St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Erik Azzopardi - piano, Daniel Emson-Jukes - bassoon, Anna Turmeau - oboe

Friday, 23 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Mozart (arr. Martin Gatt)

Trio in E-flat K.498, 'Kegelstatt'

Poulenc

Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano FP43

Erik Azzopardi graduated from Trinity College of Music (London) in Piano Performance in 2005. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Music Studies from the University of Malta. During his early years Erik studied with Loranne Debono, Rita and Joe Psaila and Prof. Michael Laus. At Trinity he studied under Simon Young. He also played for Balazs Szokolay, Brian Schembri, Mikhail Kazakevich, Stephen Kovacevich, Peter Bithell and William Aide and more recently he has been having lessons with Gwenneth Pryor and Martino Tirimo.

Recently Erik has been accompanying singers in concerts in and around London, namely at the Notting Hill Community Church, St. Olave's, the Little Proms, St. Dunstan-in-the-West, St. Alfege's, Southwark Cathedral and other venues in Cambridge and Bognor Regis. He has appeared in various concerts in Malta (including Manoel Theatre, Casino Maltese, and St. James Cavalier), Tunisia (Opening of the Science City) and Turkey (ECUME Conference). During his years at the University of Malta he formed Trio Solaris (an ensemble consisting of piano, clarinet and violin/viola) with Godfrey Mifsud and Sarah Spiteri, with whom he played on various occasions. Erik has worked with the late Maltese composer Prof. Charles Camilleri on various occasions in Malta and abroad. He has also worked with composers Joe Vella and Karl Fiorini.

In 2002-2003 he co-organised the second series of Windows on Music, a series of monthly concerts showcasing the talent at the Music Department of the University of Malta, supported by the Manoel Theatre and the Malta Tourism Authority. In one of these concerts he had the privilege of performing Bach's Italian Concerto for the President of the Republic, at the
Palace in Valletta. Currently, Erik is working at Thomas's Day Schools as a repetiteur and piano teacher whilst developing as a performer.

Anna Turmeau was born in York in 1983. She went on to study for a degree in music at the University of Birmingham graduating in June 2004 before going on to gain a post graduate diploma in oboe performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire a year later. Having completed a Masters degree in post diploma orchestral training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008 she immediately took up the position of Second oboe/Cor Anglais with the Orquestra do Norte, Portugal. During 2009 she became a member of Southbank Sinfonia. During her time as a member she performed the Bach double concerto for oboe and violin in both Anghiari, Italy and at the Wigmore hall. Until recently Anna held the position of principal oboe in Orquestra Classica da Madeira. She now freelances in and around the London area.

Daniel Emson-Jukes started playing the bassoon at the age of 12 in South Wales, studying with Robert Codd before moving to London to study at the GSMD. He studied with Graham Sheen, Meyrick Alexander and Robin O'Neill, and more recently, Sarah Burnett and Daniel Jemison. Daniel is now a freelance orchestral and chamber musician, and has played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia and various other freelance orchestras, as well as the Reigate Wind Quintet. Daniel also occasionally performs as a soloist and has given a performance of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with the Welsh Philharmonic Orchestra.