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Elizabeth McGrath (violin), Angelique Lihou (cello) and Philip Howard (piano)

Wed Jul 15th 2009, 11:15 am ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


 Free admission

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Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath graduated from the Royal College of Music with first class honours, and also gained a B.A. (hons) in Music & Business Studies from Brunel University, where she was awarded the Sheridan Music Prize for the best musician graduate. Elizabeth started playing piano and violin at the age of 4, eventually progressing to receive a bursary from the Junior Academy of Music and a government-aided scholarship from the Purcell Music School. She played with the National Childrens Orchestra for five years. Since then she has participated in many festivals, masterclasses and courses in Europe and America as well as the UK including playing as a soloist for UNICEF and in many orchestras including the Royal College Opera, RCM Symphony Orchestra, Royal College Sinfonietta, the LP Youth Orchestra, Bowden Festival, Orchestra USA and the Brunel University Orchestra as leader. Elizabeth is currently studying for her masters at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of our hon. patron Professor Tomotada Soh.

Angélique Lihou

Born in Guernsey, Angélique Lihou was awarded a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music in 2003 where she studied with Michal Kaznowski. She is currently a pupil of Alice Neary at the Royal College of Music.

As concerto soloist, Angélique has performed Haydn Cello Concerto in D with the Orchestra of Situation Opera. With the St. James Sinfonia she has performed Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No.1 and Haydn Cello Concerto in D. In 2003 she performed Haydn Cello Concerto in C with the Guernsey Youth Orchestra, both in Guernsey and on tour in Sydney, Australia and was a soloist in the BBC Oxford Radio broadcast of Penderecki Triple Cello Concerto.

Angélique has performed solo recitals and chamber music in the UK, France, Italy, Croatia and regularly returns to the Channel Islands. She is a member of the recently formed Trio Firenze with Chris Goodman and Bryan Kelly. In April 2009 Angelique participated in masterclasses with Claudio Bohorquez at the 1st Cello Akademie-Rutesheim, Germany. She has also played for Alexander Baillie at the Cotes des Isles Festival in France and Johannes Goritzki at Gathering of the Clans.

During her time at the RCM, Angélique has performed Bax Harp Quintet and Elgar Piano Quintet in A Minor for The Institute of Musical Research, and premièred a cello septet in a project led by Natalie Clein. She has taken part in masterclasses with Alexander Chaushian, Thomas Carroll, Guy Johnston, Natalie Clein and Ralph Kirshbaum and has taken lessons from Bernard Greenhouse in his annual residency. Whilst attending the Purcell School, she performed Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat Major at the Wigmore Hall, and premiered a piano trio by Isa Khan at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Angélique is principal cellist of the Orchestra of Situation Opera and has been principal cello of the RCM Sinfonietta and the London Irish Symphony Orchestra, performing at City Hall and the Cadogan Hall. With Channel Island Orchestras she has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and toured the USA and Sydney.

Angélique plays a British cello — School of Betts cello, 1823.

Philip Howard was born in 1976. Initially self-taught, he was a student of Alexander Abercrombie between the ages of 10 and 18, later going on to study composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers were Michael Finnissy and Graeme Humphrey.

Philip won first prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters' Competition 2003 held in Rotterdam, becoming the first British winner since 1968. At the age of 15 he won joint first prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Composer Award.

Among other performances, Philip has given solo recitals in London at the Purcell Room and in the BMIC Cutting Edge series at The Warehouse, as well as in the Ultima festival in Oslo, Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, and the "Berlin Piano Days" (Berliner Klaviertage).

He has appeared on a number of CDs including his own solo piano album "Decoding Skin", which was released in 2004 and which features works by Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman and Michael Finnissy alongside pieces by young British composers Paul Newland, Max Wilson and Paul Whitty.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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