Violinist Fenella Humphreys, was the winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, and has won critical admiration and audience acclaim with the grace and intensity of her playing which has been described as “alluring”, “unforgettable” and “a wonder”. Fenella is one of the UK’s most established and versatile violinists. She enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, performing in prestigious venues around the world. She is frequently broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM, Scala Radio and international radio stations.
British pianist Nicola Eimer is a graduate of the Juilliard School, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe, America and Asia. Nicola has performed at St. Martin-in-the Fields, St John’s Smith Square, the Barbican and Wigmore Hall, and has played at the Purcell Room for the Kirckman Concert Society and the Park Lane Group.
Fenella and Nicola were very supportive when approached with our 2023 project celebrating women in music, and came up with a wonderful programme. I have listened to this programme from start to finish and it really captures the essence of the 2023 project, as it perfectly mixes music that is very well known (RVW’s Lark Ascending for example), with that not so well known, such as pieces by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Ruth Gipp and Lili Boulanger.
The programme for this impressive concert is:
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Sonatensatz in C minor WoO 2
Clara Schumann – 3 romances
Ruth Gipps – Evocation
Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Cécile Chaminade – Bohémienne op. 31
Lili Boulanger – D’un Matin de Printemps
Gabriel Fauré – Andante op. 75
Emilie Mayer – Violin Sonata in E Flat
Poldowski – Berceuse de l’Enfant Mourant
Jessie Montgomery – Peace
Fanny Mendelssohn – Adagio in E
Florence Price – Fantasy no. 1