CONCERTS

2019 programme

Monday 6th May  10.30am5pm – seminar: The Importance of Tuning for Better Performance. For more details, telephone 01342 850594.

Sunday 26th May – 4pm – Jong-Guyng Park (piano) and Katy Johns (violin). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Saturday 8th June – 4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm)  Alexandra Kremakova (harpsichord). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Saturday 22nd June  4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm)  Ralitsa Penkova (piano), celebrating the bicentenary of the Hammerwood Broadwood piano. For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Saturday 6th July  4pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm) – Alessandra Testai (voice) and Richard Black (piano) – outdoor/picnic concert (weather permitting). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

The programme will include:

  • La Serenata and other songs by F. P. Tosti (1846-1916)
  • Songs on poems by Ada Negri, by O. Respighi (1879-1936)
  • San Basilio, I Pastori by I. Pizzetti (1880-1968) Three Blake Songs by J. Armstrong (1926)
  • Also songs by G. Rossini (1792-1868)
  • E. Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948)
  • M. Castelnuovo –Tedesco (1895-1968)
  • D. Apivor (1916-2004)

Alessandra Testai was born in Livorno, where she began her singing studies at the age of 16 at Liceo Musicale Pietro Mascagni.

She then continued in London, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has her musical roots in the varied traditions of Italian song – opera, classical recital repertoire and the popular songs of the street and countryside. She has sung solo roles in opera and oratorio throughout Europe, and has given lectures and classes in Italian Song at major music colleges in Britain.

Forthcoming engagements include recitals with her lutenist husband Robin Jeffrey in Tuscany and in England.

Richard Black’s work as a pianist takes in opera, the symphony orchestra, chamber music and song recitals. He has helped rehearse operas from Purcell to the 21st century. He is a familiar face at opera auditions, and he frequently accompanies students of every voice and instrument at colleges in London.

In performance, Richard has played for singers at the Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, as well as in New York, Paris and Luxembourg. He has accompanied a wide range of instrumental works and played in a variety of chamber ensembles. He has accompanied on several CDs and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Richard is also an experienced recording engineer, producer and editor.


Saturday 20th July – 3pm (guided tour of the house available at 2pm/tea 3:15 pm)  charity event: The National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain in collaboration with the Orpheus Centre Trust:

Outdoor/picnic concert in aid of the Orpheus Centre Trust, a Surrey-based charity which improves and confidence and independence of severely disabled young adults through the performing arts. Sponsored by the National Youth Harp Orchestra and P & W Marquees. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival!

NB: tickets for this event office is now open for this event. Please book tickets on the Orpheus Centre website.

Saturday 28th September  4pm  Emily Gray (voice) and Gerard Cousins (guitar). For tickets, telephone 01342 850 594. Prices: £12 for Hammerwood Park Society members; £15 for non-members; children under 18 free. Includes post-performance refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits).

Saturday 19th October  4pm  Claire Deniz (cello), Ana Rodriguez (flute) and Alan Brown (piano).

P. Gaubert (1879-1941) Trois Aquarelles ( Three Watercolours)

                                         Par un clair matin

                                          Soir d'Automne

                                          Sérénade

F. Kuhlau (1786-1832)     Grand Trio in G major Op 119

                                               Allegro moderato

                                               Adagio patetico

                                               Allegro

C. Debussy (1862-1918)         Trio in G major

                                                  Andantino con moto allegro:Allegro appassionato

                                                  Scherzo -Intermezzo  moderato con allegro

                                                  Andante espressivo

                                                  Finale  Appassionato

C.M von Weber (1786-1826)            Trio   Op 63

                                                        Allegro moderato

                                                         Allegro vivace

                                                         Schäfers klage Andante espressivo

                                                          Finale Allegro

Ana Rodriguez (flute)

Born in Salamanca (Spain), Ana started to play flute at the age of eight. After graduating at Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, she became member of the orchestral academy Orquesta-Escuela of Madrid Symphony Orchestraat Madrid Royal Theatre, role which was combined with a job performing in musical theatre during 2014. After that, she moved to London to study Master of Arts at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

During her career, she has been awarded twice in the AIE (Spanish Performers Association) competition for young outstanding musicians, with the 1st prize in The Harold Clarke Woodwind Competition 2016 and was nominated to the prestigious Trinity Laban’s Gold Medal Competition, which took place at Kings Place in January 2018.

Ana has been member of the Madrid Youth Symphony Orchestra (JORCAM), Madrid Symphony Orchestra Academy and she usually gets invited to collaborate with orchestras as Madrid Symphony Orchestra (OSM), Madrid Orchestra and Choir (ORCAM), Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra or English Classical Players.

She combines her teaching and orchestral career with her other passion, chamber music, performing regularly with Duo Villanesca (flute and guitar) and Trio Pierné (flute, cello, piano) among others such as wind quintets and flute quartets.

Clare Deniz (cello)

Clare Deniz has been taught by a stream of eminent teachers commencing at The Royal Academy of Music when she had won a Junior Exhibition after playing her cello for only one year. She went on to study performance at the Senior Academy. She has also been taught by Jacqueline du Pre and Paul Tortelier.She has attended Masterclasses in France, London and at the Britten Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies.Since her Purcell Room Southbank London debut she has appeared throughout the UK at Festivals and music societies and  has performed unaccompanied at Amsterdam Concertgebouw and in Paris. With small ensemble she toured Spain and has performed at Alte Oper Frankfurt Germany. She is an elected  Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and as of  December 2018 she is a newly nominated and elected Member of the Royal Society of Musicians. She has  been televised twice by the BBC, playing her cello to nightingales in the manner of Beatrice Harrison who did this in the 30s and 40s in doing so with her second appearance, she re-created the first live outside broadcast for the BBC.

Clare's concerto performances include Elgar, Haydn C major, Haydn D major and Tschaikowsky Rococo Variations.Both the Haydn C major and the Rococo Variations were performed in aid of the Jacqueline du Pre Appeal Fund for the construction of the now existing Jacqueline du Pre building in Oxford.   She is also a registered listed supplier of music for the National Trust having performed in many properties and she curated a programme for  the Capability Brown 300 Festival for the National Trust  in 2016.For this project amongst many other arrangements she has made for cello and classical guitar she arranged the complete Beethoven Pastoral Symphony No6 but for programme variety performed the Scherzo Mvt in concert.In addition, in the same year she has performed the virtuosic Bach Suites Nos 4,5 and 6 at Gloucester Cathedral and Suites Nos 1,2 and 3 at Worcester Cathedral.Clare is listed in International  Who's who in Classical Music and has a Post Graduate  Diploma from Queens University Belfast and a Masters Degree from London University.

Alan Brown (piano)

Alan Brown studied piano and cello with Ruth Harte and Lilly Phillips at the Royal Academy of Music.Whilst he was there he was awarded the prestigious Recital Diploma and was proclaimed National Most Promising Pianist of the Year. He was finalist in the Royal Overseas League and National Federation of Music Societies awards and won the Hastings Piano Concerto Competition.


Since his acclaimed Wigmore Hall début, Alan has appeared frequently in London throughout the UK and Europe, as well as Australia, South Korea and Japan. Alan has a repertoire of over forty five concertos, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players,the Virtuosi of England and other orchestras, working frequently with Arthur Davison and his son Darrell. He is in great demand as a duo partner to wind and string players, performing for recitals,concerts and competition here and in Germany. Alan gives much of his time to young students, working as accompanist and coach at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Until recently he had a regular summer commitment to international violin courses,working with Igor Ozim in Weimar, Salzburg, Bern and Slovenia.     

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