Saturday 16th March 2024, 7.30pm
Emma Abbate, piano
Fenella Humphreys, violin
Gary Pomeroy, viola
Cara Berridge, cello
Adrian Sutton Trio Dances for String Trio
Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat op 47
Fauré Piano Quartet no 1 in C minor op 15
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Perpetuo is made up of active soloists and orchestral musicians who can be found performing in numerous ensembles and prestigious venues throughout the UK. Perpetuo is flexible in size from duo up to eleven players who come together on a project-by-project basis. This flexible membership allows Perpetuo to adapt to a wide variety of repertoire and collaborations. For this concert four of the musicians form a piano quartet.
The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician. Described as “an amazingly talented pianist” by the leading Italian magazine Musica, she has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Austria, Portugal, Italy, Poland and USA, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St George’s, Bristol and at the Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her ‘significant contribution’ thus far to the music profession.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career focusing on chamber music and solo work. Her playing has been described in the press as ‘amazing’ (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder’ (IRR). A champion of new and unknown music, a number of eminent British composers have written for Fenella. Works include a set of 6 works for solo violin from composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She has been fortunate to record these over 2 critically acclaimed CDs for Champs Hill Records, both chosen by BBC Music Magazine as Instrumental disc of the month with 5 Star reviews, and the second also picked as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Described on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review as an ‘absolutely exquisite album’, and a Recommended Recording in The Strad Magazine, Fenella’s acclaimed CD, ‘So Many Stars’ with Nicola Eimer was released on Stone Records in 2019.‘Max Richter: Four Seasons Recomposed’ album on Rubicon Classics was chosen as BBC Music Magazine’s Concerto Choice, Scala’s Album of the Week, and included in Apple Music’s Classical A-List. Her 2021 album of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Humoresques with BBCNOW, was released to great critical acclaim and was also chosen as Scala Radio’s album of the week, and featured in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library and Gramophone Magazine’s guide to the concerto. Works by Sibelius for violin and piano with Joseph Tong released in 2022 was BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Choice. Recently released on Rubicon Classics, ‘Caprices’ explores Études and Caprices from Paganini to the present day, including new works by Freya Waley-Cohen, Laurence Osborn and Oliver Leith, and a new set of variations on Paganini’s 24th Caprice with composers including Héloïse Werner, Emily Howard and Robin Haigh. “Really, very impressive” (Gramophone Magazine), “technically and musically superb” (The Strad), the album has been nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s 2023 Premiere Award. Recent collaborators include London Mozart Players (Bach & Samuel Coleridge-Taylor), BBC NOW, Ulster Orchestra, Sir John Tomlinson, Nicholas Daniel, Ben Goldscheider, Mahan Esfahani and Martin Roscoe
A passionate chamber musician, Fenella performs regularly with the Roscoe Piano Trio, Perpetuo and Counterpoise. Fenella plays on a G.B. Guadagnini violin kindly on loan from Jonathan Sparey.
Born and raised in South Africa, Gary Pomeroy started violin lessons aged five. He took to the viola as a teenager and was lucky enough to become an ABRSM International Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. There he enjoyed guidance in solo and chamber music by Mark Knight, Chris Rowland and Thomas Riebl, and went on to study at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.
Gary is one quarter of the Heath Quartet, who have recently been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, recorded the complete string quartets of Michael Tippett, Bela Bartok, Tchaikovsky String Quartets 1 + 3 and a Second Vienese disc of Berg and Schoenberg.
Gary now lives in London and enjoys a range of education work, including coaching the Kuumba Youth Orchestra, chamber music mentoring and viola teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. When he is not rehearsing, performing or teaching, he is a keen runner and can be found underwater as a PADI Divemaster.
In addition to playing with the Sacconi Quartet, Cara Berridge enjoys playing with various chamber orchestras, Ensemble Perpetuo and recording music for films and TV programmes. Cara graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with First Class Honours and continued her studies as the Amaryllis Fleming Scholar, receiving her Postgraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma with Distinction in 2003 and 2004. Cara plays a Nicolaus Gagliano cello from 1781, generously on loan to her from the Royal Society of Musicians, a charity which helps musicians in need.