Philippa Mo and Martin Fogel
violin and guitar
Friday 2 December, 6.30pm
Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner to follow
“A little cracker” – The Times
“In particular Mo’s lyrical phrasing of the recurring theme which comes to characterise the love of Werther for Charlotte was full of tenderness and beauty…” – Opera Today
“she possesses a silky-smooth legato” – Musicweb International
Philippa Mo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Philippa now performs extensively as a chamber musician. She has given concertos and chamber performances all over Europe, including her acclaimed debut at the Wigmore Hall, recitals at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, St John’s, Smith Square, London, the Deutsches Museum, Munich, the Natural History Museum, Ulaan Bataar, when she was invited as the only British musician to participate as soloist in the International Music Festival of Contemporary Music, Mongolia in 2002. Philippa has also been invited to play at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and The Tate St Ives in the UK and more further afield at the Ankara International Music Festival and the Lincoln Center, New York.
A champion of contemporary music, Philippa has given workshops on British music at the Central Conservatory, Beijing and at Bilkent and Hacettep Universities in Ankara, Turkey. She coached students of the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Kazakhstan in Almaty 2007-09.
She has worked closely with many leading British composers including David Matthews, John McCabe, Jim Aitchison and Errollyn Wallen and has given premieres of their solo and violin duo works, most recently a new concerto by Jim Aitchison at Truro Cathedral with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra for the innovative technology project , the Online Orchestra project.
In 2015 Philippa premiered a new solo work by composer Jim Aitchison alongside his monumental solo work Shibboleth at CAST, Helston and at the Porthmeor studios, St Ives, and this year, continues her successful collaboration with the Tate, St Ives with a a newly commissioned solo work by Leo Geyer to celebrate the anniversary of the Hepworth Garden.
Philippa plays with the award winning contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales and recently led Massanet’s Werther for English Touring Opera in a new chamber arrangement. She was appointed to the post of Senior Lecturer in Violin at Leeds College of Music in 2015.
Philippa was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2015. She plays a violin by Julius Cesare Gigli from 1786. Philippa is also the founding member of the Retorica violin duo:
“The two violins are wielded with enough delicacy and charm to immerse the listener into some really penetrating expression on the vivid scale of a full symphony orchestra” – British Music Society News
“…faultless technique and unfailing insight.” Gramophone Magazine
Martin Fogel is one of the most prominent guitarists to emerge from Sweden in recent years; he has received great critical acclaim for his artistry in Swedish, UK and Japanese press: “a Swedish genius” (CD Journal, Japan), “exudes easy charm” (Classical Music, UK), “sheer magic” (Classical Guitar Magazine, UK).
Martin was recently honoured with the award of becoming an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), in London. As well as touring extensively in his home country, he regularly performs in England, Japan and throughout Europe. He first appeared on Swedish national TV at the age of 18, and has since given live broadcasts as well as interviews on both national TV and radio. A graduate from both the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Gothenburg School of Music, Martin went on to become a prize winner in several major national and international competitions including the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s Scholarship Awards, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition and the Toru Takemitsu Competition in Finland.
Martin has performed at the Stockholm Concert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall and with the Turku Symphony Orchestra in Finland. Martin is the artistic director of Lidköping Music Festival, which is now in its 13th year.
Listen to Martin play Heitor Villa-Lobos: Prelude no.1 in E minor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYfaHo7n4V4
The concert will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by Sladers Yard’s award-winning Licensed Café. The £15 ticket price buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian dishes with salads and vegetables. Drinks, desserts and cheese can be ordered from the wine list and menu and will be billed on the night.