Adam Summerhayes - violin
David Wright - harpsichord
Friday 20 April 2018 • 7:30pm • £15
George Frideric Händel Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major HWV 371
Georg Phillipp Telemann No 1 from 12 Fantasias for violin without bass
Pietro Locatelli Caprice no 23 “Labyrinth” (solo violin)
Giuseppe Tartini Sonata in G minor “The Devil’s Trill”
Heinrich Biber Sonata no.1 in A
Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer Vertigo (solo harpsichord)
Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata in G major BMV 1021
Corelli Violin Sonata in D minor, Op.5 No.12 'La Folia'
£15 in advance, or cash at the door.

Children 16 and under admitted free with accompanying adult. Students £3 (with ID card).

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Adam and David now tour the world with the innovative baroque ‘super-group’ Red Priest - an early music quartet that has been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. They are also currently recording a disc of Bach’s sonatas for violin and continuo.

Adam Summerhayes

“Astonishing, all-out virtuosity from Adam Summerhayes” wrote the New York Times this February, in one of the many rave reviews that the internationally acclaimed violinist has enjoyed. Adam’s grandfather studied the violin with Joachim's last pupil and with Adolf Brodsky, the violinist who premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto. He learnt first from him and then from Yfrah Neaman, one of the twentieth century's greatest pedagogues. He has been very highly acclaimed as a chamber musician, particularly for a number of discs featuring first recordings of previously unknown repertoire, including works by Aaron Copland. He has also given many concerto performances and has performed in Russia, Germany, France, Spain, the Czech Republic and the USA.

Adam has recorded over 20 CDs - duo, trio, larger chamber music, ZUM and other interesting projects - for Harmonia Mundi, Chandos, ASV, Meridian, Sargasso and others. He has broadcast live for BBC Radio 3 - including on the Early Music Show - and his recordings and compositions have been broadcast throughout the world.

A disc of his gypsy fiddle playing, was described as "heady stuff… thrilling virtuoso playing" (Gramophone). This disc lead to a cameo film moment, in Guy Ritchie's recent blockbuster Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. A performance of one of his own tracks is also featured.

Adam spent the autumn and winter of 2014 touring with the dutch superstar Caro Emerald as solo violinist in her eight piece band. This highly enjoyable interlude saw him playing to over 80,000 people in total in the UK’s largest arenas, including the O2 - even singing backing vocals from the front of stage.

David Wright

David Wright received no musical training as a child and taught himself to play ‘by ear’. It wasn not until he was 16 that he had his first piano lesson and learned to read music, later going on to study harpsichord, organ, and viola da gamba as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Music, where he won the Ella Kidney prize for early music. In 2004, he graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music, where for two consecutive years he won the Richard the Third and Century Fund Prizes. In the same year he also won first prize in the prestigious Broadwood Harpsichord Competition - an international event held biannually at London’s Fenton House, home of the historic Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, where he subsequently became artist in residence.

David Wright is a musician of international acclaim who specialises in early keyboard instruments. He pursues an extremely busy career as soloist, chamber musician and continuo player in orchestras and opera companies. As a soloist and accompanist he works regularly with some of the world's leading ensembles and musicians. He has directed concerts from the harpsichord including the first modern performance of Thomas Arne's ballad opera The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green. He is engaged regularly amongst the artists at Dartington International Summer School and as repetitieur with the English Touring Opera and The English Bach Festival, with whom he has been assistant musical director for several operas. David’s radio and television broadcasts include performances as a finalist in the York Early Music Competition and soloist at the Handel House Museum London (both for BBC Radio3) and more recently a recital as part of the Belfast Music Festival, broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland. As a continuo player and soloist he performs regularly with the London Concertante, who tour extensively worldwide. Just recently, he was assistant musical director to Jean-Claude Malgoire in a production of Rameau’s Platée at the Megaron in Athens with the English Bach Festival, with whom he will be performing Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in the New Year.

With an extensive discography to his credit, recent collaborations have included recordings with Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, composer Debbie Wiseman (in the sound track to the BBC series Woolf Hall) and concerts with Emma Kirkby and James Bowman.

During 2006 and 2007, much of David Wright’s time has been devoted to J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), which he has performed extensively though out the UK and abroad. Future live performances include: Bournemouth Festival in May 2007, Dartington Summer School in July-August 2007, and Handel House Museum on the August 23, 2007. In 2007, he launched his new recording of the work.