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Retorica Duo - Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo (violins)

Thursday November 16, 2017 at 19:30
St Paul's Church, Canterbury
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  1. Sonata for 2 violins, No 5 in B minor TWV 40:105 - Georg Philipp Telemann
  2. Étude-Caprice No 1 Op 18 - Henryk Wieniawski
  3. 44 Duos for 2 Violins Sz 98; BB 104 - Bela Bartók
  4. Sonata for 2 violins in C Op 56 - Gabriel Prokofiev
  5. Passacaille from Harpsichord Suite No 7 in G minor HWV 432 - George Frideric Handel, arranged for violin and viola by Johan Halvorsen

Philippa and Harriet met at the Royal Academy of Music, London and discovered their passion for contemporary music as well as the wealth of rarely heard repertoire for two violins.

Since they started playing together in 2010, Retorica have performed all over the world. Highlights of their performing career include recitals at some of the most prestigious halls in China, including the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts. Other highlights include a performance in Odessa, Ukraine as part of the 2D2N Festival, where Retorica showcased seven new commissions by leading British composers and in the Barbican Centre as part of the Park Lane Young Artists Series in the Mostly Mozart Festival.

The uniqueness of Retorica lies in the quality of the two players as they perform in such a rare and expressive formation of a violin duo, as well as the largely unexplored wealth and quality of repertoire for two violins and orchestra. They are also proud to be expanding the repertoire and aware they are creating a legacy with recent commissions for John McCabe, David Matthew, Dmitri Smirnov, Jim Aitchison, Robert Fokkens and Sadie Harrison.

St Paul's Church
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