Pip Clarke and Havilland Willshire

Saturday 2nd March 2024, 1.45pm – 2.30pm

Pip Clarke – Violin, Havilland Willshire – Piano

Brahms Sonatensatz in C minor, Op. posth.
Dvořák Romance in F major, Op. 11
Ysaӱe Berceuse in F minor, Op. 20
Wieniawski Fantaisie brillante sur Faust Op. 20

Pip Clarke is a unique musician. Critics have described her playing as “dazzling”, demonstrating “incredible emotion” and often noting an “audience spellbound”. Pip gave her ‘sold out’ debut in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in 2007, performing the Korngold violin concerto with the New York Pops Orchestra. Concert performances in the United States have included performances with the Florida Orchestra (with Stefan Sanderling); the Colorado Symphony (with Marin Alsop); the Syracuse Symphony (with Daniel Hege); the Utah Symphony (with Keith Lockhart); the Buffalo Philharmonic; and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Pip made a guest appearance at the Hollywood Bowl opening Gala Concert, and was the featured violin soloist in the major motion picture “15 Minutes” (with Robert De Niro). She also appeared in recital as one of the “Rising Stars” at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Performances in Canada included repeat appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic and the Regina Symphony. In the UK Pip has performed with the London Sinfonia, and toured with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

CD recordings include ‘After a Dream’, and ‘Amidst a Fantasy’ – both discs featuring a collection of short romantic concert pieces; and a debut recording on Albany Records of a violin concerto by the American composer, Lee Actor. Written for Pip, it is an outstanding composition with lush contemporary romantic melodies and dazzling virtuosity. Since returning home to live in the UK in 2018, Pip has continued to perform. She has collaborated with the pianist Martin Jones in concert, with her sister Nikki, and is now one part of a musical partnership with the pianist Havilland Willshire. Pip also conducts a ladies choir, and teaches privately.

Passionate about the value of a wide variety of music making Havilland Willshire is regularly invited to speak about the role of music in the lives of young people. He has worked extensively with young musicians as conductor and pianist and is highly sought after as adjudicator and competition jury member. An experienced examiner, he has served on numerous validation and review panels.

Havilland Willshire studied piano with Rsyzard Bakst and accompaniment with Clifton Helliwell at the Royal Northern College of Music and Music Education at the University of Manchester. He held the post of Coordinator of Metropolitan Wigan Instrumental Music Service for nine years before accepting the position of Head of Junior Conservatoire of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2000. Following a year as Head of Music Education in 2008 he became Dean of the School of Music in 2009. In 2014 he was appointed Assistant Director and Head of Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and more recently, Director of the Faculty of Music in November 2018, a post he held until early 2023.

A dedicated teacher, he taught for a number of years at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music Junior School and continued to teach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Trinity Laban. Currently he teaches at Cheltenham College. He also enjoyed an active concert career as soloist and chamber musician including live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio and is the duo partner for the violinist Pip Clarke.

Next Concert: Please note that the next concert, WACIDOM’s 500th, will be played by one of our Patrons, Professor Leon McCawley.

The concert will be held in Holy Trinity Church, on Friday 8th March 2024 at 1:00pm – 1:45pm. This is a change to the normal arrangements. Please make a note if you want to hear that concert! We would hate anyone who wants to listen to Leon, to miss out.

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Radio Warrington

 The 1hr Radio Warrington ‘Classical Show’, hosted by Sharon Cannell who is the WACIDOM chairman, has been renamed ‘Sunday Classics’ and made 2hrs long.

You can now hear Sharon’s musical choices on Sunday mornings from 8 – 10am.

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Telemann Baroque Ensemble

Saturday 24th February 2024, 1.45pm – 2.30pm

Flute – Alastair Roberts, Violin – Sarah Snape, Viola – John Goodstadt, Cello – Roger Bisby, Harpsichord – Peter Collier

Johann Quantz Flute Quartet in E minor (Vivace: Grave: Allegro)
Jean‐Marie Leclair Trio in D major for violin, violin and BC (Adagio: Allegro: Sarabanda: Allegro assai.)
Jean Baptiste Loeillet Trio in E minor for flute, violin and BC (Largo: Allegro: Largo: Allegro)
George Philipp Telemann Flute Quartet in D minor (Adagio: Allegro: Adagio: Allegro)

PETER COLLIER is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and London University and is the director of the Baroque Week Summer School, now in its 46th year (www.baroque-week.org.uk) for which he has built up a library of several thousand music scores which is also used by the Telemann Baroque Ensemble. The Ensemble has appeared at a variety of venues and for over 25 yrs has appeared at every Uppermill Festival. It specialises in programmes where music by little known composers are featured alongside music of established composers of the period. The music is introduced by Peter with anecdotes and quotations, often humorous but always fascinating from diaries and other writings by persons contemporary with the music.

ALASTAIR ROBERTS started to play the flute at the age of 12 yrs. He was awarded a Junior Exhibition to the RMCM where his teachers included Peter Lloyd. He studied for 4 yrs at the RNCM with David Butt and Trevor Wye. On leaving college he taught in Yorkshire and in 1980 he moved to Lancashire as Head of Music in a comprehensive school. He plays regularly with the Cheshire Sinfonia and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra. His solo performances have included the Bach Suite in B minor, the 2nd 4th & 5th Brandenburg Concertos, the Nielsen Flute Concerto, the Chaminard Flute Concertino, the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto and concerto s by Khachaturian and Telemann. He is also a member of the Kell Wind Trio.

SARAH SNAPE has a BA (Hons) from York University and a Diploma from the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. She studied with the Dartington String Quartet and the Fitzwilliam Quartet. She was a member of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and upon returning to the UK played for 3 years with the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra. She then freelanced for many years with the Liverpool Philharmonic playing at the Proms and Carnegie Hall, New York. She also played with the Manchester Camerata, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She now teaches from home and in schools and plays regularly with chamber ensembles.

JOHN GOODSTADT studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire with John Brearly and John White. After graduating in 1981 he spent 2 yrs playing Italian opera and ballet at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo Sicily. Part of the season was on tour playing light operetta in many open air Sicilian piazzas. The local folk would certainly not have been able to travel up to town for the high operas. This is where John got his liking for Italian vino, real pasta and proper pizza! John turned to a career in computing in the mid 80’s but continued playing regularly with Stockport symphony orchestra, Wilmslow Opera, the Gawsworth hall summer festival and the TBE. With two boys John has a critical audience to deal with at practice time. Undaunted, his commitment continues. John plays on a viola made in the Tyrol area of Italy from the early 18th century.

ROGER BISBY was taught to play the cello from the age of 11 yrs by his grandfather, who had been a musician in a theatre orchestra all his life. Roger has played ever since in various groups and most importantly in a quartet where he met his future wife who played the viola. Music has always been a great source of enjoyment to him. Roger read Chemistry at university and is now a Professor Emeritus of the University of Salford. Although he has played in several orchestras his main commitments nowadays are with the Wilmslow Symphony orchestra and the Telemann Baroque Ensemble

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