Programme - 20 October 2017

HAYDN Gypsy Rondo
Poco Andagio
Rondo all’Organese Rondo

Allegro con brio

Andante con moto
Scherzando Allegro moderato
Allegro moderato

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Martin Cropper was born into a musical family, and until the age of 5, he assumed that everybody played the violin! He grew up in Sheffield, studying with his mother Nina Martin, until he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. He has always been a keen chamber musician and has just completed a cycle of Beethoven Sonatas with his duo partner, Anne Bolt. Martin has always been interested in education, particularly other peoples’. He is now in his eighth year as Head of Strings at Oakham School, where he enjoys the variety of individual tuition, coaching chamber ensembles and conducting the Chamber Orchestra. In 2011, Martin’s students were awarded scholarships to nearly all of the major music colleges in England.

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Richard Jenkinson started to play the cello at the age of 5 studying with Florence Hooton, Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. In 1994 he won the Guildhall School’s coveted Gold Medal and a prize at Vittorio Gui competition in Florence. He has made several recordings the latest of which (British cello & piano sonatas with Benjamin Frith) was released in May 2015 label on the EM label. He is currently a Bramall scholar at the University of Birmingham where he is a final year Ph.D studying the music of Zoltan Kodaly.

In 1995 Richard was appointed principal cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and in 1998 joined the CBSO as principal cello. Since 2012 he has been the cellist of the Dante String Quartet. He has made several recordings with the quartet including Kodaly String quartets for Hyperion Records and began a project to record the Stanford String Quartets in December 2015 for Somm Records.  Concerts with the Dante Quartet this season have included the Wigmore Hall and a series of Beethoven concerts at Kings Place in London. Future highlights include a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast from Belfast, tours to France and Japan and several complete Beethoven String Quartet cycles in the Autumn of 2016.

Richard is becoming increasing demand as a conductor and is Artistic Director of the Innovation Chamber Ensemble. He has led the ensemble in many performances and recorded three discs for Somm Records. He is Musical Director of the Orchestra of St John (Bromsgrove) and the British Police Symphony Orchestra. Highlights for the current season include Verdi Requiem and a further instalment in the OSJ’s cycle of Beethoven Symphonies. Richard conducted the BPSO in a performance at Worcester Cathedral (April 2016 including a premiere of a new work by Ian Venables) and will conduct this orchestra at Beacon Park, Gloucester Cathedral (October 2016 including Elgar’s Second Symphony) and Symphony Hall, Birmingham (December 2016).

Anne Bolt

Anne Bolt was educated at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and with the help of a Fulbright Scholarship, completed a Master's degree at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler. Having taught at Alleyn's School in Dulwich and Uppingham School, she joined the staff at Oakham School in 2006, becoming Head of Piano in 2008. Anne's time at Oakham is spent teaching piano to all levels and rehearsing throughout the week with pupils in preparation for concerts and exams. She is particularly passionate about chamber music and loves encouraging as many of the piano pupils as possible to enter the annual duet competition. Her aim is to get to 100% participation! 

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Oakham Trio