St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Katherine Clarke – viola, Ben Smith – piano

Tuesday, 13 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Katherine Clarke – viola, Ben Smith – pianoKatherine Clarke – viola, Ben Smith – piano

H Vieuxtemps

Elegie for viola and piano

I Stravinsky

Elegie for solo viola

F Bridge

Elegie for viola and piano

Raymond Yiu

Elegiac Fragments for viola solo (world premiere of complete work)

Paul Patterson

Elegiac Blues for viola and piano

Katherine Clarke is a talented viola player, with a particular interest in contemporary repertoire and a versatility that allows her to explore many different aspects of music, from playing in chamber groups to performing solo recitals. Having completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, she went on to achieve a Distinction in her Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with scholarships from the Goldsmiths' Company and the Guildhall School Trust. She enjoys working with composers to write new works for the viola, showcasing the depth and range of this underrated instrument.

Katherine is a keen chamber musician and has performed with various ensembles at St John's Smith Square, LSO St Luke's, the National Gallery and the British Museum, and has recorded at Abbey Road Studios. She performs regularly in several chamber groups including the Viella Duo, a violin and viola duo, who specialise in lesser known works for this interesting combination. Combining her love of chamber and contemporary music, Katherine is a member of Echoshed, an experimental music collective, and has premiered many works for a variety of chamber ensembles. She was chosen to take part in the London Sinfonietta Academy in July last year, where she rehearsed and performed alongside players of the London Sinfonietta, the world's leading contemporary music ensemble.

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Ben Smith is a London-based composer and performer specialising in contemporary music. His compositions and writings are often concerned with phenomenological and semiotic approaches to material and repetition, the foregrounding of silence as a formal parameter, and objects from visual art and poetry (recent works have involved research into Hokusai, Bashō, Sappho, Agnes Martin, and Old English laments). As a pianist he is known for his daring and virtuosic performances, which traverse the extremes of the contemporary repertoire, with an aesthetic purview ranging from New Complexity to Wandelweiser.

Ben completed his undergraduate degree at City University in 2015, where he won the final year prize for outstanding performance and composition, studying with Ian Pace and Newton Armstrong. While there he wrote works for Mark Knoop, EXAUDI, and Plus-Minus Ensemble, and gave a number of solo and two piano recitals committed to presenting lesser-known contemporary works alongside mainstays of the repertoire (including the UK premiere of Evan Johnson's "atendant, souffrir", lists, little stars, with Ian Pace). Ben has a scholarship in piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also won the 2017 Tracy Chapman Prize for his composition alone; silently. He currently studies with Rolf Hind and Laurence Crane.

Recent performances have included: Julian Anderson (BBC Total Immersion); Tansy Davies, Gérard Grisey, Simon Steen-Anderson, Oliver Knussen, and Rolf Wallin (London Sinfonietta Academy); Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, and Helmut Lachenmann (Milton Court Concert Hall), Rasmus Zwicki [World Premiere] (Wigmore Hall); Conlon Nancarrow and David Lang (Occupy The Pianos); Michael Finnissy [WP, UKP] (Bright Futures, Dark Pasts: Michael Finnissy at 70); Philip Glass (BBC Total Immersion); and Patrícia Sucena de Almeida [WP] (Transit: Festival voor nieuwe muziek).

www.bensmithmusic.co.uk

Katherine Clarke is a talented viola player, with a particular interest in contemporary repertoire. She enjoys working with composers to write new works for the viola, showcasing the depth and range of this underrated instrument. She has recently achieved a Distinction in her Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with scholarships from the Goldsmiths' Company and Guildhall School Trust.

katherineclarkeviola.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/katherineclarkeviola/

https://twitter.com/kclarkeviola

Ben Smith is a London-based composer and performer specialising in contemporary music. He is interested in - amongst other things - phenomenological and semiotic approaches to musical analysis, and compositional encounters with silence and repetition. Ben graduated from City University in 2015, and currently studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rolf Hind and Laurence Crane.

www.bensmithmusic.co.uk