Many local people were deeply disappointed when it was announced in 2016 that Manchester Camerata’s annual orchestral concerts at the Gatehouse Theatre would no longer be supported.
Nevertheless, Camerata have maintained their outreach commitment to our Stafford area and there is an opportunity to see the Orchestra’s co-leader, virtuoso violinist Rakhi Singh when she performs at Adbaston (near Eccleshall) on Sunday, 5th March, supported by French pianist, Guillaume Mathias.
They will play a programme of violin and piano music, including works by Beethoven, Ysaye, Prokofiev and Bartok.
The concert is at 5:30pm in the mediaeval Adbaston Church, which has excellent acoustics; tickets are £8 (at the door or reserved via 01785-850967) and include an interval drink and refreshments. Postcode for satnav is ST20 0QE.
About the artists:
Born in Wales to an Indian father and English mother, Rakhi Singh first picked up a violin at the age of 3. She attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, winning many national competitions while still a teenager, including the Audi Junior Musician prize after performing Bruch’s violin concerto with the London Philharmonic live on Classic FM, aged just 14! She has gone on to a career playing concertos, recitals, leading and guest leading many UK orchestras including the RLPO, CBSO, Orpheus Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and LCO. As well as her role as co-leader of Manchester Camerata, she is Music Director of Manchester Collective, a new and exciting chamber ensemble.
Rakhi is not just an accomplished violinist, she is also an explorative musician. She has been involved with a number of collaborations over the years, most notably as a solo violinist with the National Dance Company of Wales and Clod Ensemble. Throughout 2017 she will be performing with the internationally acclaimed Scottish Ensemble in their collaboration of Goldberg Variations with Swedish company Andersson Dance.
Award-winning pianist, Guillaume Mathias has recently moved from his home city Paris to be based in the UK, where he is teaching, performing and working for the Kodaly Society of Wales and Music’all in London. Through his successful international career, he has proven to be a wonderful musician, exploring the sounds of what the piano has to offer, often working with star instrumentalists like Rakhi Singh.
Note on the Adbaston Community Concert Society (ACCS):
Each year, ACCS puts on four high-standard, usually classical concerts [occasionally jazz] in the mediaeval Adbaston church*, which has very good acoustics.
Our aim is to make professional concert level music available in the semi-rural Salops/Staffs area, at an affordable price of £8: audience around 60 – 80 people, sometimes more.
We try to give a platform to regional professionals and to developing talents who will benefit from the exposure and in building their concert CVs
There are several local patrons and most concerts are kindly subsidised by SDAC [Stafford district Arts council] and/or others e.g. Manchester Camerata for this concert, as part of the orchestra’s outreach programme.