St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Victoria Puttock - saxophone, and Grigoris Ioannou - piano

Tuesday, 13 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Victoria Puttock - saxophone, and Grigoris Ioannou - piano

Paule Maurice

                Tableaux de Provence

                           I Farandoulo di chatouno
                           II Cansoun per ma mio
                           III La boumiano
                           IV Dis alyscamps l'amo souspire
                            V Lou cabridan

Eugene Bozza


Andre Waignein




Classical saxophonist Victoria Puttock has just graduated with distinction in a Masters of Performance degree from the Royal College of Music studying with Kyle Horch. Previously she gained a first class honours degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2013 where she studied under Melanie Henry and Gerard McChrystal. She was supported in her studies by the Royal College of Music - Soirée d'Or Award and an Ian Evan Lombe Award, the Countess of Munster, the Seary Trust, the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, Nadfas, the Women's CareerFfoundation and the Wolfson Foundation. During her studies Victoria has participated in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists including Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Lars Mlekusch, Jonathan Rautiola, Mario Marzi, and Antonio Belijar. She is accomplished in classical, jazz and contemporary performance both as a soloist and ensemble player and was delighted to recently win the 2015 Jane Melber Rcm Saxophone competition.

Victoria made her debut concerto in 2009 with Jacques Ibert's Concertino da Camera and has since gone on to perform many others, including Henri Tomasi's Concerto for Saxophone in the final of the prestigious Trinity Laban Concerto Competition, the Tomasi Ballade with full saxophone choir and Glazunov's Concerto for Saxophone. Other solo performances include a recital at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), the first live performance of Mornwoods by Ian Stewart, a classical recital at the V&A museum, a contemporary recital at the National Maritime Museum and a performance to young reed musicians from across Hampshire at the Alton Maltings. Alongside her solo appearances Victoria is also an active chamber musician and has worked with a wide range of ensembles including the London Sinfonietta Academy 2014, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Future Firsts Scheme) the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the London Electronic Orchestra. She recently performed with the Multi-Story Orchestra at a Nonclassical club night at Bloc and in the Royal Academy of Arts for the Sensing Spaces exhibition.

Victoria is the Soprano player in the Oracle Saxophone Quartet who recently won the RCM Chamber competition and had the honour of performing at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Royal Variety after-show party. They were also chosen to perform for the presidential visit of HRH the Prince of Wales to RCM. Victoria has performed at many prestigious venues including Cadogan Hall, the V&A Museum the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum, the Barbican, St Johns Smith Square, the Southbank Centre and Chateau du Lac in Belgium as part of the Musica Mundi Gala Concert. Performance highlights for 2016 include playing in the BBC Proms with the Multi-Story Orchestra and solo recitals at Christchurch and Portsmouth Music Society.

Grigoris Ioannou was born in Athens in 1995. He is an Undergraduate Piano Student at the Royal College of Music in London studying with Ian Jones, where he is supported by an ABRSM Scholarship, which covers his tuition fee expenses for the entire duration of his course. He began piano lessons at the age of nine. He has participated in many piano masterclasses in Greece and abroad. He has collaborated with the orchestra "Sinfonietta of Athens" on three occasions under the direction of G. Aravidis. He has participated and has won prizes in a number of National Piano Competitions and has also won 2nd Prize at the "Francesco Moscato" International Piano Competition 2015 in Airola, Italy. In 2012 he was awarded the Schola Cantorum's "Diplome Superieur" with the mark "Très bien à l'unanimité et félicitations du jury". He has given solo recitals and has appeared in concerts in Greece, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Russia. He has appeared on National Television and has recorded for the National Radio Channel on two occasions. In April 2013 he appeared in the Athens Concert Hall with the Athens State Orchestra (conductor: N. Athineos) performing W. A Mozart's Piano Concerto no 20, K. 466.