Coffee Concert – Music for Viola and Piano

Rosa Bonnin and Richard Walker

The programme:
Rebecca Clarke – Untitled piece
Tchaikovsky – Valse Sentimentale
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
Brahms – Andante un poco Adagio from Sonata in F Minor, Op 120 No 1
Rebecca Clarke – Morpheus

Rosa Bonnin is a young musician studying at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, a unique school which offers specialist music training alongside normal school life. Having previously been a chorister at Wells Cathedral, she was musically enriched by many opportunities as part of the choir from an early age. A highlight of this time in 2015 was the experience of singing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at The BBC Proms conducted by Simon Rattle. In 2016 she won a prestigious government award to study viola as her specialist instrument and now studies with Alex Thordike from the Welsh Conservatoire who has encouraged her to further develop her sound and really enjoy performing to audiences. Former teachers include the renowned violinist Karin Leishman and Mathew Souter, former professor of viola at The Royal Academy of Music. Last year Rosa’s string quartet had a successful tour to Jersey playing Haydn and Shostakovich and she is often in demand within school to play in various orchestras and in student compositions which she thoroughly enjoys.

Richard Walker moved to Shropshire in 2005, having been Director of Music at Harrow School for the previous 20 years. He has been involved with the Arts Festival since 2005, is Assistant Director of Music at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, conductor of the Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury and plays double bass in the Shrewsbury and Ludlow Orchestras. Richard studied music at Cambridge University, and his teaching career began in Edinburgh, followed by five years at the Leys School, Cambridge before his final destination at Harrow School.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection at the end of the concert.
Berry’s Coffee House will provide tea, coffee and home-made biscuits after the concert, with proceeds going to Mayfair.
The full programme is available as a PDF here