St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Catherine Pluygers - oboe & Michiko Shimonuki - piano

Tuesday, 26 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Catherine Pluygers - oboe & Michiko Shimonuki - pianoCatherine Pluygers - oboe & Michiko Shimonuki - piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sinfonia BWV 249  for Oboe and Piano

Georg Phillip Telemann

      Sonata in C Minor for Oboe and Piano


Michiko Shimanuki

      Dead Still for Solo Piano

      Another Life for Solo Piano

      Images of Fantasy for Solo Piano


Joseph-Hector Fiocco

      Arioso for Oboe and Piano


Stanislas Verroust

        Andante from 'Quatrieme Solo de Concert Op 77' for Oboe and Piano

 Eric Satie

       Three Gnossiennes for Solo Piano

 Edvard Grieg

      Nine Norwegian Folk-Songs from Opus 17 and 66 Arranged by Ivan C Phillips

 Alec Templeton

      Scherzo Caprice for Oboe and Piano

Catherine Pluygers was born in Colchester in 1955. She studied oboe with Peter Graeme, Terence McDonagh and Edwin Roxburgh at the Royal College of Music and with Ray Still at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts, Canada. She holds a Master Degree from the University of London as well as winning many awards, and is a multi-talented musician, and is listed in the "Who's Who".

As an orchestral musician she worked for the BBC, Sadlers Wells, Royal Ballet, etc. and as a soloist she has toured widely in Britain, with a particular interest in music for oboe and organ, contemporary music and improvised music and has premiered Sonata no.2 for oboe and piano by Ruth Gipps which was written for her. She was the founder member of 'Thomas Arne Players' which gave its debut in the Purcell Room in 1985 and Wigmore Hall in the following year.

In 1985 she formed the New Wind Symphony Orchestra and New Wind Summer School. New Wind Symphony Orchestra gave its debut in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, funded by the Sport and Art Foundation and is a winner of an International Theatre Company (ITC) Business Ward. This work has led to first performances/ revivals by composers such as Grainger, Alkan etc.

Since 1991 she has been presenting her own compositions performing at the Hull and Coventry Universities, South Bank and Hong Kong City Hall. She has also had performances on BBC Radio 4 'Woman's Hour', Almeida Festival, and in Denmark, USA, Hong Kong, Syria and Spain.

Recordings include 'English Music for Oboe and Piano' with Matthew Stanley broadcast on the BBC, Australia and Danish Radio and a CD of music by Ray Parfrey recorded in 1996 with Richard Deering.

She is currently promoting 'Music for Solo Oboe by Women Composers' and is touring this work at Universities and Festivals in the UK and USA. She has also been engaged on solo foreign tours namely in USA, Hong Kong, India and Korea.

In 1998 she started London New Wind Festival now in its 19thyear - a small festival designed to promote contemporary music written for wind players supported by Hinrichson Foundation, Holst Foundation and Performing Rights Society.

Michiko Shimanuki commenced her professional piano studies with Dame Fanny Waterman in Leeds at the age of 17. She obtained her performing diploma from the Royal College of Music (ARCM) and continued her studies with the late Kendall Taylor CBE in London and other prominent pianists in Europe.

She spent her twenties giving concerts in the UK and Europe and then went on to study composition. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend the master class of Betsy Jolas at the Academie de Musicale de Villecroze in 2003, and completed her Ph.D. in Composition at King's College London in 2011. Her music has been performed by the London New Wind Ensemble, Ian Mitchell, Ellie Blackshaw, other professional performers and herself since 2000 in London, Watford, Brighton, at St George's Bristol, and has been broadcast on radio in the UK, USA and the Netherlands. One of her compositions, The Dreams and the Pendulum performed by the London New Wind Ensemble is featured in a CD, Millennial Masters Vol.5 produced by Ablaze Records USA, released in January 2015.

Michiko has resumed her performing activity since 2011 and has given concerts in London, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire and Brighton.