Coffee Concert – Prize Winners of the Haslemere International On-Line String Competition

4th September 2021 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
St Johns Upper Norwood
SE19 2RX
Coffee Concert – Prize Winners of the Haslemere International On-Line String Competition @ St Johns Upper Norwood

We are delighted to announce the return of our monthly coffee concerts, next Saturday, 4 September. For the first concert of the season, we have a treat – a concert by the prizewinners from the Haslemere International Online String Competition. These young people are prodigiously talented and undoubtedly have glittering careers ahead of them.

The programme comprises:

Rachel Stonham – Violin

Fazil Say b.1970 – Cleopatra

Béla Bartók 1881-1945 – Sonata for Solo Violin (3rd movement)

Eugène Ysaÿe 1858-1931 – Sonata no. 2 for Solo Violin (3rd movement)

An award-winning violinist studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Rachel specialises in modern repertoire and is passionate about bringing it to a wider audience.

She has been studying with Catherine Yates since September 2019, exploring a range of both popular and lesser-known repertoire. Her communicative performance style led to her winning second place in the RNCM Salon Prize in December 2019, playing Roxanna Panufnik’s Hora Bessarabia, and consequently performing at the annual Strings Festival. She made her concerto debut playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2018, and her recent successes include winning the Two Moors Festival Young Musicians’ Platform and the Mid-Somerset Festival Premier Award.

Nathan Perry – Double Bass / Mika Petrovic – Piano

Giovanni Bottesini 1821-89 – Adagio Melanconico ed Appassionato

Adolf Mišek 1875-1955 – Concert Polonaise

Nathan Perry, 17, was born in London and has been studying double bass at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Caroline Emery since 2014. He started playing the bass a year previously, in 2013, and was initially taught by Caroline’s daughter, Frances Preston.

Aki Blendis – Violin / Saoko Blendis – Piano

Fritz Kreisler 1875-1962 – Praeludium and Allegro

J S Bach 1685-1750 – Sarabande from Partita No.2 in D minor

Eugène Ysaÿe 1858-1931 – Les Furies from Solo Sonata No.2

Miarka Laparcerie 1912-56 – “Love is like a Violin” –

Aki Blendis, now aged 13, started the violin aged 4, and by the age of 11 had gained a distinction at Grade 8. He has been a pupil of Felicity Lipman since 2015, and regularly participates in music courses such as Pro Corda and the National Chamber Music Course. Last December he gained his ARSM with distinction, scoring 49 out of 50. In September he will start at Junior Guildhall, studying with Ivo Stankov. Away from the violin, his main interests are football, tennis, video games and beating his father at chess.


 The Haslemere String Competition was launched in 2017 to give talented young string players a chance to gain significant solo concert exposure. Originally aimed at students living in the counties around London, it has since expanded greatly, and now draws talented youth from across the south and west of the UK.

Judges have been chosen not only for their extensive experience but also for their ability to offer young players positive, constructive insight and encouragement. All finalists perform chamber music in a ‘side by side’ setting with professionals, giving students the opportunity to experience rehearsal and performance with professional musicians.

Side by Side concerts form part of the annual Haslemere Festival.

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