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|Saint-Saens||Fantaisie for Violin & Harp, Op. 124|
|Debussy||Deux Romances, L65|
|Ibert||Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp (1943/44)|
|Saint-Saens||2 Romances for Cello & Piano|
|Henriette Renié||Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp|
Saturday 21st October 2017 at 7.30 pm
Performing Arts Centre, Teignmouth Community School, Exeter Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9HZ (map)
Chroma Chamber Ensemble
Founded in 1997, CHROMA is a collective of 20 musicians dedicated both to new music and to revisiting classic repertoire in fresh and exciting contexts, and involving audiences in compelling, inspirational experiences.
This trio features harpist, Eleanor Turner, violinist, David Le Page, who is also leader of the Orchestra of the Swan and cellist, Clare O’Connell, a founding member. www.chromaensemble.co.uk
Eleanor Turner is a passionate ambassador for the harp. Eleanor has been performing professionally for over eighteen years, making her London concerto debut aged just fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding and broadcast live on Classic Fm. Eleanor has performed solo at the Berlin Philharmonie, Musiekgeouw Aant Ij in Amsterdam and the Wigmore Hall in London, with concerto appearances in London, New Orleans and Sydney.
Eleanor won Second Prize in the 2011 Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition and has numerous other awards including First Prize at the European Harp Competition 2007, which kickstarted her international career. Eleanor’s principal tutors were Daphne Boden and Alison Nicholls and another key influence in Eleanor’s life is the American jazz harpist, composer and conductor Deborah Henson-Conant, whose music forms a centrepiece for Eleanor’s ‘Wild Bird’ show about artistic freedom, and with whom she is greatly looking forward to working with in 2018.
As a composer, Eleanor wrote the score for Ballet Wales’ 2007 production ‘The Bride of Flowers’ and has since written pop songs, a stage show ‘Elusive Symmetry’ with hip-hop dancer Lizzie Gough and guitarist-composer Alan Thomas and she regularly combines spoken word with the harp. Recent collaborations include Indian-western improvised music with tabla player Mendi Mohinder Singh and guest appearances with the band Ranagrí and pop legend Tony Christie. Eleanor is Head of Harp at Birmingham Conservatoire, where she has been working with Music Interaction Designer Balandino Di Donato on ‘HarpCI’, gesture-controlled electronic music. www.eleanorturner.com
David Le Page
David Le Page was born in Guernsey and began learning the violin at the age of seven. He gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, aged twelve, where he studied with Margaret Norris.
He was a prize winner in both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Yehudi Menuhin competition and completed his studies in Bern with Igor Ozim and in London with Sidney Griller.
David has worked with a diverse selection of artists and ensembles including the Kreutzer quartet, Adderbury Ensemble, Billy Jenkins, Thomas Ades, Opera North, Matthew Sharp, Nicholas Daniel, James, Chroma, Roger Eno, Keith Tippett, Errolyn Wallen, David Gordon, Partikel, Benet McLean, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Tavener, Michael Tippett, Phillip Sheppard and the Gogmagogs.
He is director of The Harborough Collective and has formed his own groups the Le Page Ensemble, Mysterious Barricades and Subway Piranhas. In 1999 David was appointed leader of the Orchestra of the Swan, a Stratford-upon-Avon based chamber orchestra, which has received critical acclaim for its imaginative programming, commitment to new music and numerous recordings.
David has recorded and released three albums of his own material. 'The Reinvention of Harmony and Imagination' (2013), 'As The Crow Flies' (2015) and 'Glimpses of the Seagull' (2016). In 2016 he recorded 'Between Heaven and Earth' an album of solo violin music featuring works by Bach, Ysayë, Paganini, Tiersen and Biber as well as two of his own compositions. 'Metamorphosis', David's next solo album explores the idea of transformation with his radical reworking of Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony, Bach's Tocatta and Fugue and Joy Division's 'New Dawn Fades'. 2017 will also see the release of 'Barcos' an album recorded with renowned bandoeon player Eduardo García and The Harborough Collective.
David is artistic director of the successful Harborough Concerts series, based in Market Harborough, which presents around 20 groundbreaking performances a year. He is currently President of the European String Teachers Association. David plays on a 1874 violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. www.davidlepage.co.uk/
A founder member of CHROMA, Clare has been able to pursue her love of chamber music for the past twenty years thanks to the inspiration, trust and amazing musicianship of her fellow CHROMA members.
She also works with The Storytellers Ensemble, The Harborough Collective, Lontano, Aurora, Marais Ensemble and Propellor Ensemble, but is most devoted to CHROMA, for whom she also curates.
She set up and curates CHROMA’s series of chamber music concerts in Berkhamsted, experimenting with varying instrumental line-ups, and interweaving music poetry and storytelling to add another dimension to the concert going experience. She has commissioned new works from Leonardo Margutti and Luke Bedford as well as a piece of music and words from Patrick Sherwen and Dominic Shovelton and she illustrates all the publicity and marketing for these events.
She has programmed and produced CHROMA’s first own label album ‘Folk Tales’ which she conceived and recorded with CHROMA artists David Le Page and Ian Watson.
She lives half way up a steep hill in Berkhamsted with her family and is becoming increasingly obsessed with yoga. clareoconnell.com/