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Sunday 16 Jan 2022

3:00 pm • £15

Manu Brazo

Saxophone

Prajna Indrawati

Piano

Debussy, Iturralde, Massenet, Bartók, Piazzola & Monti

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Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme.

Making Music is the UK’s leading organisation for leisure-time music, with over 3,200 music groups in membership. Its Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme (PDGYA) has helped to launch the careers of dozens of young musicians since its creation in 1961, including Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Ogden. It is made possible by the generosity of the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, which promotes young artists and composers.

Programme:

Claude Debussy (1862‑1918)

Beau Soir

Pedro Iturralde (1929‑2020)

Suite Hellénique

  • Kalamatianos

  • Funky

  • Valse

  • Kritis

Jules Massenet (1842‑1912)

Méditation

Béla Bartók (1881‑1945)

Danzas Rumanas

  • Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă

  • Brâul

  • Topogó - Pe loc

  • Bucsumí Tánc - Buciumeana

  • Román Polka

  • Aprózó - Mâruntel

Pedro Iturralde

Memorias

Astor Piazzolla (1921‑1992)

Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla

Muerte del Ángel

Vittorio Monti (1868‑1922)

Czardas

Admission:

£15 in advance, or pay on the door. Cards accepted.

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

Amounts indicated are a suggested donation for payment at the door. If you are a tax payer a Gift Aid declaration would be appreciated.

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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.

Biographies:

Manu Brazo is a young Spanish saxophonist who since moving to London in 2016 has established himself as one of his generation's most versatile young musicians. He is praised for his unique sound and virtuosity, as well as for originality and spontaneity in his way of playing his saxophone.

Manu has been a guest on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on multiple occasions since he was named BBCs Introducing Artist of 2018 and featured on Classic FM, where his first performance was rated as "amazing and 100% colossal".

His concert debut in the UK was in 2016 with Guildford Symphony Orchestra and in 2017 he performed Tansy Davies' saxophone concerto with London Sinfonietta. He has performed as a soloist throughout England and Spain but also with various ensembles including Croydon Symphony, Halifax Symphony Orchestra, Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra, London City Orchestra, OSC (University of Seville), Orquesta Bética de Cámara and Orquesta FiIlarmonía de Granada. During 2021/22 he will have his German concerto debut at the prestigious Berlin Philarmonie.

Accompanied by pianist Bryan Evans MBE, Manu 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. 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.

Over the last few years Manu has been a regular concert artist at British and International music festivals and has performed recitals at the Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Victoria Albert Museum, King's Place, Teatro de la Maestranza, Perth Festival of the Arts of Scotland, Real Alcázar of Sevilla, Royal Academy of Arts, Alderney Festival, Newbury Festival, Kammermusikkfest of Norway and Aegean Arts Festival of Crete.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Manu recorded his first EP for solo saxophone: "SOLO DIALOGUE", which was released in June 2020. It was showcased on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Scala Radio. This September he released his debut album: "FOLK-LORE", with pianist Pepe Fernandez. Folk-Lore is an album in which classical and popular music, mix and interact, showing airs of flamenco, improvisations in a jazz-like style and other popular kinds of music, breaking the boundaries between genres. Spanish music is the link that unifies the whole album. Spanish folk music is represented by the popular tunes that the poet Federico Garcia Lorca compiled, which Manu and Pepe have adapted and rearranged to the sound of the saxophone and the piano, with variations that go from baroque inspiration to that of the music of the twentieth century.

Born in Seville, Manu started to play the saxophone at the age of 9. Having studied in Spain he was accepted at the Royal College of Music where he graduated his Master in Performance and Artist Diploma with Distinction and won numerous awards. As a young musician Manu has received support from Making Music (PDGYA), The Musicians Company, The Tillet Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Concordia Foundation and Talent Unlimited. Manu lives in London.

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. Accompanying singers, she performed in few places in London, such as Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Festival Hall and in “Brahms and his poet” book’s launching by Natasha Loges. 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. With soprano Joyee Cole, she also attended Oxford Lieder Mastercourse 2018 led by Wolfgang Holzmair. She had performed twice in BBRadio3 “in Tune”, Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Martin in-the-fields, Royal Festival Hall - Southbank Centre, St. James Picadilly, Debut with Tillett Trust in Kings Place London, Newbury Spring Festival, Alderney Music Festival, 2020 Leeds International Music Festival, etc; as well in Seville (Spain) and Creete (Greece). In July 2019, she joined Jakarta City Philharmonic as a soloist in Mozart Piano Concerto c minor. She had participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists Adam Gyorgy and Patrick Zygmanowsky and others. She achieved her Diploma in Piano Performance and Grade 8 Singing from ABRSM. She has accompanied many singers in concerts and several choir festivals in Europe and Asia