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Nch Chamber Music Series

NCH International Guitar Series

Selected Evenings
January to April 2019

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Thursday 28th March 2019

Redmond O’Toole, 8 string Brahms guitar

Bach Violin Sonata No.1 BWV 1001
Haydn Sonata Hob.XVI /46  
Mertz La Romantique
Carlo Domeniconi Koyunbaba
Ian Wilson Cortege

In the fourth concert in a series of recitals curated by NCH and Redmond O’Toole, Redmond performs on the ground-breaking 8 string Brahms guitar, played in the position of a cello

Thursday 11th April 2019

Paul Gregory, guitar
Yoko Ono, piano

Guitarist Composers
M Giuliani  (1781-1829) Two Rondo op.68

Tarrega and his successors:
Tarrega  Preludes in E and A
         Capricho Arabe (Serenata)
         Maria (Gavota)
Fortea Toledo op.14
       Capricho Estudio  op.13 (for Emilio Pujol)
Ferrer Bolero op.39 for guitar and piano
R. Sainz de la Maza Petenera and Zapateado

South American Music
Villa-Lobos Valsa Concierto No.2 op.4 (completed Gregory)
Leo Brouwer Elogio de la Danza                
C Moscardini (1959) Duende Mulatos (Candombe)   
R Gnattali (1906-1988) Sonatina No.2 for guitar and piano (1957)
i. Allegro moderato ii. Saudoso iii. Ritmado

In this fifth concert in a series of six recitals curated by NCH and Redmond O’Toole, distinguished English guitarist Paul Gregory plays music from Spain and South America and is joined by pianist Yoko Ono for works by Carulli and Gnatalli

Thursday 25th April 2019

Gaëlle Solal, guitar

‘Bach & Villa-Lobos ‘
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Partita 2 BWV1004 (Tr. Solal)
Villa-Lobos Choro n°1                             
Ernesto Nazareth Brejeiro (arr. Solal)                    
Villa-Lobos Schottisch-choro                     
Pixinguinha Carinhoso (arr. Dyens)                
Villa Lobos Mazurka-choro                         
Jobim Chorando coraçao (arr. Bellinati)        
Villa-Lobos Étude 6                            
Baden Powell Choro pra metronomo                
Villa-Lobos Valse-choro                        
Hermeto Pascoal Bebe (arr. Soares)                    
Villa-Lobos Modinha (arr. Savias)                    
Egberto Gismonti Agua e vinho (arr. Solal)                
Villa-Lobos Étude 12                            
Garoto Lamentos no morro (arr. Solal)        
Villa-Lobos Gavota-choro                        
Guinga Cine Baronesa (arr. Tardelli)            
Villa-Lobos Tristorosa (arr. Solal)                    
Roland Dyens Tuhu (Hommage à Villa Lobos)

The last concert in a series of recitals curated by NCH and Redmond O’Toole, brings outstanding French guitarist Gaelle Solal to play a programme inspired by Bach and Villa-Lobos.



Paul Gregory
Paul Gregory started playing guitar at the age of 10. Later he also studied cello and composition in London. He gave his Wigmore Hall debut when 19. Three years later he won the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition in Spain. Paul has made many BBC Radio 3 programmes, including live broadcasts from the Wigmore Hall and Broadcasting House. He has been invited abroad including the Americas and Hong-Kong. Paul has been a visiting tutor to the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin and Chief External Examiner for the Royal Scottish Academy. Recently he has given master classes at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music in London and the Royal College in Dublin. The past year has seen tours in Denmark with flautist Marielle Way, a concert in Worcester Massachusetts and performances with the Corelli String Ensemble.

He has released recordings for Meridian and Claudio Records.
In 2002 Paul set up a guitar distribution company which now supplies shops in the UK with quality instruments and Luthier Guitar Strings. He co founded the composers group New Music Brighton and is artistic director of the Lunchtime Concerts at the Chapel Royal Brighton, which take place every Tuesday

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono received her early musical training in Japan and moved to London to join the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton. After leaving the Academy she studied with Maria Curcio and Benjamin Kaplan. Yoko has performed in many countries including the UK, China, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the USA. Her London debut at the Purcell Room received considerable public and critical acclaim. She has appeared at numerous venues and music festivals, including the Wigmore Hall, the European International Festival in Geneva, Musica Sienna, Arundel Festival, Brighton Festival, Dartington International Festival and Eastbourne Festival. She performed with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra,  has given several tours of Japan and she has toured China with her piano duo partner Clelia Iruzun. She was invited to perform and coach at the Apple Hill Centre for Chamber Music, New Hampshire, USA.

Gaelle Solal

Born in Marseille in 1978, Gaelle Solal began her musical studies at the age of 6 with Christian Bullot and Sylvain Cinquini[1] then with René Bartoli[2] at the Conservatoire de Marseille. At 14, she was unanimously awarded three gold medals (guitar, musical training, chamber music) and the 1st Grand Prix of the city of Marseille. At the age of 16, she entered the Conservatoire de Paris where she obtained the 1st Prize for guitar unanimously as well as the cycle of perfection with Roland Dyens. From the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Roberto Aussel to the Université du Québec in Montréal with Alvaro Pierri, her training is enriched by the master classes by A. Dumond, Carel Harms, Oscar Ghiglia, A. Goni and Leo Brouwer and Joaquin Clerch.

1st Grand Prize of the Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition (first French woman to win it), 2nd Prize of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America, she was finalist at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, winner of the Beracasa, Meyer, Contestabile Foundations. She then began an international career: Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Festival de Torroella de Montgrí, Salle Cortot, Théâtre de la Villette, Cité de la Musique, Purcell Room in London. Tours will follow in India, Africa, Southeast Asia, United States, Mexico, Canada and Germany. She has given concerts in about thirty countries. She performs in solo recital as well as in duo within the Astor duo (from 1996 to 2005), as a chamber musician with clarinet (Florent Héau, Antonio Salguero), violin (Marina Chiche), flute (Alfonso Rubio), bandoneon (Jérémy Vannereau), string quartet (Cuarteto Arcadia),[5]with the Chœur Nicolas de Grigny , the contemporary music ensemble "Zahir" and as a soloist with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, the French Republican Guard Band and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about contemporary music, she has performed Maurice Ohana's Concerto for the first time in Italy, the world premiere of N. Sekiya's Concerto with Kent Nagano, the premiere of three new pieces at the Córdoba Festival, the world premiere of a piece for clarinet and guitar by Félix Ibarrondo with Florent Héau.

Solal divides her time between concerts, master classes and international competition juries; she has taught at the Conservatories of Cordoba (2003 to 2004) and Seville (2004 to 2009).