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A Deux Duo perform works for flute and harp by Schumann, Schubert and Franck

Friday December 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Widmung, from Myrthen, 26 songs for voice and piano Op 25 - Robert Schumann, arranged by Gabriella Jones
  2. Caprice Arabe for 2 pianos Op 96 - Camille Saint-Saëns, arranged by Gabriella Jones
  3. 1st movement: Andante con moto - Allegro molto, from Sonata for flute and harp - Adrian Shaposhnikov
  4. Litanei, from Franz Schuberts geistliche Lieder, transcribed for piano S 562 - Franz Liszt, arranged by Gabriella Jones
  5. 4th Movement - Allegretto poco mosso, from Sonata for violin and piano in A FWV 8 - César Franck, arranged by Gabriella Jones

À Deux is a dynamic flute and harp duo based in London. Mark and Gabriella met in 2013 while studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They have played in many masterclasses and have toured extensively in the Highland region of Scotland.

À Deux are currently working on a recital series titled ‘Classical Music in Alternative Spaces,’ which aims to take flute and harp music to a diverse and more varied audience, creating an accessible and inviting atmosphere. This duo has an enthusiastic outlook on transcriptions and has gained a reputation for challenging the boundaries of their instruments.

Mark Taylor is currently a member of the Southbank Sinfonia and studying with Robert Winn at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. He recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with First Class Honours and one of the prestigious Concert Recital Diplomas. Whilst at Guildhall he studied with Philippa Davies, Ian Clarke, Sarah Newbold and Sharon Williams (piccolo). Prior to this he received his musical training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Academy of Music and the Music School of Douglas Academy.

Mark has had competition success winning the Guildhall Needlemakers Woodwind Prize, The Glasgow Music Festival Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize for most outstanding performance in the Festival (2010 with trio & 2011 solo), The Gilbert Innes Woodwind Prize from the RCS and the Michael Stokes Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the West of Scotland Schools Orchestra Trust.

Mark has a growing freelance career with orchestras around the U.K including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His chamber ensemble, À Deux Duo with harpist Gabriella Jones enjoy a varied performance schedule including tours of Scotland, Wales and Germany. They were recently awarded first prize in the Ensemble Category at the Camac Harp Competition.

As a soloist he has performed recitals and concertos in concert halls around the UK including Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh, Milton Court and Leeds College of Music.

Marks studies have been generously supported by the Guildhall School, Musicians Hostel Trust, Donald Dewar Arts Foundation and The Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Fund.

Born in Wales in 1993, Gabriella began harp, flute and violin lessons age 13. As principal of the Greater Gwent Symphony Orchestra which she had the opportunity to play at the Royal Albert Hall, tour Poland and Germany, and make her concerto debut aged 16 at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Gabriella has received masterclasses from Anneleen Lenearts, Marisa Robles, Elizabeth Fontaine-Binoche, Helga Stock, and Sioned Williams. Since 2012 Gabriella has played as principal with several London based orchestras; Melos Sinfonia in St John’s Smith Square, Aleph Orchestra, London Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Brittanica. Gabriella has played under the many of the world's leading conductors including Antonio Pappano, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Gabriella is passionate about opera and has recently performed Britten's Albert Herring, with Opera de Baugé. Gabriella is generously supported in her studies by the Laura Ashley Foundation.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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