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Masterful Recital from Philip Fowke

Masterful Recital from Philip Fowke

OnPhilip Fowke in the Lehane-Wishart Studio Friday 13 September, pianist Philip Fowke gave a 45 minute recital in the Lehane-Wishart Studio at Jackdaws in Great Elm, which held the audience entranced.

After taking to the Steinway, Philip joked that he had not had a chance to warm up, and would the audience mind if he did so now? Unsure of what to expect – perhaps scales, arpeggios, maybe some Hanon exercises? – there was a pleasant sigh of recognition as Philip began and the audience were treated to an off-programme performance of Grieg’s Melodie, from the op. 47 Lyric Pieces. The studio was instantly filled with the light, repeated-chords and melancholy melody floating above. A delightful introduction to a programme of larger works.

Jackdaws Tutor Philip FowkeThe programme as advertised opened with the third and central movement of Robert Schumann’s Piano Sonata no. 3, a set of variations on a theme by his wife Clara. The day had special significance, being the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth, and at a performance to celebrate the opening of a studio whose existence owed great debt to another musical husband and wife pair – mezzo-soprano Maureen Lehane and composer Peter Wishart.

What followed the was another highly-virtuosic compositon, Busoni’s Kammer-Fantasie on Bizet’s Carmen, delivered with effortless panache and style, glittering as the sun shone on the rose garden in the background behind the piano.

Philip Fowke’s impressive programme was brought to a rousing conclusion with the final work, Chopin’s Heroic Polonaise in A flat major. The audience made quite sure Philip was aware of their gratitude with rapturous applause for his masterful programme.


Lehane-Wishart Studio at JackdawsJoin us for our next Open Fridays lunchtime concert at 12:15pm on Friday 20 September, when Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg will be joined by Baritone Owain Browne for a recital of favourite songs and arias accompanied by long-standing Jackdaws accompanist Colin Hunt.

Open Fridays

Open Fridays

Lehane-Wishart Studio at JackdawsPlease join us on a Friday in September to see our new development. We will be offering a range of activities and the Jackdaws ‘pop-up’ cafe will be open for coffee, lunch and teas (and of course the famous Jackdaws cake) from 11am to 4pm on Fridays 13, 20 and 27 September.


Concerts

Saffron van Zwanenberg and Owain BrowneFriday 20 September, 12:15pm
Lunchtime concert

Saffron van Zwanenberg Soprano
Owain Browne Baritone
Accompanied by Colin Hunt

The second of our Open Friday concerts features a selection of songs and arias from our Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg and Jackdaws OperaPLUS alumnus Owain Browne, with much-loved Jackdaws accompanist and supporter Colin Hunt at the piano.

Saffron van Zwanenberg has been Artistic Director at Jackdaws since 2009. She trained at the Royal College of Music, graduating from the Opera Course with Distinction. She maintains a successful directing career alongside her post at Jackdaws.

A graduate of the Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Owain has since studied at the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent. Recent performances include Luzifer in ausLICHT for Dutch National Opera at the Holland Festival, and Sulpice in Jackdaws OperaPLUS performance of The Team Mascot (aka. Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment).

Tickets: £10
or £20 to include Lunch


20JackdawsJackdaws Piano Club

Fridays 10am to 12 noon

First session 13 September
Further sessions 20 September and 27 September – thereafter to be announced

A chance to meet informally with like-minded pianists to play and share the pieces you are currently practising, and to play together.

Fee: £5 per session


Jackdaws Cafe

Open from 11am to 4pm on Fridays 13, 20 and 27 September serving tea, coffee, and the famous Jackdaws cake.

Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm.

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