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Rachel Grimes - violin with Sabrina Curpanen - piano

Mon Dec 2nd 2013, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ


Beethoven Spring Sonata No. 5  in F Major:
1. Allegro
2. Adagio molto espressivo

Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano:
1. Allegro ben moderato
2. Allegro
3. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia
4. Allegretto poco mosso

Artist info:-

Rachel Grimes and Sabrina Curpanen

Irish violinist Rachel Grimes completed her B Mus (Hons) degree and Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Steven Wilkie and Benedict Holland. Following this, she successfully completed a post-graduate qualification at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Simon Fischer. Rachel is a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Milton Violin Award, which entitled her to the loan of a 1780 Nicholas Gagliano violin for three years.  It also gave her the opportunity to perform throughout Ireland, including a live broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and a concert for the Duke of Edinburgh.

Rachel has appeared as guest leader for the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, Bristol and is currently Principal Second Violin of the CoOpera Orchestra, London. Rachel also has been a member of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra for three seasons. Rachel has a keen interest in chamber music and currently plays in a violin/piano duo with concerts scheduled for 2013 in Italy, the UK and Ireland. In addition to this, she plays regularly with Irish harpist Aileen Henry, with whom she has given recitals in venues including Trinity College of Music and St. Martin in the Fields.

Rachel currently works as a freelance violinist in London and attends lessons with Gonzalo Acosta, Principal First Violin with English National Opera.

Sabrina Curpanen was born in Agrigento (Sicily). Sabrina is an enthusiastic young pianist and teacher who began her music and piano studies at the age of six. In 2005, she graduated with Summa cum Laude  at  the  Istituto  Musicale  Pareggiato  "V.  Bellini"  in Caltanissetta  (Sicily).  She performed in the Final  Concert for the Best Graduates at the Margherita Theatre in Caltanissetta. In 2009, Sabrina gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance (interpretative-compositive oriented) with Summa cum Laude. For her degree exam, she spoke about her thesis, titled "From Chopin's Art to the evolution of the Scherzo through the Analysis of Opus 31". In 2011 she won the Second Prize at the National Competition in Viagrande (Catania). Sabrina has taken part in many Masterclasses with celebrated teachers such as Lucia Passaglia, Vincenzo Balzani, Marc Pierre Toth, Sandro Russo, Philippe Cassard and Bruno Canino. She usually performs in Recitals in Italy including Auditorium Santa Chiara in  Bobbio  (Piacenza  -  Emilia  Romagna) and Sicily including Biblioteca Scarabelli (Caltanissetta), Palazzo Alberti (Mazzarino), Museo  Archeologico (Caltanissetta), Teatro Margherita (Caltanissetta),Teatro Pirandello (Agrigento), Villa Comunale (Canicattì), San Francesco Church (Naro).

Now, Sabrina is attending a Piano Advanced Course at the London Piano Masters under Dr. Stefania Passamonte (Piano Solo) and Tania Park (Chamber Music).

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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