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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

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Alexander Rosenblatt, George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Michael Soumei Coxall, Kazue Yanagida

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Kazue Yanagida

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Godfrey King

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GODFREY KING (Director) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN UK

KAZUE YANAGIDA (Honorary Patron) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN JAPAN
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柳田 和江(名誉パトロン)AJSW日本代表
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Beth Chen and Eleanor Tagart – Piano Duet

Wed Oct 27th 2010, 12:15–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR

Programme

Beth and Eleanor will present a child-oriented concert featuring stories and music from Paris.

Gabriel Fauré: Dolly Suite
   2. Mi-a-ou
   4. Ketty Valse
   6. Le pas Espagnol

Claude Debussy: Children’s Corner
   2. Jimbo’s Lullaby
   5. The Little Shepherd
   6. Golliwog’s Cakewalk

Francis Poulenc: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (narrated by Eleanor Tagart)

Artist info

Beth Chen

Praised by a reviewer for her 'Mature, assured performance of Elegance and Power' (Capital Times), New Zealand pianist Beth Chen has gained wide audiences with her imaginative and lyrical playing.

Beth Chen is the laureate of numerous awards both in New Zealand and abroad. She was awarded 1st prize at the Christchurch National Concerto Competition, Winner of Victoria University Concerto Competition, 'Most Promising Pianist' Award at the Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition and Winner of the North Queensland Piano and Instrumental Concerto Competition in Australia. She has appeared as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Victoria University Orchestra, Wellington Chamber Orchestra and Neues Telemann Kammerorchester.

Highlights of her performances in 2009/2010 include ’Piano and Friends’ concert series in Muelheim and der Ruhr, Germany, St. Bride’s, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Alfege, Southwark Cathedral in London, Chapel Royal in Brighton, St. Mary’s cathedral at Edinburgh Festival, Fitzwilliam Museum Promenade Concerts in Cambridge among many others. Her performances have been broadcast on television and radio.

After living in Germany for 5 years, Beth moved in September 2009 to England and is now a London-based pianist and teacher.

Eleanor Tagart

Eleanor Tagart began taking piano lessons in 1991 while her family were living in Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. On returning to rural New Zealand to complete secondary education, Eleanor studied piano with Richard Mapp, first as a private student and later at Massey University’s Wellington campus where she completed a Bachelor of Music in 2001.

Since then Eleanor has maintained an active performing calendar and run a successful Suzuki teaching practice. She has accompanied everything from small children doing their first music exams to professional recitals, given concerts, played for functions at New Zealand Government House and has also been in demand as repetiteur for several Wellington theatre companies; this last sparking a keen interest in both musical theatre and opera.

Eleanor moved to the UK in January 2010, and in between going to West End Shows and London Art Galleries she has already given several recitals with more scheduled for the next twelve months and played a concerto with the St Bartholomew’s Orchestra; When not playing the piano, Eleanor is inspired by great paintings, beautiful gardens and by cooking interesting food. She enjoys travelling, scuba diving, sailing, amateur theatre and walking with a dog anywhere there are wide open spaces and no roads. (Visit Eleanor’s website)

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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