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The Nexus Duo, violin and cello

The Rascallity Harp Duo

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Velingrad Friday 23rd April at 7.30 pm.

Jayapura Nexus Duo: Andrew Birse, violin and Chloe Randall, cello

George Frederick Handel Sonata in D HWV 371

  1. Afetuoso

Joseph Haydn   Gazanjyk String Duo in D major Hob V1:D1

  1. Adagio non molto
  2. Tempo di Minuet
  3. Allegro

Zoltán Kodály   Duo for Violin and Cello Op 7

  1. Allegro serioso, non troppo
  2. Adagio – Andante 
  3. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento – Presto

The Nexus Duo is an emerging ensemble comprising Andrew Birse (violin) and Chloe Randall (cello) who have played chamber music together in various guises since 2016. Starting as a piano quintet, then a piano trio, they decided to seek out works for violin and cello and have been performing as a string duo ever since. In various venues from concert halls to more unconventional spaces they present imaginative programmes, often including folk music from their homes in Scotland as well as baroque, late romantic, 20th century and contemporary works.

Born in Aberdeen, Andrew Birse studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Gina McCormack and James Clark. Passionate about Chamber Music, Andrew has performed with ensembles including the Rowan Quartet and the Scottish Ensemble. As Principal Second Violin with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland he played in the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. At the RNCM Andrew participated in masterclasses with Mauricio Fuks and Levon Chilingirian alongside tuition from many of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles. He is also a keen singer, having been a choral scholar at St. Machar’s Cathedral and now regularly sings at St. Ann’s Church.

Born in Fife, Scotland, Chloe Randall trained at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Betsy Taylor. During her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music she received the Shirley Cattarall Award for Cello and the Amy Lindley Cello Prize. She has participated in solo masterclasses throughout Europe with internationally renowned cellists such as Leonard Elschenbroich, Jerome Pernoo, Xenia Jankovich and Miklos Perenyi. In 2018 she attended the Festival Pablo Casals where she studied with Niklas Schmidt, and in August 2019, the International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Notable recital performances have taken place in France, Austria and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Rascallity Duo: Kathryn Mason, harp and Alice Roberts, harp

Trad arr. Alice Roberts  Black is the Colour

Caroline Lizotte      Stellae Saltantem

Monika Stadler       Preseli Skies; On the Water

Henry Purcell are. Alice Roberts  O Solitude Z 406

Caroline Lizotte      Raga

Founded in 2015, the Rascallity Harp Duo is comprised of up-and-coming young harpists Kathryn Mason and Alice Roberts. Seeking to explore new and obscure repertoire for two harps, they regularly perform across a variety of venues in the North West. As well as performing works by contemporary classical composers, the duo also includes original arrangements and compositions in their programme, often comprising of and fusing genres such as jazz, latin and folk elements.

Kathryn graduated in 2020 with her Masters degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she studied harp with Eira Lynn Jones. She enjoys a varied career, exploring music of different genres both as a soloist and with a wide range of ensembles. As an orchestral player, she has worked with many RNCM ensembles, including the Symphony and Concert Orchestras, and has performed in a number world premieres of contemporary orchestral and chamber works in recent years. Her performances have taken place in such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall, the Palace Theatre in Manchester and Wakefield Cathedral, among others.

Alice completed her undergraduate degree on the highly competitive and prestigious Manchester ‘Joint Course,’ graduating with first class honours in music from the University of Manchester and an Upper classification as a Graduate of the RNCM (GRNCM). Whilst studying at Manchester University, Alice was twice awarded the Procter-Gregg Prize for the student with the highest mark for performance. Alice has a strong interest in contemporary music and frequently works with composers in developing and premiering new works for harp, including a composition with chamber orchestra for New Music North West and a collaborative venture involving music and dance. She is also passionate about exploring jazz on the harp, and in 2018 travelled to Switzerland to study under acclaimed jazz harpist Park Stickney. She also supported celebrated jazz vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadzki at London Jazz Festival 2019.

The Nexus and Rascallity Duos appear by kind permission of the RNCM