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Anete Graudina - (violin) with Niklas Oldmeier (piano)

Tue Jun 26th 2018, 1:05–1:50 pm ◀ This event has finished
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU


L.van Beethoven (1770-1827) violin sonata no.7 in c min,op.30 no 2

P.I.Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Melody and Scherzo from Souvenirs d'un lieu cher ',op 42

Artist info:

Anete Graudina

Anete Graudina (violin) trained at a special music school first in Riga then in Moscow. She was a violinist with the Orchestra of the Latvian Opera and Ballet. She moved to London in 1995 where she teaches the violin. She performed widely as a recitalist and as a soloist in the UK at venues such as the Holywell Concert Room Oxford, St James Piccadilly, Burgh House Hampstead, and at the Edinburgh Festival. She also performed abroad in Europe, Russia, Canada, Japan, and the USA.

In 2003 she founded Tangissimo, an ensemble still active to-date dedicated to Piazzola’s tango music. A CD is available from amazon at

In 2004 she received a postgraduate diploma in performance from the London College of Music & Media and in 2006 she embarked on a series of yearly concerts at St Anne’s Kew to raise funds for a new piano for the Church. Also at St Anne's Church Kew she organised annual concerts for invited soloists to play with orchestra.

With Aya Kawabata at the piano she recorded “Romantic Bartok” on CD in 2006. Since 2010 Anete has been holding regular classical music evenings at the Embassy of Latvia in London and in 2016 she recorded "Taming of the Shrew" on a 17th century antique violin with Florian Mitrea at the piano.

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Niklas Oldemeier

Niklas Oldemeier (Pianist)

“In his confident hands Beethoven’s op. 101 was spacious and persuasive, with great delicacy in the shading and phrasing. To Liszt’s Sonetto 104 he brought flawless virtuosity…his future looks bright.”

International Piano Magazine

Born in Leeds in 1993, Niklas Oldemeier has in recent years been attracting increasing attention from the press and public as an emerging young talent.

He started to play the piano at the age of five, and at eleven was accepted to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. On graduating in 2011, he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music and completed the BMus and MA programmes under the tutelage of Sulamita Aronovsky.

Niklas’ concert repertoire embraces a wide range of genres, from Baroque to Contemporary. He is particularly interested in contemporary composers and has performed works by Graham Fitkin and Luke Bedford, and premiered compositions by Jules Matton and James Moriarty.

An active performer in diverse capacities, Niklas was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Bach Prize, and also won a place on the Emerging Artists Programme at the London Sinfonietta Academy, led by the conductor Pierre Andre Valade. This offered him the opportunity to perform with the world’s leading contemporary music ensemble, and concluded with the ‘Musicians of Tomorrow’ concert at the Platform Theatre.

His performing activities have taken him to several countries throughout Europe, including Germany, Italy, Greece and Romania. Winner of the Deena Shypitka Music Award, Niklas also regularly appears with orchestra and in recitals throughout the UK and in London. Notable highlights have included solo concerts at St James’ Piccadilly and Regent Hall, as well as Mozart and Beethoven concertos in Wakefield and Chester respectively, earning high critical praise from Radio 3’s Rob Cowan. Most recently, his rendition of Brahms’ Handel Variations along with Carmina Burana at the Royal Hall in Harrogate was received with high acclaim. He also performed as a featured Young Artist at the newly-built Stoller Hall in Manchester for Chetham’s International Summer School and Piano Festival.

Aside from his performing career, Niklas enjoys reading, movies, and listening to experimental and acousmatic music.

Venue: Wesley's Chapel

Wesley’s Chapel was built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. It was designed by the architect George Dance the Younger, the surveyor of the City of London. Wesley described his chapel as “perfectly neat but not fine” and it is a fine example of Georgian architecture. It was the first Methodist preaching house to allow for the celebration of Holy Communion.

In 1891 the chapel was transformed to commemorate the centenary of Wesley’s death. Jasper pillars were donated from Methodist churches around the world to replace the original ships’ masts donated by George III. Oak pews were also added and the stained glass too.

On November 1st 1978, after a five-year closure due to a serious structural problem, and exactly 200 years after Wesley opened the Chapel, the buildings were reopened in grand style in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

In 1989 Wesley’s Chapel and the nearby Leysian Mission joined together. Today the chapel is a thriving place, serving a membership of hundreds of people drawn from every continent of the globe. It has an active programme of community outreach work and receives thousands of pilgrims and visitors who come each year to visit the Mother Church of World Methodism.

Wesley’s Chapel works in a covenant relationship with the parish church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, and in the closest of relationships with local Roman Catholic, Welsh Presbyterian, and Quaker congregations. John Wesley famously said that he considered the whole world to be his parish. Nowadays, the whole world seems to live in his parish and many of them worship at the Chapel which bears his name.

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Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday (for those attending worship) 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Last admission to John Wesley’s House is 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed every Thursday between 12:45 & 1:30pm (for service), also Public & Bank Holidays, except for services (e.g. Good Friday, Christmas Day).

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