Music Club Concerts


2022-23 Season
Wed 5th October at 7:30pm
Philip Robinson (piano) - Guilnara Railenu (soprano) - Richard Owen (tenor)

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

Ghiulnara Raileanu was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, in 1984. She attended the College of Music “St. Neaga" (2004), and subsequently graduate and alumnus of the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts, Chisinau (2008), studying with the professor Tatiana Busuioc, Master of Arts.

Her notable roles includes title roles such as: Floria Tosca in “Tosca” by G. Puccini, Countess Rosina Almaviva in “The marriage of Figaro”, Desdemona in “Otello” by G. Verdi, Mimi in “La Boheme” and Liu in “Turandot”, etc.

Richard Lloyd Owen was born in Denbigh, North Wales. He originally studied Fine Art, gaining a BA (Hons). His passion for singing took him to the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, followed by Post Graduate Studies at the Trinity College of Music, London.

He has sung in various productions whilst a staff singer at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and as a principal at the Milan Festival of Music with European Chamber Opera. Richard has performed concerts in such venues as Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and throughout Sweden, Germany, plus venues in Colorado USA and Auckland New Zealand.

 

Wed 9th November at 6:45pm
Grantham Music Club Annual General Meeting

Venue: St Wulfram’s Church

Wed 9th November at 7:30pm
Joseph Beech (organ) - Sam Pierce (trumpet)

Venue: St Wulfram’s Church

Born in Nottingham, Joseph Beech trained as an organist at St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham. He held the Organ Scholarship at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He graduated with a first-class degree in 2017.
Prior to his current appointment Joseph was Assistant Master of the Music at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. He took up the post of Sub-Organist of Durham Cathedral in September 2019. This entails being the principal accompanist to the Cathedral Choir, playing the organ for daily services in addition to the choir's schedule of broadcasts, concerts, recordings and tours. He also assists the Master of the Choristers in his work conducting the choir, and recruiting and training the choristers.
Aside from his work at the Cathedral, Joseph maintains an active performance schedule, with recent and forthcoming concerts across the UK and in Germany, and also enjoys dedicating time to organ teaching.

Sam Pierce 

 

Wed 7th December at 7:30pm
The Mellstock Band

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

The Melstock Band entertain with a unique combination of singing, instrumental music and spoken word, encompassing west gallery harmony, traditional songs, glees, dances, marches, poems and stories.

As well as performing their popular themed costume shows, they play for dances, present workshops and provide rural sounds for all kinds of public and private events.

“Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Mellstocks.” (Susan Segal, Riverhouse Arts)

Wed 11th January 2023 at 7:30pm
Oliver Pashley (clarinet) - Ruth Rogers (violin) - Martin Cousin (piano)

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

Oliver Pashley (clarinet)

Oliver Pashley is a young London-based clarinettist and founding member of contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment. He holds the position of Sub-Principal Clarinet with Britten Sinfonia and plays regularly with orchestras and ensembles at home and abroad. Highly in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has played guest principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and English National Ballet.

Oliver has worked with many ensembles around the UK, including performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet at the Anghiari Festival and their Richmond concert series, Brahms’ Clarinet Trio with pianist Carole Presland and cellist Alasdair Tait, and unconducted performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Bristol Ensemble.

Oliver studied at the King’s School Grantham and Cambridge University, and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Ruth Rogers (violin)

Born in London in 1979, Ruth Rogers began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997 she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky, where she won many major prizes and awards. Ruth graduated in 2001 with First Class Honours and was awarded the Tagore Gold medal – the College’s highest accolade – by HRH The Prince of Wales.

As a soloist, Ruth’s playing has been described as “not calculated in any sense, her performance style and technique so assured that the music flows as a natural consequence of innermost understanding. Ruth Rogers must be one of the most gifted young violinists in Britain.” (Musical Opinion.) From 2008 until 2012 Ruth was the co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Ruth also performs with the John Wilson Orchestra. In March 2015 Ruth was appointed as one of the Leaders of the London Mozart Players. She regularly guest leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has performed concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, City of Oxford Orchestra, London Strings, and New London Soloists Orchestra.

As chamber musician, Ruth has performed at the Aldeburgh and Bath Festivals with the Tate Ensemble and with pianist John Lill in Shostakovich’s piano quintet. She is a member of the Iuventus String Quartet and the Aquinas Piano Trio and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble.

Martin Cousin (piano)

Martin Cousin is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded First Prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition (London).

Martin has appeared regularly in the major British musical venues since graduating from the Royal College of Music, making his London solo debut at the Purcell Room in 1998. Numerous solo recitals followed, notably at the Wigmore Hall in 2001,2005 and 2011. He has performed as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Concert Orchestras. Performances further afield have included tours of New Zealand, the US, Italy and concerts in Stockholm, Brussels, Toronto, Tokyo, Berne and The Hague.

2006 saw the release of his debut CD of Rachmaninov's Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon with SOMM Recordings. For Naxos, in 2022, he will record 2 discs of solo piano music by Anton Rubinstein and 2 discs of solo piano music by Liszt. Alongside his solo schedule, chamber music has taken him to Prague, Tokyo, Indonesia and Thailand, Zimbabwe and Barbados and he is a member of the Aquinas Piano Trio.

Martin's hands are also featured on the big screen in the Oscar-winning film "Shine", for the scenes involving Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.

Wed 15th February 2023 at 7:30pm
Equinox - Saxophone Ensemble

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

Versatile and original, the Equinox Saxophone Ensemble is a group of like-minded, accomplished saxophonists with a passion for exploring the possibilities the saxophone can offer. From early music, through classical transcriptions, original and contemporary works, folk and jazz, Equinox presents the saxophone as a chameleon-like instrument capable of taking on many personalities. The group's unique and compelling sound comes from the combination of instruments and the occasional use of electronics, keyboards and percussion, which provide variety and flexibility in the programming. Director Alistair Parnell is a leading proponent of electronic wind instruments, which are often featured in the Equinox line-up. Great emphasis is placed on presentation and making programmes accessible and enjoyable for a wide audience. Performances appeal to young and old, the regular concert-goer and casual listener alike.

Wed 22nd March 2023 at 7:30pm
Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin) - Junyan Chen (piano)

Venue: ChristChurch Finkin Street

 

Braimah Kanneh-Mason is a dynamic and versatile young violinist. He has performed throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Caribbean. An avid chamber musician, Braimah is a member of the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio, Cassadó Ensemble and Kaleidoscope Collective. He has performed at venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, Leicester International Chamber Music Festival and collaborated with artists such as Nicola Benedetti, Tom Poster and Priya Mitchell. Braimah is a passionate advocate for equal opportunity and diversity in music education. He has been a mentor at Sistema England, Junior Music Works and a violin tutor for consecutive years at the Antigua Music Camp. He is currently an artist in residence at Brighton College.
Braimah studied as a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music with Jack Liebeck and Mateja Marinkovic where he was awarded the Harold Craxton Prize, the John McAslan Prize and the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize.

Braimah currently performs on a Jean Baptiste Vuillame, kindly lent to him by the Beare’s International Violin Society.

 

Junyan Chen was born in Shanghai in 2000 and began her piano studies at the age of six with William Chen at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Middle School. She is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree with Joanna MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music, supported by a full scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and a generous anonymous donor.
Junyan worked with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017, Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner in 2019 and she has subsequently performed in many concert halls in China, including the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Shanghai Hall, Guangzhou Grand Theatre and Xiamen Concert Hall.
Competition successes include at the 2018 City of Vigo International Piano Competition in Spain, where she was the winner of the Silver Medal, People’s Choice Award, Best Spanish Composition Performance Award and City Award.
In 2016, Junyan was the winner of all of the piano categories at the Osaka International Music Competition in Japan. She also won the prestigious Osaka Prefecture Governor’s Award and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna Award.