St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Blaze Ensemble

Tuesday, 16 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Blaze Ensemble

George Vass - conductor

Marielle Way - flute

 Christopher Gunning

                Concertino for Flute and small orchestra

                        Bright but steady.   Time your enjoy wasting, is not wasted

                       Slow and thoughtful. And time stood still...

                       Lively.  Time flies...


                Symphony no 3 in D major   D200

                         Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio


                        Menuetto - Vivace

                        Presto vivace

Blaze  was established in 1997 and aims to give high quality chamber music concerts featuring a diverse range of works: from the baroque to the contemporary, from trios to large ensemble and works for chamber orchestra, from popular mainstream repertoire through to the less familiar.

The name 'Blaze' derives from the group's association with the music production company, Blaze Music. The very first concert, which featured the Dohnanyi Sextet and Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio, took place at St. James's Piccadilly, to mark the creation of Blaze Music.

The majority of Blaze performances take place as part of established lunchtime chamber music series in venues in and around central London. Blaze also undertakes performances around the UK and overseas including concerts in Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

Respected English conductor George Vass studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music; he made his professional conducting debut at St John's, Smith Square, London and as Artistic Director of the Regent Sinfonia of London and Orchestra Nova, has appeared at many of the UK's major concert halls and festivals, including Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. As a guest conductor he has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including the Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Ulster orchestras, the Amsterdam Promenade Orkest, Konzertensemble Salzburg, Joyful Company of Singers, London Mozart Players, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choir of Merton College Oxford, the Choir of Royal Holloway, Schola Cantorum of Oxford and Oxford Orchestra da Camera. He has broadcast for BBC Radio Three and Channel Four television.

Vass has made over thirty successful commercial recordings and, since 1992, has been Artistic Director to the Presteigne, having previously held a similar post at the Hampstead and Highgate Festival. He is founder Artistic Director of Nova Music and currently serves the Bushey Symphony Orchestra, City of Canterbury Chamber Choir and St Albans Choral Society as Music Director. George Vass judged for the 2012 BBC Young Musician competition, is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and, in November 2014, became chair of the British Arts Festivals Association.

Marielle Way has worked with numerous ensembles across the UK, leading to performances at the Aldeburgh and Dartington festivals and venues such as the Southbank Centre, King's Place and the National Portrait Gallery. Recent concerto appearances include Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with the London Sounds Ensemble and Poulenc's Sonata orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley with Guildford Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician Marielle plays regularly with the New London Orchestra, Locrian Ensemble, City Chamber Ensemble, St Paul's Sinfonia and Heber Opera.  

Marielle completed a BMus degree at Trinity College of Music, studying with Anna Noakes, and a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Cox and Karen Jones, where prizes and awards included the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship, Harold Clark Woodwind Prize, Jellinek Award and EMI Sound Foundation Award. As an educator, Marielle runs a busy teaching studio at her home in Brighton and is flute and orchestral tutor at Dunraven School in Streatham.