St Bride's: Music - Blaze Ensemble<br />George Vass – conductor<br />Marielle Way – flute

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St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Blaze Ensemble
George Vass – conductor
Marielle Way – flute

Tuesday, 18 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Blaze Ensemble<br />George Vass – conductor<br />Marielle Way – flute

W A Mozart

Andante in C for Flute and Orchestra, K. 315

Divertimento in D major, K. 131

  i. Allegro

 ii. Adagio

iii. Menuetto

iv. Allegretto

 v. Menuetto

vi. Adagio - Allegro molto - Allegro assai

Blaze Ensemble is a London-based chamber ensemble, whose performances range from works for small wind ensemble through to chamber orchestra. The ensemble was formed in 1997 and currently gives up to nine concerts each season. Blaze Ensemble performs in all the major lunchtime recital venues in central London. In the last year, London concerts have featured performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Bride's, St James's Piccadilly and St Olave's in the City. Blaze strives to include contemporary works in many of its programmes. In the 2016/17 season Blaze gave the first London performance of Chris Gunning's Concertino for Flute and small orchestra, and in the following season the ensemble gave the first performance of Adrian Sutton's 'Montana Peaks' for chamber ensemble.

Described by BBC Radio 3 as 'the saviour of contemporary classical music', respected English conductor George Vass studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He was appointed Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Presteigne Festival in 1992, serving the Hampstead and Highgate Festival in a similar capacity from 2004 until 2009. Vass made his professional conducting debut at St John's Smith Square in 1979 and, as Artistic Director of the Regent Sinfonia of London and later Orchestra Nova, has appeared at many of the UK's major concert halls and festivals. As a guest conductor he has worked with ensembles including the Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Ulster orchestras, Het Promenade Orkest (Amsterdam), Konzertensemble Salzburg, London Mozart Players, Malmö Opera Orchestra, the choirs of Royal Holloway and Merton College Oxford and Schola Cantorum Oxford. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4 television.

Marielle Way has worked with numerous ensembles across the UK, leading to performances at the Aldeburgh and Dartington festivals and venues such as the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and the National Portrait Gallery. Recent concerto appearances include Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with the London Sounds Ensemble and Poulenc's Sonata orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley with Guildford Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician Marielle plays regularly with the New London Orchestra, Locrian Ensemble, City Chamber Ensemble, St Paul's Sinfonia and Heber Opera. Marielle completed a BMus degree at Trinity College of Music, studying with Anna Noakes, and a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Cox and Karen Jones, where prizes and awards included the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship, Harold Clark Woodwind Prize, Jellinek Award and EMI Sound Foundation Award.

Blaze Ensemble is a London-based chamber ensemble, whose performances range from works for small wind ensemble through to chamber orchestra. The ensemble was formed in 1997 and currently gives up to nine concerts each season. George Vass was appointed Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Presteigne Festival in 1992, serving the Hampstead and Highgate Festival in a similar capacity from 2004 until 2009. Marielle Way has worked with numerous ensembles across the UK, leading to performances at the Aldeburgh and Dartington festivals and venues such as the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and the National Portrait Gallery.