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Siskin Trio — Philippa Harrison (piano), Sarah Brown (clarinet) and Elitsa Bogdanova (viola)

Wed May 12th 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Philippa Harrison

Philippa Harrison was born of a musical family in 1985 and has lived most of her life in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. She began playing the piano at the age of four and at eight won a scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. She studied there, firstly with Monola Hatfield and Norma Fisher and later with Murray McLachlan eventually winning an entrance scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Joan Havill. She is now on the Postgraduate MMus course at the Guildhall after completing the Undergraduate BMus (Hons) degree in July 2008. As recitalist Philippa has given many solo and chamber music concerts throughout England and has performed in Norway as part of the Tromsø Festival.

As concerto soloist she has played with the Chetham’s Orchestra at the Royal Northern College of Music and with the Bolton and Sussex Concert Orchestras. At the Guildhall she has performed in the Beethoven and Scarlatti sonata series and also in the Liszt Society Day recitals. In November 2008 Philippa won first prize at the Worthing Concerto Competition. In January 2009 she was a prizewinner at the Oxford Recital Competition and in March Philippa won second prize at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Philippa is supported by the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers, the Stationers’ Peter Rippon Award, and an Ethel Schwarz Bursary and by the Nichol-Young Foundation.

Sarah Brown

Born and educated in Belfast, Sarah Brown currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As principal clarinettist (2005–07) of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, Sarah performed solo works with the orchestra and toured America and Spain. Also principal clarinettist of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland Sarah has worked with highly renowned conductors such as Takuo Yuasa and Vasily Petrenko. As part of the Belfast Queens Festival Sarah has performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto in St Anne’s cathedral. In 2007 Sarah was the inaugural winner of the Bank of Ireland’s Catherine Judge Memorial award. Following this Barry Douglas invited Sarah to participate in Camerata Ireland’s Clandyboye festival. Here Sarah studied with Michel Lethiec. In the summer of 2009 Sarah studied at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena with Antony Pay. In 2008 Sarah was asked to take part in the LSO audition masterclasses where she performed to the principle wind players of the LSO in LSO St Luke’s. At Guildhall Sarah is an active chamber musician performing in a variety of ensembles. Recently she has performed along side David Walter, Caroline Palmer and Joy Farrall. With the Guildhall Ubu ensemble Sarah was the soloist in Berstein’s Prelude Fugue and Riffs in the Barbican. With Ubu Sarah recently was the soloist in Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto. Sarah is a recipient of a John Barbirolli Royal Philharmonic Society bursary.

Elitsa Bogdanova

Elitsa Bogdanova currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with principal study teacher Rachel Roberts. Elitsa is supported by the C M Vinson Scholarship and the City of London Corporation. Born in Bulgaria, she studied at the National School of Music, ‘L. Pipkov’, from which she graduated in 2007 with a diploma for secondary education with a special professional qualification for music.

A natural performer from an early age, Elitsa enjoyed success as a singer on Bulgarian national television from when she was just eleven years old as part of popular groups.

Elitsa has taken part in many masterclasses and workshops with such eminent musicians as Rachel Podger, Judy Tarling, Alexander Bailey, Ulrich Eichenauer and Avri Levitan.

In the summer of 2009 Elitsa was admitted by competitive audition into 'Academia Chigiana', Siena to partake in a series of masterclasses with top Russian violist Yuri Bashmet.

Elitsa was a member of a number of Bulgarian orchestras and has expanded on this experience since moving to London in 2007 by playing with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, the European Union Youth Orchestra. Elitsa was selected as a Bulgarian representative on the European Youth Orchestra’s 2008 European tour, and is excited to be taking part in their forthcoming selection of concerts around the continent for Easter 2010.

In 2008 Elitsa joined the baroque viola class of Jane Rogers. Since then her interest for historical performance has grown and she has been involved in a number of performances on period instruments with ensembles such as the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra, Belsize Baroque Orchestra and the London Classical Players.

A busy chamber musician, Elitsa also plays with a variety of smaller ensembles, the Siskin Trio and the Stenhehm Quartet being just two examples, while, as a member of Guildhall’s Ubu ensemble, she has developed her interest in contemporary music through the performances of lesser-known works by various 20th Century composers.

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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