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Hay Music: Clare Hammond
Sunday 12th August 2018, 3pm
Hay Music: Clare Hammond

Hay Music is thrilled to welcome back the outstanding young pianist Clare Hammond who has won friends worldwide with her charm and empathic personality combined with supreme pianistic virtuosity, musical intelligence, and sensitivity.

Haydn: Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob XVI: 48
Edmund Finnis: Youth (2017)
Mendelssohn: The Bee's Wedding Op. 67, No. 4
Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Rachmaninov): Flight of the Bumblebee
Campbell: Flight of the Killer Bee (2013)
Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse
Chopin: Etudes, Op. 25

Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award' in recognition of outstanding achievements. Highlights that year included a performance at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia and a series of three concerts at the Belfast International Arts Festival, broadcast as part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts series. In the 2017/18 season, Clare performed Edwin Roxburgh’s Concerto for Piano and Winds with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Michael Seal and Panufnik’s Piano Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Jacek Kaspszyk. She has just made the world premiere recording of two keyboard concertos by Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan for BIS Records. BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have co-commissioned composer Kenneth Hesketh to write a concerto for Clare, to be premiered in 2019 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Clare’s most recent disc for BIS, of music by Ken Hesketh, has been widely praised with the Observer describing her as a “star interpreter of contemporary music”. Her previous release, ‘Etude’, received unanimous critical acclaim for its “unfaltering bravura and conviction” (Gramophone) while the BBC Music Magazine stated that “this array of wizardry is not for the faint hearted”.

Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook doctoral study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with Professor Rhian Samuel at City University London.

Clare’s programme opens with Haydn’s sonata no 58, a two movement work written in 1789 combining spontaneity with introspection. It is followed by a new work by London based composer Edmund Finnis whose recent works have been described as ‘ethereally beautiful’ New York Times, ingenious….diaphanous…brimming with erotic imagery Herald Scotland. ‘Edmund Finnis is a 34- year- old composer who creates glistening, dancing music with an air of diffident mystery. It is mentally tough, often focusing on just a few elements which are carefully weighed and transformed. But the sounds themselves are delicate and glowing, with an intriguing quality of being familiar and strange at once’ The Telegraph, Ivan Hewitt.

Three short pieces follow on the theme of the flight of bees, Mendelssohn, Rimsky –Korsakov, and another young British composer Ewan Campbell.

After a short interval Clare Hammond’s recital continues with Debussy’s Isle Joyeuse (The Island of Joy), probably his happiest, extrovert and most exuberant exciting work. The concert ends with Chopin’s Opus 25 book of 12 Études. These are a collection of the most beautiful but technically challenging works demanding the very highest pianistic skills. The series ends with what some consider the most thrilling piece of piano writing in the whole classical repertoire!

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Please note: this concert takes place at Dorstone House, HR3 6AW. Follow the B4348 6 miles east of Hay. Car parking is in a field next to the church and will be signposted. Concert goers are welcome to come and picnic in the large garden and arboretum from 1.00 pm. After the concert tea and cakes will be provided by Dorstone volunteers raising funds for the Friends of the Church and the Village Hall.
Price: £15.00