St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

The Amici Trio

Friday, 20 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

The Amici Trio

Elsie Woollard – oboe
Mark Gibbs – viola
Christopher Atkinson – piano

C Debussy

Clair De Lune

Ross Edwards

Two Pieces for Solo Oboe

Ulpirra

R Schumann

Märchenbilder

4. Langsam, mit melancholischen Ausdruck

A Piazzolla

Oblivion

August Klughardt

Schilflieder

1. Langsam, träumerisch

2. Leidenschaftlich erregt

3. Zart, in ruhiger Bewegung

4. Feurig

5. Sehr ruhig

J S Bach

Arioso

Since forming last year, The Amici Trio - oboist Elsie Woollard, violist Mark Gibbs and pianist Christopher Atkinson - has given numerous recitals around London.  Christopher and Mark were working together as duo partners for nine years before they were joined by Mark's partner Elsie on oboe.

Christopher Atkinson is a pianist and conductor based in London. He studied his undergraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (2013), where he won numerous prizes for chamber music under the tutelage of Mikhail Kazakevich. He went on to study an MA in Piano Accompaniment and Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music (2016). He has participated in masterclasses given by Martino Tirimo, Mauro Landi, Bengt Forsberg and Pascal Rogé. Since making his concerto debut in London (2012), Christopher has performed solo concertos, recitals and chamber music throughout the UK and Europe. His career as an accompanist and chamber musician has taken him to major UK venues such as Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall and St John's Smith Square. As a conductor he is founder of Ensemble Lunaire and London Beethoven Project. He has guest conducted with Orchestra Vitae and London Phoenix Orchestra.

Mark Gibbs completed his Bachelor's degree at the Royal College of Music with Jonathan Barritt and Kathron Sturrock. During this time he successfully applied to study with Czech violist Jan Peruška at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague for 6 months. Mark was part of the 2015 Southbank Sinfonia orchestra and has also taken part in concerts with the LPO Future Firsts programme and was invited to take part in the London Sinfonietta Academy.

In 2014 Mark was offered a position in the Macao Orchestra in China, working with them in September and October 2014.  Since then he has played with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, English National Opera and City of Birmingham Symphony. He also regularly performs with the pit orchestra in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, London.

Mark is a keen chamber musician and has performed recitals throughout London and the South East. He has performed numerous concertos, including Telemann's Viola Concerto with Solistes de Musique Ancienne and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Ensemble Lunaire.

Elsie Woollard completed her Undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music studying under David Theodore and Ruth Bolister in 2016 with Distinction. During her time at the RCM she played under conductors such as John Wilson, Nicholas Collon and Vladimir Jurowski. She also won the RCM Evelyn Rothwell Oboe prize in 2015 and was selected to take part in the English National Opera 'Evolve' and Philharmonia 'Enrichment' Schemes.  Whilst still studying, Elsie was invited to perform with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera.  Elsie has also performed with the London Mozart Players, London Concert Orchestra, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  She is also a regular deputy for The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End. In her spare time Elsie is studying for her NVQ in British Sign Language and hopes to qualify as an interpreter in Theatre and Opera in the future.

Since forming last year, The Amici Trio - oboist Elsie Woollard, violist Mark Gibbs and pianist Christopher Atkinson - has given numerous recitals around London. They strive to perform works or arrangements for this combination. Between them, the members of the trio have performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera. This lunchtime programme consists of solo, duet and trio performances, including Bach, Schumann and Piazzolla, and promises to refresh you for the rest of the day.