St Laurence's Church

Sat Jul 25 | 7.30pm

 Karolos are a dynamic, virtuoso, chamber collective of first-rate players  Gramophone Magazine
The programme:
Dodgson – Septet Variations
Ravel – Introduction & Allegro
Mozart – Clarinet Quintet

Karolos brings together internationally-acclaimed soloists in a unique chamber music group. The ensemble is committed to seeking out new repertoire, as well as performing works from the canon. The group has embarked upon a series of performances and recordings of the superb chamber music of Stephen Dodgson which have received rave reviews including 5 stars and Editor’s Choice in Classical Source.

We are very pleased to welcome back three members of the group who have appeared in previous Church Stretton Arts Festivals: Harriet Mackenzie (Kosmos, Classico Latino), Graham Walker (Classico Latino and with Martinů String Quartet) and Juliette Bausor (Heatwave Trio).

Harriet Mackenzie – violin
 Searing Intensity ... A performance full of panache ... captivating  The Strad

Harriet Mackenzie is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and has performed across five continents. Recordings include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the English Symphony Orchestra and these have received international acclaim, including Five Star review in The Times (Richard Morrison), Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine (Richard Whitehouse) and a nomination for ‘Recording of The Year’ in Music Web International.

Eulalie Charland – violin

Violinist Eulalie Charland has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in various important concert venues and festivals such as Radio France in Paris, the Purcell Room and Conway Hall in London and at the Cheltenham Festival to mention but a few. Her playing has been described as “elegant…strong and possessing uncomplicated projection” (The Strad, April 2008).

As a chamber musician she is equally at home with the classical as well as the contemporary post-20th century language of composers such as Timothy Salter, Judith Weir, Philip Cashian, Hugh Wood, Thea Musgrave, Graham Fitkin and Karl Fiorini. She has commissioned various works for solo violin, violin and piano as well as trios from contemporary composers and is passionate about collaborating and exploring the diverse and individual soundscapes of the artists she works with. These collaborative projects have culminated in a multitude of performances as diverse as Film Festivals to dance and music collaborations.

Eulalie is a founder of the cooperative ensemble Synchrony (formerly Harmonia Consort) which champions the works of women past and present, and performs standard and contemporary chamber music.

She is currently violin professor and head of chamber music at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and also teaches at Christ’s Hospital School.

Sarah-Jane Bradley – viola
 Sarah-Jane Bradley: ardent, affecting soloist  The Daily Telegraph

Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1997, Sarah-Jane has established a distinguished international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician.

She is a pioneer of new works and has premièred and recorded a number of new concertos for solo viola, including those by David Matthews, Paul Patterson and Matthew Taylor. Sarah-Jane has worked as a soloist with the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia. Her acclaimed solo recordings include seven CDs of British viola concertos for Dutton Epoch, and two recital discs for Naxos.

As a former founder member of the Leopold String Trio, Sorrel Quartet and London Soloists Ensemble, she has recorded extensively for Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. Sarah-Jane is in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician; she regularly plays in recital with pianists John Lenehan and Martin Roscoe. Her work as a chamber musician has taken her around the world to festivals such as Marlboro and Kuhmo. Sarah-Jane is a founder member of Karolos and the Rossetti Ensemble and regularly works with a number of other chamber groups such as I Musicanti.

Following studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Mozarteum Salzburg, Sarah-Jane won many awards. A prizewinner at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, she is now on the executive committee of the Competition and was on the jury in 2013. Sarah-Jane teaches viola at the Royal College of Music and The Purcell School, and is Professor of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Graham Walker – cello

The award-winning cellist and conductor Graham Walker was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. As a cellist he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the world’s most prestigious halls. He is much in demand as a choral director, and is Precentor and Director of Music at Magdalene College, Director of St John’s Voices at St John’s College, and Musical Director of the New Cambridge Singers. As a result of his work with Classico Latino, the innovative Latin/Classical ensemble, in 2011 he was awarded a plaque on Colombian national TV in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to Colombian Andean music”

Juliette Bausor – flute

Juliette Bausor is the principal flute player in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, having previously held the position with both Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players. A highly sought after chamber musician, Juliette is a member of critically acclaimed Ensemble 360 and has collaborated with many other leading chamber musicians, including Lars Vogt, Alasdair Beatson and Llyr Williams (piano), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Kate Royal (soprano), Jana Boušková, Anneleen Lenaerts and Catrin Finch (harp), and the Elias, Carducci and Edinburgh String Quartets amongst others, whilst performing at major international festivals, including performances at the Heimbach, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Aldeburgh International Festivals and the BBC Proms. Following early recognition in competitions, including reaching the televised Concerto Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and winning the Gold Medal in both the Shell LSO Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Juliette has performed as a concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Academy of St Martins in the Fields, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players amongst others. In 2014 Juliette was selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation as an ECHO ‘Rising Star’. She has since appeared as a solo recitalist in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues, including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Brussels BOZAR, Birmingham Town Hall, Budapest Palace of Arts, Vienna Musikverein, Stockholm Konserthus, L’Auditori Barcelona, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Luxembourg and London Barbican Centre.

Anna Hashimoto – clarinet

Anna Hashimoto made her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen playing Weber with the English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Centre, and has since been invited many times as a soloist with the orchestra, including in Norfolk in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. She was the winner of the International Clarinet Competitions in Kortrijk (Belgium) in 2010, in Carlino (Italy) in 2009, and the Young Clarinettists Competition in Tokyo in 2003.

Anna has performed in major venues in the UK, Europe, USA, Mexico and Japan, including South Bank Centre, and Wigmore Hall in London, Dvorak Hall in Prague and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. She has played concertos with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Filharmonie Hradec Kralove, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Chamber Orchestra of the NHK Symphony. She has been broadcast on NHK TV and FM, FM Tokyo, ABC Radio and BBC Radio 3, including BBC Radio3’s ‘In Tune’, NHK-FM’s ‘Best of Classic’ and NHK TV’s ‘Classic Club’ (joint recital with Michael Collins).

Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with the world–renowned soloist Michael Collins where she was awarded a full Associated Board Scholarship and numerous prizes including the Leverhulme Scholarship, Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, and Regency Award on graduation. She was awarded a Meaker Fellowship in 2011, and became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014.

As a soloist Anna has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Watkins, Myung-Whun Chung, and Martin Brabbins. She has performed chamber music collaborations with artists such as Michael Collins, Leon McCawley and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and string quartets such as Endellion, Alberny, Ciurlonis, Kodaly and Prazak Quartets. As a keen orchestral player she has been guest principal with the UK’s leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, RLPO, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and Philharmonia, and she is a clarinet tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Tanya Houghton – harp

Originally from Birmingham, Tanya studied in Cambridge, London and Paris before embarking on a freelance career, based in the UK and Ireland. Her harp work spans symphony orchestras to chamber groups, solo recitals and accompanying soloists and choirs. She regularly appears with the Ulster Orchestra and has also recently appeared with the CBSO, both RTE orchestras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Featured on many recordings and broadcasts, Tanya played live on Radio 3 last year, performing in Tollymore Forest, both as a soloist and in one of her folk song arrangements accompanying Sinead O’Kelly. She has accompanied choirs for John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, David Hill and Graham Ross amongst others, and features on the chart-topping A rose in the middle of winter in music by Bob Chilcott. She accompanied the BBC Singers in a live broadcast of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols as well as a new work written for the occasion, and last year accompanied their broadcast of Chichester Psalms as part of the Total Immersion series.

She played for Britten’s 100th birthday concert in Wigmore Hall, accompanying tenor Nicholas Mulroy, and has accompanied Sir James Galway for Songs of Praise. Tanya also sings and conducts, and is musical director of the Belfast-based vocal ensemble Melisma. In 2015 Tanya was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for her contribution to the profession.

Karolos has a Website

[Picture credits: Robert Piwko (Sarah-Jane’s pic)]