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Madeleine Mitchell plays Grace Williams, Elgar and Nyman

Friday March 22, 2019 at 13:00
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for violin and piano in E minor Op 82 - Sir Edward Elgar
  2. Taking it as read, for violin and piano (for Madeleine Mitchell 2007) - Michael Nyman
  3. Sonata for violin and piano - Grace Williams

Violinist Madeleine Mitchell, described by The Times as ‘one of the UK’s liveliest musical forces’, has a distinguished international career as soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in 50 countries with major orchestras and in recitals, in festivals including the BBC Proms.

She is known for her championship of British music, both early 20th century and contemporary, receiving wide praise for her discography.

Madeleine Mitchell’s exciting new album of the chamber music of Grace Williams (1906-77) from the 1930s was released on International Women's Day, 8th March 2019 by Naxos and was the Guardian CD of the Week. Widely considered to be Wales’s foremost female composer, she studied with Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music and was a close friend of Britten but there are also influences of Bartok and Shostakovitch in her 3 movement violin sonata of 1930.

Michael Nyman, who turns 75 the day after this concert, has written Madeleine several pieces; Taking it at read was recorded on her recent acclaimed album ‘Violin Muse’: ‘a beautiful piece.. It makes a lovely conclusion to an enchanting disc’ MusicWeb International

Elgar Violin Sonata of 1918 is a favourite in the repertoire which Madeleine has performed a great deal, broadcast several times for BBC Radio 3. She is joined by the prize-winning young Russian pianist, Konstantin Lapshin.

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall
University of Leeds School of Music, Cavendish Road
West Yorkshire
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