St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Holly Cook - flute, and Helen Nicholas - piano

Tuesday, 27 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Holly Cook - flute, and Helen Nicholas - piano

Gabriel Fauré

                Fantasie for Flute and Piano Op. 79

Cecile Chaminade

                Concertino in D Major Op. 107

Edwin York Bowen

                Flute Sonata Op. 120

                               I. Allegro, Non troppo
                               II. Andante Piacevole
                               III. Allegro con fuoco

Anne Boyd

                Goldfish through Summer Rain

Ian Clarke

                Orange Dawn

Holly Cook works as a freelance flautist and plays a number of flutes and non-Western flutes. She has performed on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and Late Junction, and has recorded with Katie Melua and folk band Skinny Lister. Holly has performed at the Royal Opera House (recital with Helen Nicholas), Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Spitalfields Summer Festival and in ENO's John Cage Musicircus, and as a deputy in the Lion King (Westend), Oliver (The Curve) and Thursford Christmas Spectacular show. Holly is delighted to be a Concordia Foundation Artist and a Selected Artist for Making Music Concert Promoter's Group (with harpist Tamara Young). She was awarded an Emerging Excellence Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund in 2012, and undertook a role as the Richard Carne Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance during 2011 - 2012. Holly completed her MMus at Trinity in 2009, studying with Anna Noakes and gaining a distinction in performance, and has gratefully received scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Richard Carne Trust, EMI Sound Foundation, Help Musicians UK and the Elizabeth Wright Charitable Trust. 


Helen  Nicholas  is  an exciting and versatile pianist, renowned  for  premiering  the  works  of  Ukrainian  composer  Nikolai  KapustinShe has performed at some of the UK'S most prestigious concert venues, more significantly appearing as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and performing numerous solo and duo recitals  in  the  ROH  Crush  Room.  Ingpen  &  Williams  Director, David  Sigall, described  her award-winning  performance  of Gaspard  de  la  nuit as  'technically  flawless' and 'wonderfully descriptive' and in 2014 she  released  her  first  solo  album  (The  Debut),  featuring  this masterpiece by Ravel.

Helen  is  in  huge  demand  as  a  chamber  musician,  performing  regularly  with  musicians  from  the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as part of 'Trio Asana' and singers from the Royal Opera House, touring Israel last year with British tenor, David Butt Philip.

As an orchestral pianist, she freelances with the Southbank Sinfonia and has had the privilege of working with British conductors John Wilson and David Syrus.