Fri 8 Feb, SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church
A Grade I, G.F. Bodley designed church and adjoining cloister that forms part of St Stephen's House, a Permanent Private Hall of the University.
Recently updated as a concert venue, SJE has underfloor heating and new lighting, comfortable chairs, a new toilet block, staging, and a Steinway D concert grand piano. The acoustic is superb.
SJE is on the Iffley Road opposite the University Sports Ground. Buses from Oxford city centre stop directly outside. Buses from London stop five minutes' walk away in St Clement's.
Capacity: 400 - 500
Disabled access and toilet.
Bar on site for most events.
A selection of Green Rooms for performers.
Public car parks at St Clement's and behind Tesco on Cowley Road.
Limited parking for performers and Blue Badge holders in the college and, for some events, extra parking for the general public nearby
Walking: approx. 25 mins
By Bus: approx. 15 mins, from Westgate (Stop E1), Bus 3 or 3A to Rose Hill, James Street West Stop. Also X90 and BROOKESbus U5
By car: approx. 5
109a Iffley Road,
The Lives and Music of 19th century women composer...
The Solarek Piano Trio was formed in 1992 and has established itself as a versatile and dedicated ensemble with a warm and communicative approach. They have performed in many major British venues including the Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, St David’s Hall Cardiff and have made several tours of Europe.
Marina, Miriam and Diana have made it their mission to give a platform to still neglected 19th and 20th century women composers like Lili Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Louise le Beau, Germaine Tailleferre, Rebecca Clarke and the almost completely undiscovered Johanna Senfter.
The Trio’s concerts are well known for their informative and entertaining introductions. Sparkling performances combined with a friendly convivial atmosphere send audiences home elated.
The Solarek Trio are collaborating for this event with author Anna Beer, a Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, whose 2016 celebration and exploration of the achievements of female composers through the centuries, ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music’, was shortlisted for the RPS Creative Communication prize. Anna has worked with a number of musicians since the book’s publication aiming to bring these previously neglected composers’ works to new audiences.
Duration: 2 hours 15mins with interval
The Lives and Music of 19th century women composers presented by the Solarek Piano Trio and Anna Beer
Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983): Trio pour piano, violon et violoncello Tailleferre’s Trio, unlike many of her other compositions, is quite Ravelian with hints of Chausson and Fauré. This is an exceptional piece infused with a ravishing Gallic beauty.
Amy Beach (1867-1944): Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 150 A luscious and unabashedly romantic work, mixing French Impressionism and Brahmsian thematicism. Beach has a remarkable ear for harmony and harmonic colour.
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918): D’un Matin De Printemps pièces en trio This is a very fast and lively composition written in the Impressionistic style. The strong ending of the piece attests to Boulanger’s inner vitality, despite her physical frailness.
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979): Piano Trio Clarke’s Trio is conservative in its harmonic language but at the same time her musical language is daring, complex and imaginative in its texture. In this truly dramatic trio, a very emotional and angst-ridden ?rst movement is followed by an atmospheric second movement – the string players being muted throughout – with a ?nal movement drawing on the rhythms of dance.