St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Chris Beagles - horn, and Odette Cotton - piano

Friday, 6 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Chris Beagles - horn, and Odette Cotton - pianoChris Beagles - horn, and Odette Cotton - piano

Kirchner

Lament d'Orfeo

Franz Strauss

Nocturno

Dukas

Villanelle

Glière

Romance

Schumann

Adagio and Allegro

Chris Beagles began playing the horn at the age of 13. For three years, he attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he won the Zochonis Scholarship and the Brass playing Prize. He then went on to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. During his time there, he won the Nicholas Blake Prize and was very highly commended in the Dennis Brain Prize. As part of his training, he also was a member of the Britten Pears Orchestra and the Britten Pears Contemporary Orchestras and participated in the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra.

Upon graduating, Chris joined the Southbank Sinfonia, a year-long training orchestra which gives opportunities to talented graduates interested in pursuing orchestral careers. He has gone on to play professionally with many orchestras and ensembles, highlights include freelance work with the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Irish Chamber, Bournemouth Symphony and Aurora Orchestras.

As a strong advocate of new music, he has been privileged to have worked with the London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Contemporary Orchestra and taken part in many world and UK premieres. In the commercial realm, he has made recordings for McDonalds and Sony and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has also worked with artists including George Michael, Tony Hadley, Dionne Warwick, Belle and Sebastian, Terence Blanchard and Donovan.

As a soloist, he has performed many concertos with orchestras including the Sheffield Chamber, Tallis Chamber and the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra. He has given several recitals up and down the country, including a tour as a soloist with the Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble. He also played the solo part in Bach's B Minor Mass with the West London Bach Players as well as the infamous Siegfried "short call" from Wagner's Götterdämmerung with the Orchestra of Opera North.

Chris is a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet who are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, were double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, are members of the Tunnell Trust, Kirckman Concert Society and Live Music Now schemes and gave their Wigmore debut in 2015. Coming up they have tours to Scotland and Japan, coaching and a recital at the Dartington International Summer School 2017 and the launch of their debut CD with Caviello Classics.

He is very grateful for the support of Help Musicians UK in the continuing development of his career.

Born in Essex in 1988, Odette Cotton was introduced to music from an early age when she began learning to dance at her mother's dance school. At the age of 6, Odette began lessons on the piano with Monica Kingsnorth and recorder with Susan Podbury. Odette was awarded a full scholarship at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and began boarding from 1998. She learnt the piano with Roshan Magub and a year later began to study the oboe with Melanie Ragge.

After her first music course with the National Children's Orchestra at age 12, Odette soon realised she had a huge passion for orchestral and chamber music. This lead to taking both her BMus at The Royal Academy of Music and an MA at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a first study oboist. Alongside this, Odette studied the piano with Graeme Humphrey and began working as an accompanist for fellow musicians in recitals and competitions. In 2012 Odette worked as rotating principal oboe with the Southbank Sinfonia.

Now Odette enjoys a varied career. Odette regularly plays the piano for ballet classes and accompanies nationwide, whilst balancing this with her career as an orchestral player, performing with renowned orchestras such as the BBC CO, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chris Beagles began playing the horn at the age of 13. For three years, he attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he won the Zochonis Scholarship and the Brass playing Prize. He then went on to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. During his time there, he won the Nicholas Blake Prize and was very highly commended in the Dennis Brain Prize. Upon graduating, Chris joined the Southbank Sinfonia and now plays with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and Aurora. He has made commercial recordings for McDonalds and Sony and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Chris has performed many concertos with orchestras including the Sheffield Chamber, Tallis Chamber and the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra. Chris is a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet who are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, were double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, are members of the Tunnell Trust, Kirckman Concert Society and Live Music Now schemes and gave their Wigmore debut in 2015.

Born in Essex in 1988, Odette Cotton was introduced to music from an early age when she began learning to dance at her mother's dance school. At the age of 6, Odette began lessons on the piano with Monica Kingsnorth and recorder with Susan Podbury. Odette was awarded a full scholarship at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and began boarding from 1998. She learnt the piano with Roshan Magub and a year later began to study the oboe with Melanie Ragge. After her first music course with the National Children's Orchestra at age 12, Odette soon realised she had a huge passion for orchestral and chamber music. This lead to taking both her BMus at The Royal Academy of Music and an MA at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a first study oboist. Alongside this, Odette studied the piano with Graeme Humphrey and began working as an accompanist for fellow musicians in recitals and competitions. In 2012 Odette worked as rotating principal oboe with the Southbank Sinfonia. Now Odette enjoys a varied career. Odette regularly plays the piano for ballet classes and accompanies nationwide, whilst balancing this with her career as an orchestral player, performing with renowned orchestras such as the BBC CO, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.