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Tuesdays till Two - 27th Aug Leon King and Emily Smith

Our summer season of concerts ends with a duo concert by viola player Leon King, returning after a very successful solo concert with us last summer, and pianist Emily Smith, who also appeared last summer, when she played the cello with The Stringlers. They will be playing three sonatas, all by composers whose lives were drastically affected by the rise of the Nazis: two had to flee to America to escape them, and one, László Weiner, was murdered by them in 1944.



Paul Hindemith, Sonata Op 25 no. 4 (1922)
László Weiner, Viola Sonata (1942)
Darius Milhaud, Viola Sonata no. 2 (1944)

About Leon King:

Leon King studied viola with Rudolph Botta in Manchester and Roger Best of the Alberni Quartet in London before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he continued his studies with Stephen Shingles, the principal violist of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. At the RAM he also studied chamber music under the renowned quartet leader Sidney Griller and composition with Paul Patterson and Edward Gregson. Leon has worked as a freelance player with many British orchestras including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields, BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia and RPO. He also studied baroque viola with Jan Schlapp and is an experienced specialist in period performance practice having worked with a number of period instrument orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Leon has a special interest in the viola d’amore and has edited editions of a number of eighteenth century pieces for viola d’amore, some never published before, including an Urtext edition of Vivaldi’s complete works for viola d’amore.

About Emily Smith:

Emily started playing the piano at an early age, after a recommendation from her best friend at Primary School! Emily continued her piano studies at the Royal College of Music, London with Niel Immelman and Gordon Fergus-Thompson, also learning cello with Alexander Boyarsky. There she received coaching and masterclasses in chamber music from leading musicians including Sir Roger Norrington and Levon Chilingirian.

Emily is based in Peterborough where she is a busy teacher and accompanist as well as playing the cello with the local string quartet Intermezzo.

When:    Tuesday 27th Aug
Where:   St Johns Church, Church Street, Peterborough, PE1 1XB
Time:      1pm

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc.  There will be several new members to the pop-up café team, and this year all profits from the café will go towards funding our programme of future events.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £5.

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