St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Natasha Hall - violin, and Marcus Andrews - piano

Thursday, 20 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Natasha Hall - violin, and Marcus Andrews - pianoNatasha Hall - violin, and Marcus Andrews - piano

Mozart arr. Kreisler

                 Rondo from the Haffner Serenade

Scott Good

                 And Dreams Rush Forth to Greet the Distance (2006)


                 Violin and Piano Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108

                           I Allegro

                           II Adagio

                           III Un Poco Presto E Con Sentimento

                           IV Presto Agitato

Canadian violinist Natasha Hall is currently based in London. She began her studies in British Columbia with Wendy Herbison, subsequently learning from William van der Sloot (Mount Royal University, Calgary AB), Andres Cardenes (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA), Patinka Kopec (Manhattan School of Music, New York NY), Pinchas Zukerman (Ottawa ON), Rodney Friend (London UK) and Roman Simovic (London UK). Natasha has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in North America, Europe and Asia. As orchestral musician, she performs regularly with the English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. Natasha has appeared as soloist with the Calgary Civic Symphony, Symphony of the Kootenays, Carnegie Mellon University Baroque Ensemble and Selkirk Youth Orchestra.

Natasha has received numerous awards for her violin performances and is a winner of the Calgary Concerto and Morningside Music Bridge Chamber Music Competitions. She has collaborated in performance with artists such as Rohan de Silva and Andres Cardenes and has appeared on CBC TV, "The Nature of Things", with David Suzuki. Her interest in humanitarian work has led her to raise over $25,000 through solo benefit performances for charities in Canada, the United States, Georgia and Russia. Natasha gratefully acknowledges Mr. Jonathan Sparey for the generous loan of the 1680 Ruggieri violin she currently plays.

Marcus Andrews is a British pianist with a diverse repertoire of music spanning the 18th to 21st centuries. He has given solo, chamber and concerto performances at major venues in London including the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and St Martin in the fields, as well as at music societies and festivals across the United Kingdom. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune with violinist Matthew Trusler. Internationally, he has performed in the USA, Bermuda, France, Germany, Italy, Finland and the Lebanon. Particular areas of interest include the music of Beethoven and Nicolas Medtner, both of whom feature on his debut recording.

Marcus studied privately with Yvonne Dinwiddy (a student of Medtner) and then at Trinity College of Music with Simon Young, where he was awarded the Keyboard Silver Medal and won the Jaques Samuel Pianos Prize. He was then appointed Graduate Assistant Accompanist at the University of Connecticut, where he studied with Neal Larrabee for his Master's Degree. He was awarded the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship and made a member of the National Musicians' Honor Society Pi Kappa Lamda. He has undertaken additional study as a bursary student at Dartington International Summer School and was invited by John O'Conor to participate in the International Beethoven Masterclass in Positano.

Marcus recently completed a Beethoven Concerto cycle with St Paul's Sinfonia and Andrew Morley. He was a member of the Backman Trio, that recorded and broadcast British and Finnish piano trios and gave numerous performances in festivals and concert series in both countries. Their CD of romantic British and Finnish piano trios was released to acclaim in 2014. Previously he was a member of the Karrilon Trio, performing and commissioning works for flute, oboe and piano. Marcus is a staff accompanist at Trinity Laban and works regularly at all the London conservatoires. He also works with choirs including the London Orpheus Choir and Trinity Laban Chamber Choir and was recently appointed an official accompanist for the Tunbridge Wells International Concerts Artists competition (TWICA), where he first worked with violinist Natasha Hall. He won the TWICA accompanist prize in 2000 with flautist Susan FitzGerald.

Marcus has taught at Blackheath Conservatoire since 2003 and has recently been appointed piano teacher at City of London School for Girls and Highgate School. He tutors on the Kent International Piano Courses and also works as an examiner for the ABRSM. He lives in Greenwich with his wife and two boys.

Canadian violinist Natasha Hall is currently based in London, where she performs as recitalist, soloist and as an orchestral musician, with the English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. Her mentors have included Andres Cardenes, Pinchas Zukerman, Rodney Friend and So-Ock Kim. Passionate about sharing music with others and the universal communicative nature of sound, Natasha has performed throughout North America, Europe and in Asia. Alongside her love for music, Natasha enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and has a keen interest in humanitarian and wilderness conservation efforts. As a child, she raised over $25,000 for charity through solo benefit performances. Natasha plays a 1680 Ruggieri on generous loan from Mr. Jonathan Sparey.

Marcus Andrews enjoys a varied career as a pianist, chamber musician, teacher and examiner, and has performed at festivals and concert series across the UK and internationally. He has appeared in Park Lane Group series at Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre and recently completed a Beethoven Concerto series with St Paul's Sinfonia. For 6 years he toured the UK and Finland with The Backman Trio performing, recording and broadcasting; their CD of British and Finnish piano trios was released to acclaim in 2014.

Marcus studied with Yvonne Dinwiddy, with Simon Young at Trinity Laban and Neal Larrabee at the University of Connecticut, gaining a number of awards and scholarships. He took part in the Fondazione Culturale Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven master classes with John O'Conor in Positano, Italy and was awarded several burseries to take part in master classes at Dartington International Summer School. He is winner of the Trinity Laban Keyboard Silver Medal, Jaques Samuel Pianos Trinity Prize and TWIYCA accompanist prize. He is a staff accompanist at Trinity Laban and works regularly at all the London Conservatoires. He recently became an official accompanist for the TWICA competition in Tunbridge Wells, where he first performed with Natasha Hall.