Recital for Flute and Piano/Cello
Rebecca Rouch and Findlay Spence
Sunday 3rd March
Jopes Music Room
Regulars at the Jopes Mill Summer Concerts will have seen Rebecca in the Jopes Orchestra and in chamber groups. In 2022 she gave a wonderful performance of Syrinx, by Debussy, from a boat in the middle of the waterlily lake at Jopes!
They will play a wonderfully varied programme. You will hear two atmospheric pieces for solo flute, one representing Kokopelli, a fertility deity in Native American culture, the other representing Yorishiro, an object used for attracting spirits in the Shinto religion. Between these two we will be brought right back to Western culture with Mozart's joyful Duo for flute and cello. In the second half we start in Romania with Bartok's energetic Folk Dances and follow these with some Bach. Piazzolla makes an appearance with one of his Tango Etudes before we end with the achingly beautiful Spiegel im Spiegel by Avo Pärt. I guarantee that this extraordinary meditative piece will send you off in the most serene of moods!
Rebecca has performed in groups and venues across the UK and Europe including the Barbican Centre, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Teatro Duse Asolo. Rebecca currently performs and teaches in London. Recent work has included the UK premiere of the musical ‘Rebecca’ at Charing Cross Theatre, solo recordings with Belfast based composer Matthew Geer, and performances with ensembles such as the New London Orchestra and the Echo Ensemble. Rebecca tutors flute at the Reeds School, with Guildhall Young Artists, and with Orchestra’s for All, an organisation dedicated providing access to music for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
A recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Rebecca was a scholarship student on the Orchestral Artistry Masters course, which is run in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra. She studied with professors including Gareth Davies of the London Symphony Orchestra and Christopher Green of the Royal Opera House. Rebecca graduated with distinction and a Concert Recital Diploma for exceptional performance. Prior to this, Rebecca studied at the Chetham’s School of Music with Fiona Fulton, where she was awarded the Larson Wind Prize and the Fiona Ord Chamber Music Prize.
Described in The Guardian as "exciting, engaging and profoundly musical", Scottish cellist Findlay Spence has performed at festivals and venues throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal. Recent chamber performances include Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.
He has performed major cello concertos with numerous British orchestras, as well as contemporary concertos by John Bevan Baker and Tom David Wilson. Findlay has been invited for residencies in association with Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Musethica, McGill University Montreal, Lucerne and the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, and participated in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Torleif Thedén, and Johannes Goritzki. He received the 2021 Kirckman Society Award and has performed alongside the Doric, Edinburgh and Sacconi String Quartets.
Findlay was a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Melissa Phelps, and he is now mentored by John Myerscough of the Doric String Quartet. Previously he studied at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh with Ruth Beauchamp.
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