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Hay Music: The Crayford, Welsh, Clemmow Piano Trio
Wednesday 1st May 2019, 7.30pm
Hay Music: The Crayford, Welsh, Clemmow Piano Trio
Hay Music and St Mary’s Church in association are delighted to welcome these three highly distinguished musicians who join forces for this special Mayday concert.

Haydn: Trio in G major Hob XV:25 - 'Gypsy Rondo'
Solos (details to follow) for violin, piano and 'cello
Piazzolla arr. Bragato: ‘Spring’ from ‘The Four Seasons’
Dvorak: 'Dumky' Trio Op. 90

Marcia Crayford made her Royal Festival Hall solo debut while still a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School and went on to perform concertos with Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Michael Tippett and Sir Simon Rattle.

For 25 years she was leader of the Nash Ensemble, which has a remarkable worldwide reputation for its performances of a wide range of music. She has made many prize-winning recordings with the ensemble and her performance of the Elgar Violin Sonata was named the benchmark in the BBC Music Magazine.

On leaving the Nash Ensemble she was invited to lead the London Symphony Orchestra working with many of the great conductors. She has appeared regularly as guest leader with all the major orchestras, and some highlights include the last Star Wars film with John Williams and the LSO, performances at Covent Garden and concerts at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

From 2010-2013 she was Co-Artistic Director and leader of the Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Soloists. In 2013 she formed the chamber ensemble Dragonfly with distinguished friends who have played together for many years. She was a mentor with the acclaimed Mendelssohn on Mull Festival from 2001-2016 and was also a mentor and teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for several years.

Caroline Clemmow has a rich and varied musical background. As a violinist she led the Kent Youth Orchestra and was subsequently awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes. She performs concertos and in solo recitals, she derives particular pleasure from chamber music, covering an extremely wide repertoire and has participated in many London concerts, given numerous broadcasts and played in major festivals.

An important part of her work was the celebrated duo with her husband, Anthony Goldstone, who died in 2017. They were critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CDs, building an international reputation. She has been described by the Daily Telelgraph as “the ideal chamber music partner” and has travelled widely as soloist and in chamber music, including an extensive tour of the former Soviet Union.

Moray Welsh has had a distinguished career as soloist and chamber music player, following the unique experience of studying for two years at the Moscow Conservatoire with the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. While still a student at York University the quality of his playing was recognised by Benjamin Britten, with whom he played the composer's Sonata for cello and piano. Britten followed this by arranging an introduction to Rostropovich, which led to an invitation to study in Moscow. In Britain he has played several times at the Proms, in all the major concert halls and with all the key symphony orchestras. He has toured abroad as a soloist with several British orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, the RPO, and BBC Scottish Symphony, and appeared as a soloist in Scandinavia, Europe, the USSR, the USA, and the Far East.

In the chamber music field, Moray Welsh has been a guest with numerous groups, including the Amadeus Quartet and all the major British String Quartets. He has recorded Bach Trio Sonatas with James Galway and Kyung Wha Chung, and has several times performed the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. Recent chamber music partners have included André Previn, Martin Roscoe, Peter Cropper, Yuri Bashmet, Midori, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Papp and Marcia Crayford.

He has been associated with a number of contemporary composers who have written works for cello, notably the Concerto by Hugh Wood, and he has premiered concertos by David Blake, Lennox Berkeley, Ronald Stevenson, Daniel Jones, George Nicholson, William Wordsworth and Alun Hoddinott, as well as championing works for cello and orchestra by Hans Gal, Sir Donald Tovey, Alexander Goehr, Joachim Raff, Havergal Brian, Herbert Howells and David Dorward.

For eighteen years Moray held a teaching post at the Royal Northern College of Music, and followed that as Principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. With the LSO he has often been heard as soloist in Don Quixote, the Tippett Triple Concerto, Beethoven Triple Concerto, the Elgar Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto, both in this country and abroad, under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis and André Previn.

Note: This event takes place at St. Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye.
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