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Chris Hopkins (piano) performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No 19 with Blaze Ensemble

Friday July 13, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Symphony No 6 in D 'Le Matin' - (Franz) Joseph Haydn
  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 19 in F K459 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Blaze Ensemble was established in 1997 and aims to give high quality chamber music concerts featuring a diverse range of works: from the baroque to the contemporary, from trios to large ensemble works, from popular mainstream repertoire through to the less familiar.

Our inaugural concert included the Dohnanyi Sextet and the Kegelstatt Trio at St. James's, Piccadilly. The name 'Blaze Ensemble' derives from the group's association with the music production company, Blaze Music; the very first concert was set up to mark the creation of Blaze Music.

The majority of Blaze Ensemble performances take place as part of established lunchtime chamber music series in venues around central London. Blaze Ensemble also undertakes performances around the UK and overseas including concerts in Florence, Italy and Switzerland.

Now in our 21st season, we will be performing at a wide variety of venues including St. James's Piccadilly, St Olave's, Blackheath Halls, St Bride's and returning to St. Martin-in-the- Fields.

Conductor and pianist Chris Hopkins is enjoying a busy season working on a wide range of projects, with opera and symphony concerts alongside concertos, solo and chamber recitals. This season he makes his ENO main stage debut conducting performances at the London Coliseum, alongside work at Garsington Opera, other ENO productions and concerts at Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s, Smith Square and others. Previously he has worked with WNO, NI Opera, Holland Park Opera, Wide Open Opera, Opera Danube, OTC Ireland, and performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, in the US, Asia and extensively in Europe as well as live and recorded appearances on BBC 1, Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Chris continues into an eighth season as Musical Director of Orchestra of the City with whom he has conducted a vast array of works from standard symphonic repertoire to world premiere commissions, with soloists including Guy Johnston, Min Kym, Mary Bevan, Ivana Gavric, Josef Spacek, Daniel Hope, Thomas Gould and Charlie Siem, this season continuing their residency at St James Piccadily alongside appearances in Tribe International Art Festival and elsewhere. He continues to be in demand with a wide range of ensembles including at Presteigne Festival, London Mozart Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Blaze Ensemble and has had the pleasure of premiering works by composers including Colin Matthews, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, David Matthews, Thomas Hyde, Detlev Glanert, Gilad Hochman and the Pet Shop Boys.

Chris is currently a member of the permanent music staff at English National Opera and with this company and others has been assistant conductor to Mark Wigglesworth, David Parry, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ryan Wigglesworth, Trevor Pinnock, William Lacey, Jane Glover, Christian Curnyn, Dominic Wheeler on a wide range of productions.

As a pianist, Chris has played for audiences around the world, performing solo and chamber music in New York, Japan, Singapore, Europe and London as well working with orchestras in a range of concertos, from Bach to Mozart, Rachmaninov, Beethoven (complete) Shostakovich and Gershwin; this season he tackles Mozart's concertos Nos 15, 16, 19, 22, 23 and 24, Brahms's No 1, Rachmaninov's No 2 and Prokofiev's No 3.

Chris was honoured in 2013 to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Free concert (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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