Festival 2008

25-27 January 2008

QUB_smsaShowcase Recital

Friday 25th January, 1.10pm, Harty Room, QUB

…the most promising performances were given by Jenny Heaney (showing real musicianship and communication skills) and the two singers—Jennifer Moeller ( musical phrasing, very good German and rich vocal sounds developing) and Marcella Walsh ( an attractive ensemble performance with a pretty voice.)…

szymanowskiSzymanowski String Quartet

Friday 25th January, 8.00pm, Harty Room, QUB

Haydn String Quartet Op 50 No 5 (The Dream)
Szymanowski String Quartet No.1
Ravel String Quartet
Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella



cassard_lgPhilippe Cassard

Saturday 26th January, 1.30pm, Great Hall, QUB

Chopin Berceuse Op 57
Debussy Reflets dans l’eau (from Images Book 1); Ondine (from Préludes Book 2); Poissons d’or (from Images Book 2)
Liszt Jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este
Ravel Jeux d’eau; Ondine (from Gaspard de la Nuit)
Scriabin Caresse dansée Op 57 No 2 (1908); 2 Pièces Op 51 (1906): Poème ailé and Danse languide; Valse Op 38 (1903)
Debussy Masques ; L’Isle Joyeuse (1904)

…a stunning virtuoso performance with varied colours, imagination,beautifully judged moods—-a joy from start to finish…
…Philippe Cassard’s recital was on the grand scale…

lott_astiDame Felicity Lott/Eugene Asti

Saturday 26th January, 8.00pm, Great Hall, QUB

Ravel Manteau de Fleurs; Le Paon; Le Cygne
Debussy Ariettes Oubliées
Chabrier L’ïle Heureuse; Lied
Satie Le Chapelier; Je te veux
Delius In the Garden of the Seraglio; So white, so soft, so sweet is she; To Daffodils
Stanford From the red rose
Quilter Now sleeps the crimson petal
Vaughan-Williams Silent Noon
Bridge Go not happy day
Barber The monk and his cat; Promiscuity; Solitary Hotel; Sure on this shining night; I hear an army




jennifer_pikeJennifer Pike/Philippe Cassard

Sunday 27th January, 3.00pm, Great Hall, QUB

Debussy La Plus Que Lente; Sonata in G minor
Ravel Sonata
Chausson Poème Op 25
Franck Sonata in A

What a delight it was to hear the most outstanding young violinist, Jennifer Pike, on Sunday last. From beginning to end her performance never ceased to thrill, amaze and charm the listener with her deceptively mature approach, in spite of still being a teenager, her full-bodied sound and a wonderfully rich and varied range of texture at her fingertips!

Jennifer Pike…with a violin to die for, in its 300th year producing meltingly rich lower notes and the sweetest of top notes. Jennifer knows how to coax the very best from this instrument, and gave us a recital full of musical interest and emotion

For me the highlight was Jennifer Pike. She really has music in her blood and her performance with Philippe Cassard was really splendid

It is hard to believe that Jennifer Pike is of an age when most students are entering higher education…what talent she has; what musicianship and what a pleasantly mature personality

Truly inspirational performances, from a violinist who plays with intelligence and poise