O Duo

Church Stretton School

Sat Aug 11 | 7.30pm |

O Duo

 Phenomenal artistry... Brimming with style and panache  The Daily Telegraph

O Duo has performed across the world. Highlights include appearing twice at the BBC Proms, at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park and most recently to give the premiere of Wilful Chants by Stephen Montague with the BBC Symphony Chorus, recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham and City of London Festivals. O Duo gave the premiere of Stephen McNeff’s Concert O-Duo at the Barbican as part of BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 80th birthday concert, and has performed an eclectic repertoire including Bartók’s Sonata with Artur Pizzarro and Vita Panomariovaite, and music by Moondog (the iconic American composer) at the Barbican.

Oliver and Owen were both scholars at the Royal College of Music and they formed O Duo in 2000. Graduating with First Class Honours in 2003 they immediately took up the first Junior Fellowship to be given to a percussion duo at the RCM. Twice winning Best Music Act of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival, O Duo joined the Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2005-2007.

O Duo released their first CD on the Sony BMG label in 2007 to critical acclaim, including being featured as CD of the week in The Daily Telegraph. Making a great impact on the UK music scene, O Duo have broadcast with BBC Radio 2 and 3, Classic FM, and recorded with the BBC Symphony Chorus. Furthermore, as outstanding communicators, O Duo have worked at Abbey Road and Sony studios on television and film scores and broadcast on Channel 4 and BBC Television.

Oliver and Owen take a keen interest in education work. They have given workshops and concerts in schools and special needs centres throughout the UK, and led creative education projects involving composition and performance with the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra and Sinfonia ViVA. They have given children’s concerts throughout Scotland including at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and Queen’s Hall Edinburgh with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and special guests.

O Duo’s latest CD, ‘Searching’, has recently been released on Champs Hill Records.

O Duo is: Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell

O Duo has a Website

The Programme:

O Duo – Bongo Fury
Granados – Spanish Dance No. 5
Soler – Sonata No. 90
Mendelssohn – Fugue in F minor
P. Desmond – Take 5
Monti – Czardas
O Duo – Searching
S. Reich – Clapping Music
Shostakovich – Prelude No. 6
Soler – Sonata No. 84
P. Glass – Mad rush
M. Miki – Marimba Spiritual

More info on the pieces is available in a PDF Here.

Some great footage of the lads at other concerts can be seen below:

[Picture credits: John Ferro Sims (pics 1 & 3)]