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Kiyoko Fukuo and Friends — AJSW Concert for the Christmas Season

Tue Dec 14th 2010, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


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Kiyoko Fukuo

Japanese pianist Kiyoko Fukuo began studying the piano at the age of five and singing at the age of fifteen. Singing was her first study at Kwassui Women College, from where she graduated in 2000. She studied singing with Akiko Kotegawa and piano with Hiroko Shigenaga. Kiyoko came over to England in 2001. She studied piano with Lesley Young and Peter Upperd, and singing with Patrick McCarthy at Colchester Institute and received a MA in Music in 2004. She completed her Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in piano accompaniment at Trinity College of Music in 2006, studying with Eugene Asti and Ilana Davids. She has completed MMus in piano accompaniment in September 2007 and she has just completed an Advanced Certificate in piano accompaniment studying under Eugene Asti and Pamela Lidiard at Guildhall School of Music and Drama supported by the Guildhall School Trust. She has participated in several masterclasses for solo piano performance and piano accompaniment including with Graham Johnson, Gordon Back, Martino Tirimo, Yonty Solomon, Iain Burnside and Helmut Deutsch. Kiyoko is now a freelance pianist and teacher.

Simon Gilliver

Having come originally from Bishops Stortford, Simon Gilliver read music at Birmingham University, graduating in 2004. He subsequently continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he received both a Masters Degree and the Guildhall Artist award, both with distinction. His teachers have included Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold and Ian Clarke. In 2006, Simon was the winner of the Albert Cooper International Flute Competition, where he was invited to sit on the jury for the 2007 competition.

Recent solo performances have included world premiere performances of new works for flute and piano by David Horne and Vic Hoyland, and Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G accompanied by Southbank Sinfonia. As a chamber musician, Simon is a member of the World Citizen Soloists, the Zonda Ensemble and the Prima Volta Ensemble, an ensemble devoted to the revival of classical improvisation. Recent chamber music performances have included appearances at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. Simon was Co-principal flute with Southbank Sinfonia for their 2008 season, and freelances with various orchestras around London and the Home Counties with recent performances including appearances with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Simon also works extensively as a piano accompanist, and as a teacher, both of flute and piano, and for the Centre for Classical Improvisation and Creative Performance at the Guildhall School.

Emily-Jane Thomas

Emily-Jane Thomas was born and raised in Cardiff and made her television debut at the age of sixteen as a soloist on BBC Wales. She went on to play the role of Juliet in Andrew O’Neill’s production The Little Sweep, broadcast on S4C, followed by Paquette in Welsh National Youth Opera’s production of Candide, at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Emily studied with Yvonne Kenny and Theresa Goble at the Guildhall School of Music where she obtained her Masters degree with First Class Honours and her Bachelors degree with distinction. Her studies were supported by the Susan Chilcott Scholarship, the Elizabeth Evans Trust, the Worshipful Company of Innholders, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the Sir John Cass Foundation. She also studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with William Workman. She speaks German, Italian, French and Welsh.

Emily-Jane Thomas’s concert engagements have included Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel and Haydn’s Creation, all under Sir David Willcocks. She has performed as a soloist in Llandaff Cathedral, St David’s Cathedral and Bath Abbey, and in Tippett’s Spirituals from A Child of our Time on a UK tour with the National Youth Choir of Wales. Emily-Jane Thomas’s recital engagements have included Debussy’s Melodie at LSO St Luke’s and a recital of Lieder inspired by Goethe texts at St Lawrence Jewry as part of the City of London Festival. While studying at the Guildhall she also sang recitals for several City of London Livery Companies.

Emily-Jane Thomas made her Glyndebourne Festival debut in 2009 as Second Fairy and Second Woman in a new production of The Fairy Queen under William Christie and Laurence Cummings, and directed by Jonathan Kent. She made her debut at the BBC Proms in this production under William Christie with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

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