St Bride's: Music - Katherine Clarke – viola and voice, Mandakhtuya Dorj – piano, Sarah McCabe – viola

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Katherine Clarke – viola and voice, Mandakhtuya Dorj – piano, Sarah McCabe – viola

Tuesday, 4 June at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Katherine Clarke – viola and voice, Mandakhtuya Dorj – piano, Sarah McCabe – violaKatherine Clarke – viola and voice, Mandakhtuya Dorj – piano, Sarah McCabe – violaKatherine Clarke – viola and voice, Mandakhtuya Dorj – piano, Sarah McCabe – viola

Rebecca Clarke

Morpheus for viola and piano

Kaija Saariaho

Nocturne for solo viola

Frederic Chopin trans. Gregor Piatigorsky

Nocturne no. 20 in C sharp minor

Lili Boulanger arr. Katherine Clarke

Nocturne for viola and piano

Brian Elias

But When I Sleep for solo viola

Libby Larsen

In Such a Night for viola duo

Thea Musgrave

In the Still of the Night for solo viola

John Tavener

Out of the Night for singing viola

Katherine Clarke - viola - has a particular interest in contemporary repertoire and a versatility that allows her to explore many different aspects of music, from playing in chamber groups to performing solo recitals. Having completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, she went on to achieve a Distinction in her Master's in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with scholarships from the Goldsmiths' Company and the Guildhall School Trust. Katherine enjoys working with composers to write new works for the viola, showcasing the depth and range of this underrated instrument. Last year she premiered four new works for singing violist, commissioned with funding from Arts Council England, and more recently she premiered Cantare et trepidare for singing viola by Sadie Harrison, written specially for her. With more commissions on the way, Katherine will continue to perform and contribute to this unique and exciting repertoire.

Classical pianist Mandakhtuya Dorj trained in Ulaanbaatar at the Music and Dance College before arriving in the UK to continue her studies at Royal Academy of Music with Patsy Toh. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied under professor Helen Krizos, as well as a Master of Music from the Guildhall School of Music under the tutelage of Charles Owen and Ronan O'Hora. She has won numerous prizes in Mongolia, France, and in the UK including RNCM prestigious 'Musicales' Award and in the Beethoven Society of Europe competition. As a soloist, she performs regularly around the UK at venues including Ripon Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and St James's Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate and Regent Hall in Oxford Street. Mandakhtuya also performs regularly in Mongolia, where she was invited to perform for the former president of Mongolia. When Mandakhtuya is not performing she tutors gifted students in London, sharing her passion for, and dedication to, music. She also runs a Saturday Music School with the vision to provide an all-round musical training to the next generation of musicians.

Sarah McCabe is a violist originally from Bowmanville Canada, now living in London, England. Sarah graduated with her MMUS in Viola Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2017. While at Guildhall, she was a part of many interesting collaborations, including a project with the London School of Contemporary Dance, and creating and hosting Eine Kleine Queer Musik, a showcase of queer composers. Sarah specializes in the performance of new music, premièring many compositions by young composers on both sides of the Atlantic. She has worked closely with composer Cameron Dodds on several projects, including 'Five Folk Songs from an Alternate Reality' and 'Unsung Heroes: a Fungal Opera' in which she played the part of violist/worm. As ViolaViola, Sarah and Katherine are committed to the performance of new music by young composers, and also of showcasing the unusual instrumentation of singing viola. Sarah also performs original songs with viola and loop pedal as HENDRA.

Katherine Clarke, Mandakhtuya Dorj and Sarah McCabe met through their studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and all share a keen interest in contemporary music. Katherine is a singing viola player, who enjoys working with composers to write new works for the viola, showcasing the depth and range of this underrated instrument. Mongolian pianist Mandakhtuya is passionate about music by composers such as George Crumb, Philip Glass and John Adams, as well as the British composers Frank Bridge and Arnold Bax. Violist Sarah McCabe, originally from Canada, specializes in the performance of new music, premiering many compositions by young composers on both sides of the Atlantic.