Next concert: Sunday 15th November 2020 at 3:00 pm
Claudia Gallardo Uriarte
Intermezzo Cavalleria Rusticana
La Vida Breve
A Gershwin Fantasy
Meditation from Souvenir d’un lieu cher
Fantaisie brillante sur Carmen
Danny Boy (Farewell to cuculain)
Making Music is the UK’s leading organisation for leisure-time music, with over 3,500 music groups in membership. Since its creation in 1961 its Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme (PDGYA) has helped to launch the careers of dozens of young musicians, including those of Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Ogden. It is made possible by the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, which promotes young artists and composers. www.makingmusic.org.uk/pdgya
Manu Brazo is a young Spanish saxophonist who has established himself as one of his generations most versatile young musicians. At ease on the stage he is often praised for his unique sound and virtuosity as well as having the ability to have a close and intimate relationship with his audience. He regularly mixes a musical and often technically challenging performance with anecdotes about himself or the composers.
Over the last few years Manu has been a regular recitalist at British and international music festivals such as Leeds International Concert Season, Tetbury Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Aegean Arts Festival in Crete and Risor Kammermussikkfest in Norway. He has also given solo performances throughout the UK and Europe and played with the London City Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic, Orquesta Betica de Camara and Orquesta Filarmonia. In 2018 he was selected to take part in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme where he performed at the Snape Maltings Proms conducted by Marin Alsop. Manu has also been a regular guest on BBC Radio 3 In Tune.
Last summer Manu, accompanied by pianist Bryan Evans MBE, was invited by promoters Live Nation to be the opening act for Sir Cliff Richard at Greenwich Music Time Festival and to open ‘Downton Live’ at Highclere Castle to audiences of around 12,000 people.
The global pandemic in March saw all his forthcoming concerts, masterclasses and debut recording in Italy cancelled. Determined not to give up Manu took a different route and built his own recording studio, learnt how to edit to a professional standard and recorded his debut album Solo Dialogue which was released in June 2020. A collection of five solo saxophone tracks with accompanying videos the aim is to express the different emotions that Manu experienced when the world shut down and to show there is still hope and optimism. The recording and videos have been supported by Classic FM on their social media sites as well as BBC Radio 3 In Tune.
Born in Seville, Spain, Manu started to play saxophone at the age of 9. He studied in Seville and was accepted and funded to study at Royal College of Music, where he graduated from his Master in Performance and Artist Diploma with Distinction and won numerous awards. Manu lives in London.
Claudia Gallardo Uriarte was born in Cadiz (Spain). She started playing the violin at the age of 5 years in the International School of Algeciras. She studied in her bachelor in music at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla and just finished her Master in Performance at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Jacqueline Ross. Claudia has performed with many youth orchestras in Spain, including the Orquesta Joven de Andalucia for which she has been concertmaster. She has played under the baton of Michael Thomas, Arturo Tamayo and Manuel Hernández-Silva.
Indonesian pianist Prajna Indrawati honed her Master of Performance degree in Piano Accompaniment (2018) at the Royal College of Music under tutelage of Roger Vignoles, Kathron Sturrock, and Simon Lepper. She performed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Festival Hall, for BBRadio3 “in Tune”, in St. James Picadilly, Kings Place London, Newbury Spring Festival, Alderney Music Festival, etc; as well in Seville (Spain) and Creete (Greece). She was awarded second place for Accompanist Prize in “Brooks- van der Pump” English Song Competition and Joan Chisell Schumann Competition and Titanic Memoriam Award for accompanist in Lies Askonas Competition 2018. Recently, she joined Jakarta City Philharmonic as a soloist in Mozart Piano Concerto c minor. She achieved her Diploma in Piano Performance and Grade 8 Singing from ABRSM. Prajna has worked as an accompanist for singers and choirs across Asia and Europe.
Priced concerts - tickets in advance, or cash at the door.
Children 16 and under admitted free with accompanying adult. Students £3 (with ID card).
Amounts indicated are a suggested donation for cash at the door. If you are a tax payer a Gift Aid declaration would be appreciated.
All our concerts are held in the church at 83 Portsmouth Road.
The main entrance to the free parking is in Millmead Terrace which is accessed from Bury Fields at the end of Lawn Road.
Guildford Music Society arranges high standard concerts and recitals in the excellent acoustic environment at the Guildford United Reformed Church in Surrey.
Founded some twenty years ago to encourage the love of serious music especially amongst the young, we provide live music in different genres performed by highly gifted professional artistes, many of whom have international recognition. Probably no other local venue provides such recitals on a regular basis throughout the year and at a very reasonable expense.
Why travel to London when this quality of musical satisfaction can be found so close to home?