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Megumi Nagae - violin with Belinda Jones - piano

Fri Nov 30th 2012, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL



Dvořák:- Sonatina for violin and piano in G major Op.100:-

1st mov.: Allegro risoluto
2nd mov.: Larghetto
3rd mov.: Scherzo. Molto vivace
4th mov: Finale. Allegro molto

Ysaÿe:-    Poème élégiaque Op.12 

Rosenblatt-Brener:-   Paganini Jazz Variation 

(adapted from A. Rosenblatt composition for two pianos

arranged for violin and piano by Uri Brener)

Artist info:-

Megumi Nagae

A native of Japan, Megumi Nagae studied under Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music as a Sir Peter and Lady Walters Award Scholar and obtained a Masters degree. Her love for chamber music led her to take part in concerts in Wigmore Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the composer Simon Bainbridge’s 50th Birthday Concert at St. John’s Smith Square.

In 2011, she won the concerto competition at the Springboard Festival, Brighton, and was first in the string section at the Croydon Music Festival, performing Walton’s violin concerto in both. Her performances also include solo violin playing in the Houses of Parliament, St Martin in the Field, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex August Music Festival and Alisto Hall in Tokyo. She also participated in a joint charity concert for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal at St. John’s Smith Square.

Megumi has been working with the composer David Hackbridge Johnson and is due to premier his third violin sonata in London. She will also record some of Johnson’s compositions.

She is a musician in residence at the chapel of the Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea, and regularly gives charity concerts in London for people in Turkana, Kenya.

Earlier this year, she performed Bruch’s first violin concerto with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. Her future engagements include concerts in St.James Piccadily and Bristol Cathedral

Megumi is very grateful for the generous support of Sir Peter and Lady Walters, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical scholarship fund and also to Mrs Yoshida for the use of a beautiful Carlo Antonio Testore violin (1740).


Belinda Jones

Educated at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with teachers including Ryzard Bakst, Ronan O Hora and Patsy Toh, London-born pianist Belinda Jones has recently finished a Masters with distinction at the Royal College of Music, studying with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles. Here, she held a full scholarship, kindly supported by the Claud and Margaret Craddy award and an AHRC award and was awarded a Junior Fellowship there for 2012/13.

   Selected as an RCM Rising Star, Belinda is much in demand as an artist, winning numerous competitions including the 2011 MBF Megan Foster prize at the Maggie Teyte competition, as well as prizes in the Lies Askonas, Major Van der Pump and RCM Schumann competitions and has recently been selected as a Samling Foundation artist. She recently made her debut at the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall and was invited to play at the Moscow Festival this Summer. Other performance highlights include the Oxford Lieder Festival, Southbank Centre's Bernstein Festival at the Royal Festival Hall with Marin Alsop, St James Piccadilly and concerto appearances at the Fairfield Halls and the Bridgewater Hall. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and recorded with violinist Ning Feng for Intermusica She is looking forward to upcoming appearances at St Martin in the Fields and the Sage, Gateshead.

Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly

St James Piccadilly (photo: Steve Cadman)

The church interior (photo: Steve Cadman)

St James's is an Anglican church which was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. William Blake was baptised here in 1757. The church holds regular concerts of both classical and contemporary music.

The church is situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

For more information, visit the St James's Church website.


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