St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Veronica Henderson - cello and Jill Morton - piano

Tuesday, 28 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Veronica Henderson - cello and Jill Morton - pianoVeronica Henderson - cello and Jill Morton - piano



Stücke im Volkston Op. 102        

I Mit Humor  

II Langsam

III Nicht schnell

IV Nicht zu rasch

V Stark und markiert

 Adagio und Allegro Op. 70


Veronica Henderson (cello) and Jill Morton (piano) have appeared together in the Cambridge Summer Recitals and in the Anglia Ruskin University lunchtime recital series. In 2010 they played for the Cambridge Szeged Society in a concert of Hungarian and British music, and more recently have been presenting concerts for preschool children and adults in Cambridge and St Neots. Jill runs the series "Encore! Concerts for all, big and small", introducing the excitement and enjoyment of sharing live music to the next generation of concert goers.

Veronica studied music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and then specialised in the cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Solo work has taken her to Switzerland and Belgium, particularly with the choir, Cambridge Voices, with whom she gave the first performances of Carl Rütti's "Lieder der Liebe" in 1994. Veronica performed this work again in 2012 at the church of St Cyriac and St Julietta in Swaffham Prior, where she had recorded it in 1995.

In 2013 she gave 5 performances of Ravel's Duo Sonata with the violinist, Gwen Owen Richer, and performed the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the K. 239 Chamber Orchestra in Cambridge. In 2014 she performed Rütti's "Lieder der Liebe", in the presence of the composer, and over the past year has been running a series of concerts entitled "Perspectives on the Bach Cello Suites" in which she explores the origins and influences of the solo cello repertoire.

Jill studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) in her final year there. Throughout her studies she was supported by generous scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Sir James Caird's Travelling Scholarship Trust. She won many prizes including the Eastbourne Young Soloist Award and the Spencer Boney prize for a performance of French and Spanish music. She was subsequently selected to represent the Countess of Munster Musical Trust as an artist on their Recital Scheme. Following her studies, she was invited by the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada to take up the position as Pianist in Residence for a season.

Jill currently holds the position of Head of Keyboard at the Perse School in Cambridge and is a piano tutor at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She is visiting master tutor at the Aberdeen City Music School and has been invited to give masterclasses at universities and specialist music schools throughout Britain.

Jill and Veronica recently performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the violinist, Gwen Owen Richer, and the K. 239 Chamber Orchestra conducted by Peter Britton.