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The Arensky Ensemble at Carlops Village Centre

Carlops Village Centre, Wed Aug 27th, 7.30pm. Tickets at the door: Adult – £10; School Students – Free.

The Arensky Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2009 by an enthusiastic group of young, professional, London-based musicians who aspired to present classical music to a wider audience. One of its founder members was Peebles violinist Rowan Bell and in this Year of Homecoming he brings the Arensky Ensemble to Carlops Village Centre on August 27th (they also perform for Music in Peebles at the Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles (www.eastgatearts.com/calendar-node-field-date/day/2014-08-26 ) on August 26th). The Ensemble is comprised of principal players of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra – all postgraduates of the Royal College of Music and all passionate about chamber music – who perform as an ensemble in various configurations. This concert features a Piano Trio consisting of Rowan Bell (violin), Sophie Warwick (piano) and Steffan Rees (cello).

Rowan Bell (Violin) is well-known to Peebles audiences, having given concerts there since childhood. He was a pupil at Peebles High School until 2003 when he left to study violin at the Royal College of Music, gaining a Masters in 2009. More recently in Peebles, he has played the Beethoven and Bruch (No. 1) violin concertos with Peebles Orchestra, performed with a string trio at a Music in Peebles concert and given a duo recital with pianist Sophie Warwick in July 2012. Further afield, Rowan has performed as a chamber musician in many of the UK’s prestigious venues, including the Purcell Room, King’s Place, the Wigmore Hall and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. He is principal second violin and a Director of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra.

Sophie Warwick (Piano), now Rowan’s wife, graduated from the Royal College of Music having gained a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters degree. She is a founder member of the Sollertinsky Piano Trio and has a busy schedule of concerts in and around London. She has recently given solo recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, St George Hanover Square, and Waltham Abbey.

Steffan Rees (Cello) graduated from Christ Church, Oxford before joining the Royal College of Music where he gained Postgraduate Diplomas in Performance. He is now much in demand as a cello soloist and chamber musician and has performed with renowned musicians such as the Chilingirian Quartet, Martin Fröst, Kathy Stott, Melvyn Tan and Colin Lawson. He is principal cellist and a Director of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra.

The concert comprises Schubert’s great Piano Trio No.1 in B Flat, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor and a selection of two-part inventions by J.S. Bach (BWV 772-786) arranged for violin and cello.

For further details contact Tony Bell on 01721 722788 or at tonyinpeebles@btinternet.com


 

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