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Edward McCullagh - violin with Elspeth Wyllie - piano

Wed Feb 6th 2013, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ


The F.A.E. Sonata (1853) is a combined sonata written by 3 composers, two movements by Arthur Dietrich, one by Brahms and one by Schumann. The sonata was Schumann's idea as a gift and tribute to violinist Joseph Joachim, whom the three composers had recently befriended. Joachim had adopted the Romantic German phrase "Frei aber einsam" ("free but lonely") as his personal motto. The composition's movements are all based on the musical notes F-A-E, the motto's initials, as a musical cryptogram.

For this programme Edward and Elspeth play the Brahms and Schumann pieces:-

F.A.E. Sonata movements:- 1) Brahms - Scherzo 2) Schumann - Intermezzo

Geminiani – Violin Sonata in C minor (op.4 no.9)

Stravinsky – Suite Italienne, for violin and piano:-

    Gavotta con due Varizioni
    Minuetto - Finale

Artist info:-

Edward McCullagh

Edward McCullagh finished his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, studying violin with Lydia Mordkovitch. He previously studied at the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles, at the Junior Royal Academy, and he also has a Bachelor degree from the University of Bristol in French and Spanish. His other teachers include Lorraine McAslan, Ofer Falk and Shirly Laub.

Solo performances include playing Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 and Bach Double Concerto at St John’s Smith Square, recitals at Holywell Music Room, Aldeburgh Parish Church and with Isabelle Bonesire, violin professor at the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles. His interest in contemporary music has seen him performing violin solo in Gavin Bryar’s Jesus’ Blood at St George’s Bristol, invitations to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Contemporary Course, Cheltenham Festival Academy, as well as concerts with the London Sinfonietta and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, as part of the Academy’s contemporary ‘Manson’ ensemble.

He recently led performances of five contemporary string quartets in St. Bride’s Fleet Street, as part of the Charles Darwin Anniversary Festival, as well as concerts at Glasgow University sponsored by the Cornelius Cardew Trust. He previously played in the Azzura String Quartet, winners of the 2005 National Youth String Quartet Competition (performances in Conway Hall, Cambridge Summer Music Festival and Leeds International Festival). He has also played with the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy and Gianandrea Noseda, and the Britten Pears Orchestra with Edward Gardner. He has performed in solo masterclasses to Tasmin Little, Gyorgy Pauk and Kathy Stott, as well as quartet masterclasses to the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet and coaching from the Allegri, Endellion, Kuss, Wihan and Chillingirian quartets.

He currently plays in the Orchestra of St Paul’s, Covent Garden, and is an extra player with the Hallé Orchestra. He also plays in the Wolfe String Trio, with whom he performs regularly, and has received coaching from Martin Outram, Susan Tomes and Tim Boulton.


Elspeth Wyllie

Scottish pianist Elspeth Wyllie specialises in accompaniment and chamber music.  Based in London, she regularly works with musicians from major UK orchestras and with singers from Glyndebourne, Garsington and Opera Holland Park.

Elspeth has worked with the BBC Symphony Chorus, the National Children’s Choir, animateur Gareth Malone and Southbank Sinfonia. She has recorded film soundtracks at Abbey Road, Air and Dean Street studios, and sing‐along tracks for Novello publications.  With the Orsino Ensemble as ensemble-in-residence at St George's Bloomsbury, performances include Poulenc's Sextuor for piano and wind and Janacek's Concertino.

She has been working with flautist Claire Overbury as the Southbank Duo since 2007,  performing in established London venues and throughout the UK. They were shortlisted for the Park Lane Group 2011 Concert Series and have recently been joined by cellist Sophie Rivlin.  The trio's first series of performances in 2011 was very well-received and culminated in a sell-out concert at Haddington Concert Society. Click here to visit the ensemble's website.

Elspeth was a pupil at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, before going on to read music at the University of Oxford where she studied piano with Professor Raymond Fischer. Her training continued at the Royal Academy of Music with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, specialising in piano accompaniment under teachers Andrew West and Colin Stone.  She has had masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Clifford Benson as well as playing for various masterclasses, including with Tasmin Little and James Bowman.

Elspeth was supported in her studies by the Oldhurst Charitable Trust and won various prizes while at RAM, including the Vivien Langrish Prize, Evelyn German Prize and J E Reckitt Award.  

Venue: St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church

St. Sepulchre, The Musicans Church

Photographs of St Sepulchre at the Flickr website


St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Holborn), is an Anglican church in the City of London. It is located on Holborn Viaduct, almost opposite the Old Bailey. In medieval times it stood just outside ("without") the now-demolished old city wall, near the Newgate. It has been a living of St John's College, Oxford, since 1622.

Visit the St. Sepulchre website.


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