The Octo/Nove Ensemble

Tuesday 7th May, 2024, at 1:15 pm

Retiring Collection

The Programme

Mei Fujisato – violin
Rachel Solomon Williams – viola
Alison Atkinson – cello
Jamie Parkinson – double bass
Caroline Welsh – flute
Charlotte Woolley – clarinet
Steve Clark – clarinet
Matthew Sackman – horn
Rick Yoder – bassoon

Johannes Brahms

Serenade No 1 in D, Op 11
1. Allegro molto
2. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo – Trio. Poco più moto
3. Adagio non troppo
4. Menuetto I – Menuetto II
5. Scherzo. Allegro – Trio
6. Rondo. Allegro

(reconstructed by Chris Nex)

The Artists

The Octo/Nove Ensemble is a new chamber music ensemble, featuring some of the finest amateur musicians in London. There is a wealth of excellent music written for chamber ensembles of eight or nine players which is seldom performed, and we hope to be able to bring these works to audiences throughout London, and further afield.

Mei Fujisato – violin. Mei is a violinist from Japan. After graduating from DePauw University with the John and Esther Browning Scholarship, Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and Van den Thompson Award in 2018, she completed her Master of Performance at Royal College of Music in 2020 under the direction of Radu Blidar.
Rachel Solomon Williams – viola. Rachel is Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, an environment policy-focussed alliance of major businesses.
Alison Atkinson – cello. By day Alison works at the National Gallery where she manages the database of all customers, members and donors of the Gallery.
Jamie Parkinson – double bass. Jamie is a software engineer and trade unionist who works in a museum.
Caroline Welsh – flute. Caroline leads creative music-making in all different kinds of communities and places, and trains orchestral musicians across the country in the wild art of improvising connection.
Charlotte Woolley – clarinet. Charlotte is a civil servant working for the Ministry of Defence, with responsibilities in the Defence nuclear research programme. She studied at Keble (2001-2009) and has a DPhil in Laser Physics.
Steve Clark – clarinet. Steve is a web analyst, working with a number of organisations in the arts and heritage sectors.
Matthew Sackman – horn. Matthew spends his days telling computers what to do, and looking on in horror when they do exactly that. He spends his evenings doing much the same thing, but with his Horn.
Rick Yoder – bassoon. Rick was a member of several professional orchestras, including those of Louisville (US), Monterrey (Mexico), and the Lower Rhine Symphony (Germany), before the frustrations of reed-making caused him to become a corporate tax attorney.

congregation sitting for service


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