St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

À Deux Duo

Tuesday, 21 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

À Deux Duo

Gabriella Jones – harp
Mark Taylor – flute

J S Bach (trans. G Jones)

Sonata in E Minor BWV 1034

i. Adagio ma non tanto

J Cras

Suite en Duo

i. Préambule

ii. Modéré

L Liebermann

Sonata for Flute and Harp

C Grandval

Valse mélancolique

A Shaposhnikov

Sonata for Flute and Harp

Mark Taylor and Gabriella Jones met in 2013 while studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They now commit to travelling between London and Köln, Germany to rehearse for their busy performance schedule. Mark is currently studying for his Solo Diploma at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln with Prof. Robert Winn, whilst Gabriella has remained in London, studying for her Masters with Gabriella Dall'Olio at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

From the moment they first played together they had a spark and formed À Deux Duo. Described as having 'exquisite musicianship!', À Deux was awarded the Ensemble Prize at the Camac Harp Compeition in 2016. They have played in many masterclasses and have recently performed in a music festival on the Isle of Coll, hosted by the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians.

The duo has an enthusiastic outlook on transcriptions and has gained a reputation for challenging the limitations of their instruments, which prompted them to start their touring recital series: Classical Music in Alternative Spaces, which aims to take flute and harp music to a more diverse audience, creating an accessible and inviting atmosphere. As well as performing recitals, À Deux has played in several masterclasses in the UK and Germany, in addition to planning the launch of a new concert series in 2018: Mini Mozart Sessions for children to experience quality classical music in a more informal environment.

À Deux, Mark Taylor and Gabriella Jones, are a prize-winning flute and harp duo, and met in 2013 while studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Described as having 'exquisite musicianship!' they have played in many masterclasses in the UK and Germany, and toured extensively in Scotland and Wales. In 2016 À Deux won the ensemble category at the Camac Competition of the North London Festival. Mark and Gabriella were delighted to perform the Welsh première of world renowned composer Paul Patterson's Canonic Lullaby in November 2016. They have an enthusiastic outlook on transcriptions and have gained a reputation for challenging the limitations of their instruments.