Live from St James: Vivaldi's Four Seasons | Saturday, 28 November | 7:45PM
SATURDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2020 - 7:45PM
The Piccadilly Sinfonietta with star violinist Harriet Mackenzie and pianist Warren Mailley-Smith take the stage online live from St James's Piccadilly in central London. The concert features Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major and Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
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SATURDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2020 - 8:00PM
Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
HARRIET MACKENZIE, VIOLIN
Harriet Mackenzie is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and has performed across five continents. Her recordings include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the English Symphony Orchestra and these have received international acclaim, including Five Stars in The Times (Richard Morrison) and have also frequently appeared in the 'Top Recordings of The Year' lists. These include a nomination for 'Recording of The Year' in Music Web International: "There is a completeness, a confidence, an honesty and a consistent lyrical beauty that has moved me again and again. These qualities all emerge in Harriet Mackenzie’s utterly magisterial performance....Performances and recording are first-class throughout. Harriet Mackenzie’s commitment to these composers and these works is obvious, her performances are riveting." (Richard Hanlon, 2017); Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine and Editor's Choice in Classical Source. She has recorded as a soloist and chamber musician on the NMC, Signum, Naxos, Nimbus and Dutton labels. Live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Hungarian National Radio. A multi-faceted virtuoso, she is also fascinated by world music styles and composes and improvises in many different styles. She also made her directing debut in 2016 when she directed and performed with the London-Vienna Kammerorchester in Piazzolla/Deyatnikov 'Four Seasons of Buenos Aires' in Auditorio National, Madrid and has continued to direct ensembles since then including her own string orchestra - the 'Celoniatus Ensemble' named after her 1730 Italian violin.
In addition to her solo work she is a lover of chamber music and is a founder member of Kosmos Ensemble Karolos and also performs with pianists Christopher Glynn, Anna Tilbrook, Danny Driver; and guitarists Morgan Szymanski, Craig Ogden and James Boyd.
Harriet graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class honours, M.Mus and DipRAM. In 2015 she was awarded the Richard Carne Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and in the same year, she was also made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) recognising her contribution to music. In 2020 Harriet was honoured to be made Associate Artist of Salisbury International Festival and also in the same year, a Director of the Jersey International Liberation Festival.
WARREN MAILLEY-SMITH, PIANO
In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series at several venues.
He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he regularly gives over 60 solo performances a year.
His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the uk and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.
He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 12-disc set for Sleeveless Records.
He is also an active chamber musician and is the Artistic Director of the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series and The Piccadilly Sinfonietta.
Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in increasing demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music and Trinity Junior Departments and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.
Warren has a keen interest in outreach work, collaborating with Live Music Now, Lost Chord and Music Hubs around the UK.
His website is www.warrenmailley-smith.com, where you can hear and watch his playing online, buy his recordings and follow his career.
“Rapidly establishing himself as one of the best pianists of his generation Warren Mailley-Smith is that rare exceptional talent who turns out to be utterly charming and down to earth with a gentle, self-depreciating sense of humour. Combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, these attributes have made him a favourite for both audiences and St Martin’s staff alike.” St Martin in the Field, Staff Pick of the Month, Aug 2010
THE PICCADILLY SINFONIETTA
The Piccadilly Sinfonietta was formed in 2018 and during its debut season was made resident orchestra at St James’ Church, Piccadilly, with a packed schedule of concerts in 2019-20 in London, Manchester and further afield.
Launched under the artistic direction of British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, the orchestra is formed from some the UK’s leading young professional talent, with notable guest leaders so far having included violinists Zoey Beyers and Harriet Mackenzie.
Their repertoire draws largely from a wide range of baroque and classical works for chamber orchestra including a number of virtuoso concerti.