Beethoven Chamber Music and Songs – Wednesday 4th March

Wednesday 4th March at 7.45pm

John Barker (baritone) and Helen Cawthorne (piano) return to Elmslie House — following two successful recitals in 2019 — with a varied all-Beethoven programme, in the composer’s 250th anniversary year.

An opening group of songs for voice and piano, including the impassioned ‘Adelaide’, will be followed by a performance of the Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 1, an early and unforgettably arresting statement of intent from the young composer, as he sought to establish himself in Vienna. 

The second half of the concert opens with the great song-cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ (‘To the distant beloved’) — ground-breaking, inspirational for subsequent song composers such as Schumann, and both heart-breaking in its intimacy and characteristic in the triumphantly hopeful spirit of its resolution. 

The remainder of the recital is given over to a selection of charming and affecting Welsh folk-song melodies arranged for voice and piano trio. These are among the large number of folk tunes from the across the British Isles for which the enterprising Edinburgh publisher George Thomson commissioned arrangements from Beethoven, most notably, among other leading continental composers.

John and Helen are joined by two long-standing colleagues and friends for this recital.

Violinist Hilaryjane Parker has held leading positions in many London orchestras and chamber groups, including the Philharmonia, the Orchestra of St John’s and the Kantrovitch Ensemble. From 2000-2002 she was guest Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen and now plays regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.

Cellist Alexandra Mackenzie is a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player. In the past year she has performed as principal cello for Welsh National Opera and the Ulster Orchestra and toured with the ECO and LSO. For eight years she lived and worked in New York, with performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Alice Tully and across the USA, including at Tanglewood. She was awarded an honorary ARAM in 2011 for her outstanding contribution to music.

Tickets are £12.00 and available via Eventbrite here:

Please note that on Wednesday 4 March – a Yoga class runs in the hall until 7.00pm so doors will not open until 7.15 at the earliest in order to let everyone out and set the hall up for the recital. Many thanks.