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Luba Tunnicliffe (viola), Gamal Khamis (piano) play Clarke, Musgrave, Hindemith

Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for viola and piano - Rebecca Clarke
  2. In the Still of the Night - Thea Musgrave
  3. Sonata for viola and piano Op 25 No 4 - Paul Hindemith

Luba Tunnicliffe has performed solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall and St John's Smith Square, and made her debut as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra in June 2016. She won the Guildhall's Max and Peggy Morgan Award with the Bartok Viola Concerto and was viola soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Alexander Janiczek and the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra in Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican. She won the concerto prize at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.

She received a first class honours degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk. She also participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin as part of her course, and received lessons from Simone Jandl. Previously, she studied with Jacky Woods.

Her flute, viola and harp trio, the Pelléas Ensemble won the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award and the ROSL Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Ensemble in 2017, and the 2016 St Martin-in-the-fields Chamber Music Competition. They have commissioned several new works for the ensemble; they premiered Misha Mullov-Abbado's Three Meditation Songs in the Wigmore Hall, London in November 2016 and Benjamin Graves' Scherzo in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series in April 2017. The Pelléas Ensemble are Tillett Trust and Tunnell Trust Young Artists.

Luba is a member of the award-winning Ruisi String Quartet; founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe. The quartet are grateful for the long-term loan of a specially made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.

In 2014, Luba was chosen to be on the London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme; since then she has played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Britten Sinfonia. She has also appeared twice on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' with Hannah Watson (piano) and the Pelléas Ensemble.

Luba has been the grateful recipient of awards from the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Help Musicians UK, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund (Sidney Perry Award), the Hattori Foundation, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust where she is also on the Recital Scheme. She is a recipient of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists through Making Music UK.

After gaining a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London, Gamal completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Niel Immelman, Simon Lepper, Ashley Wass and Andrew Ball. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of ten, and has since appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Oxford Lieder Festival, Buxton Festival and Chipping Campden Festival, among many others. He has participated in festivals in Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA, and has been lucky to work with musicians including Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Paul Badura-Skoda, Leon Fleisher and Robert Levin, among many others.

Gamal has won major prizes at the Norah Sande, ESO Young Soloist and Christopher Duke piano competitions, as well the Award for Accompanists at the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League competition and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize at the 2017 Ferrier Awards. He has performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Finzi, with the University of London Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra, and many other UK orchestras. Gamal has given world premieres of works by Timothy Salter, Andrew Toovey, Eleanor Alberga, Howard Skempton, Shiva Feshareki and Charlotte Harding, and has also worked with Thomas Adès and Mark-Anthony Turnage on their solo piano compositions. His playing has also been broacast several times on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and Dutch radio, as well as Danish and Arabic television.

Gamal is an Artist with the Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Samling, and is a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet who won the Elias Fawcett Trust Award at the 2016 ROSL Music Competition, and recently made their Wigmore Hall debut. He also performs regularly with Sinfonia Cymru. Gamal would like to thank The Carne Trust, Help Musicians UK, Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust, Kathleen Trust, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, and The Tillett Trust for their generous support.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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