SPEND VALENTINE’S DAY IN THE COMPANY OF THE ROMANTICS – AND A LITTLE MOZART
St Mary’s Richmond is delighted to welcome the Schiehallion Horn Trio to Richmond on Friday 14 February at 7. 30 pm. Named after a Scottish mountain famed for its scientific importance in assisting the calculation of the earth (an experiment performed a century ago), the members of the trio are themselves equally celebrated.
Chris Griffiths - French horn
Chris has been a member of Royal Northern Sinfonia for over 20 years. He has now returned to the freelance world, still based in Tyneside, playing with orchestras and ensembles all over the UK.
After studying with the legendary Barry Tuckwell at the Royal Academy of Music for three years, Chris played alongside Michael Thompson in the BBC SSO for a further 3 years.
During his stay in Scotland, he was appointed Principal Horn with the SCO and played with every music ensemble and orchestra in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Chris has conducted many events in the concert calendar of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s associated amateur ‘Cobweb Orchestra’ – of which he was co-founder. In his Music Workshops, Chris has a huge collection of Belleplates (a type of hand bell), mini djembes, Turkish drums and his own French horn, to provide a unique formula.
Ten years ago Chris elected to undergo bi-lateral, below knee amputations to remedy crippling effects of the neurological disease CMT. He is now busier than ever, having benefited from working at Sage Gateshead, with its amazing accessibility, also with support from Musicians Benevolent Fund ("Help Musicians"), The Royal Society of Musicians, Motability and Access to Work.
Martin Hughes - violin
Martin Hughes studied the violin with Leonard Hirsch at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation and Leverhulme Scholar winning the Stoutzker Prize in memory of Albert Sammons, the College’s premier prize for the violin. He made his Wigmore Hall debut with duo partner Simon Nicholls and has given notable concerts and recitals at home and abroad. As a long-time member of Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle he was section principal and subsequently associate leader, partnering world famous violinists Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Vladimir Spivakov and Günther Pichler in the double and triple concertos of J S Bach, also featuring as soloist on CD, BBC Radio 3 and television.
As Head of Strings at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD) in Glasgow, he presided over the renaissance of the Strings Department. At this time he was invited onto the ARD Munich International Competition jury.
In 2003 he was appointed Head of Strings at Bedford School, leading one of the finest departments in the UK.
Since moving back to Northumberland in 2016, Martin has become chairman of Hexham and District Music Society, joint artistic director of Hexham Abbey Festival and leader, artist and programme consultant of Lakeland Sinfonia in Kendal, Cumbria.
Martin plays amongst others, a particularly special William E Hill and Sons’ violin of 1892, thought to be the work of Charles François Langonet who moved from Villaume’s famous workshop in Paris to work for the Hill family in London in the late 19th century.
David Murray - piano
David Murray has been recognised as one of the North East’s most acclaimed pianists, and is in constant demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber music partner.
He has been a regular accompanist for David Haslam, Sir Thomas Allen, Ian Partridge, Bradley Creswick, and Alison Pearce, with whom he has appeared in recitals all over the world.
He is also well known as a choral trainer and conductor, and is permanent conductor of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society and Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus.
On an educational front David has been lucky enough to have helped many young pianists who are now starting to make their way in the musical worl , especially through his work at the Weekend School at the Sage Gateshead, where he was Head of Keyboard Studies from 2004 - 2013. He continues to teach privately and is Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, a post which he has held since 2001.
Here’s the programme -
Mozart Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E flat Major, K407
Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major, opus 96
Brahms Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, opus 40
We are indebted to Latimer Hinks (thanks to Neil Stephenson, a member of our congregation), Purple Creative (Allan Guy), Harbour Management Solutions (Alèxe Finlay) with a little help from our friends at Wilf’s Deli and Castle Hill Bookshop.
Tickets are £7.50, concessions £5, and are available from Castle Hill Bookshop or from Alèxe on 07876 705550.
All money raised goes to support St Mary’s.