin from Guernsey. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at the Royal College of Music.

Francois Cloete is currently Junior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, where he assists in cathedral and school services. Equally at home on the harpsichord and the organ, Francois has played continuo for high-profile events including the BBC Young Musician 2020 woodwind final. He has also gained recognition as a composer, having received second prize for his entry in the Choir School Association’s 2019 competition. Francois previously attended Elizabeth College and has given recitals in Guernsey and Wells, enjoying the musical opportunities of both places.

Canadian pianist Rebecca Leshures is a performer, accompanist, and pedagogue currently enjoying a summer in Guernsey. She holds an MM in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music, a BM in Piano from Westminster Choir College, and an ARCT Performer’s Certificate from the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music. Rebecca was a finalist in the 2004 Canadian National Music Competition, has been a prizewinner at many competitions in the USA, and performed in Carnegie Hall as a finalist of the 2009 Young Musicians Competition. Rebecca works as a ballet pianist and most recently held a position as Associate Pianist with the Royal Ballet Company.

The audience will be seated at large round tables, seats are allocated on a first come first seated basis.

We are so looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming you all in!

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