Recital: Katherine Clarke – viola and voice, Constance Chow – piano
Katherine Clarke – viola, voice
Constance Chow – piano
Fantasia on Greensleeves for viola and piano
arranged Watson Forbes
Along the Field for singing viola
1. We’ll to the woods no more
2. Along the field as we came by
3. The half-moon westers low
4. In the morning
8. With rue my heart is laden
arranged Katherine Clarke
Romance for viola and piano
Six Studies in English Folksong for viola and piano
2. Andante sostenuto
5. Andante tranquillo
6. Allegro vivace
This concert is generously funded by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Katherine Clarke is a talented viola player who specialises in performing works for singing violist. An innovator in this unique performance style, she has commissioned many new pieces including Three Wind Songs by Garth Knox, with funding from Arts Council England and the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust. With arrangements from Hildegard of Bingen to Franz Schubert, Katherine has established herself as the leading singing viola player in the UK, showcasing the depth and range of the viola and voice to an exceptional standard.
With more commissions on the way, she will continue to perform and contribute to this unusual and exciting repertoire. Katherine is a keen chamber musician and has performed with various ensembles at St John’s Smith Square, LSO St Luke’s and the National Gallery, and has recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Pianist Constance Chow is a Master graduate of the in Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied principally with Paul Roberts. Prior to that, she had received a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from King’s College London, when she also studied piano performance with Tessa Nicholson at the Royal Academy of Music. She makes frequent appearances on musical stages across the UK and mainland Europe, as well as in her hometown Hong Kong. Her interest in new music has led her to premiere various works including music by Graham Lynch, Paul Burnell and Grace Williams.
She was trained as a piano teacher at the Academy and qualified with LRAM in Piano Teaching. She also performs for the charity Music in Hospitals and Care, sharing the joy of live music with people in care facilities. Her work with the charity has most recently included live-streamed concerts into care facilities and the general public. Constance is currently based in London and is in high demand as a solo and chamber pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher. www.constancechow.com
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