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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Concert in aid of Dar il-Kaptan on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Concert in aid of Dar il-Kaptan on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary

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Producer: Dar il-Kaptan
Admission Age: Strictly 6+
Venue: Teatru Manoel
Date: 28 November 2016
Time: 8pm
Price: €30 - €15


Description

Programme:

Handel: Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.11 in A major 

Mozart:  Concerto for Flute and Harp K.299

Mozart:  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

 

Performed by:

Musicians from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor:  Adrian Butterfield

Soloists:

Britt Arend (harp)

Rebecca Hall (flute)

 

Biographies:

Adrian Butterfield
 
Adrian is a violinist, director and conductor who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Director of the London Handel Festival and regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players as well as working as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America with modern and period ensembles.
 
Born in London, he started playing the violin at the age of four, was a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral and went on to read music at Trinity College, Cambridge and study as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music.
 
He has conducted the major choral works of Bach as well as Handel's Israel in Egypt at St. George's, Hanover Square and La Resurrezione at Wigmore Hall, and has directed ensembles such as the London Mozart Players, the Croatian Baroque Ensemble in Zagreb and the Theatre of Early Music in Canada.
 
He is a founder-member of the London Handel Players who perform regularly at Wigmore Hall and throughout Europe and North America. They made their debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and return to Ottawa in July 2016. They have recorded several discs of Handel’s chamber music which have been highly acclaimed. The Revolutionary Drawing Room specialises in classical and romantic music on period instruments and has also performed in North America and Europe. A recording of quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Vanhal and Dittersdorf, A Viennese Quartet Party, was released by RDR to coincide with their 25th anniversary in 2015. Other recent CD releases include Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with Colin Lawson on Clarinet Classics and Geminiani's Op.1 sonatas (SOMM) by LHP in 2012. Adrian's world premiere complete recordings of Leclair's Books 1 and 2 violin sonatas were released in 2009 and 2013 on Naxos Records.
 
He directs a project annually with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London, gives masterclasses in Europe and North America and teaches on the Aestas Musica International Summer School of Baroque Music and Dance in Croatia and the Pro Corda Conservatoire Baroque Course in Suffolk.
 
Recent appearances include two broadcasts by BBC Radio 3, one in which he directed a ‘Handel and his European Connections’ programme with the London Handel Orchestra at Wigmore Hall and one with the London Handel Players at the Brighton Early Music Festival. In the London Handel Festival he conducted Handel’s Dixit Dominus and also the Chandos Te Deum in the church at Cannons for which it was written. He conducted the B minor Mass again at the Tilford Bach Festival in 2016 which was repeated at St. John’s, Smith Square in London.
 
Plans for the 2016/17 season include conducting the London Handel Orchestra in Mozart’s C minor Mass and Bach’s St. John Passion as well as further Chandos works, the making of a baroque dance video with the London Handel Players and a return with them to Wigmore Hall as well as the beginning of a complete Beethoven quartet cycle at St. John’s, Smith Square with the Revolutionary Drawing Room.
 
“How does a critic begin to describe the most perfectly performed musical experience in many years? By listing, of course, in a roll of honour, those who created it, beginning with the masterly Adrian Butterfield, whose sure direction (from the violin) and complete immersion in the idiom was undoubtedly responsible for the exceptional quality of the performance.”
Barry Creasy, musicOMH St. Matthew Passion, St. John’s, Smith Square, London 17th June 2015
 
"Technically and musically, Butterfield is a marvel"
Julie Anne Sadie, Gramophone Magazine, Leclair Book 2, Sept 2013
 
Britt Arend
 
Britt Arend studied with Susanna Mildonian at the Royal Conservatory (Koninklijk Conservatorium) in Brussels, where she obtained her Master's Degree with High Distinction.
She went on to study at the Hochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin, with Maria Graf; at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan; and then at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she got her Diploma di Perfezionamento with the highest marks.
 
Britt attended masterclasses with Isabelle Moretti, Susann MacDonald and Germaine Lorenzini, and took part in international summer courses with Susanna Mildonian at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Marie-Claire Jamet at the Festival des Arcs, Isabelle Moretti at the Festival of Gargilesse, and Maria Graf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
She performed with several professional orchestras, in Belgium (Opéra Royal de Wallonie and Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège), Germany (Dresdner Sinfoniker, Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Philharmonie der Nationen and Filharmonisch Orchester Kiel), Italy (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Accademia di San Giorgio di Venezia) and Ireland (RTÉ Concert Orchestra).
 
Britt is Principal Harp of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008.
 
Rebecca Hall
 
“Rebecca Hall ….flits above and around the striding orchestra like Tinker Bell chatting with Peter Pan.” (American Record Reviews)
 
“Rebecca Hall lends the work a fragile humanity as well as winged fantasy.” (Musicweb international)
 
Maltese - Canadian flutist Rebecca Hall has been at the forefront of music in Malta since moving to the island in 1996. Previously, Ms. Hall was five time finalist of the CIBC National Music Festival (Woodwind) and a finalist of the Laurence Beauregard International Flute Competition. She recorded frequently for CBC radio and television.
 
Ms. Hall’s performances in Malta have been dramatic and varied, from her almost two decades as Principal Flute of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra to her chamber music recitals with the Issa Ensemble and the Cosmos Wind Quintet. Her orchestral playing has been described as “beautiful, sensuous, sensitive and poetic...”.  As concerto soloist with the Malta Philharmonic, Rebecca Hall appears frequently with the Malta Philharmonic. Recent performances include 2009 (J. S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto 5), 2010 (Carl Nielsen Flute Concerto), the Suite in B Minor (Bach) and the Rodrigo Fantasia para un gentilhombre (2011), the Triple Concerto of J.S. Bach (2012) and the “Renaissance Concerto” by Lukas Foss under renowned British conductor Peter Stark for the Valletta International Baroque festival (2015).
 
Dr. Hall has a number of significant recordings with the Malta Philharmonic to her credit, including two cds featuring premiere recordings of works by Jadassohn and Kelly for the label Cameo Classics, which have been featured on BBC and ABC (Australia). A champion of Maltese and Canadian compositions, she has premiered and recorded works by Ruben Zahra, Charles Camilleri, Albert Garzia and Joseph Vella (Malta). With the Cosmos Ensemble she has just released a cd of all Maltese compositions for the group, entitled “Premieres”, as part of the Valletta 2018 preparations. Rebecca Hall is a muse of the celebrated Canadian composer Jack Behrens, whose works for flute were the subject of her Doctorate of Music thesis.
 
In addition to her busy performance schedule, Dr. Hall lectures in flute, baroque music and women in music for the University of Malta.
 
 

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