Happily for friendly music-making, baroque chamber music comes in all shapes and sizes. Our programme begins with music for all five of us, wanes one by one to a single player at the centre and then waxes one by one till we all play together again. It includes Catherine Mackintosh’s arrangements of Vivaldi’s Summer for 4 violins, Telemann’s humorous Gulliver Suite and works by Muffat, Fux, Geminiani, Bach and Purcell.
Tickets £12, £10 concessions. Buy on the door, from Bridgewood and Neitzert at 146 Stoke Newington Church St, or on-line at wegottickets.com (with a 10% booking fee)
Catherine Mackintosh, Laura Vadjon, Alice Evans & Helen Kruger baroque violins
Kinga Gaborjani baroque cello
My career as a baroque and classical violinist has spanned nearly 6 decades, beginning in the late 60’s when “early music” was a novelty in this country. My principal teachers have been my bows; the one I use tonight was given to me by the Founder of the English Consort of Viols in 1967. Amongst many stimulating projects, I was a founder member and leader of the Academy of Ancient Music and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and have enjoyed playing with like minded musicians who never cease to question “How might it have sounded then?” Indeed does it matter? For me, the thousand answers to questions like that will keep my enthusiasm for this beautiful music kindled well beyond the time for retirement (which fast approaches!) I feel very fortunate to be playing with colleagues from the next generation before I fall off my perch.
Australian born violinist Helen Kruger moved to the UK 14 years ago to study with Professor Howard Davis of the Alberni Quartet. Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music she took up second study baroque violin lessons with Simon Standage. Having caught the Historical Performance bug from Catherine Mackintosh, Helen went on to complete a Masters in HP and thereafter an Academy Fellowship. Since then she has performed with many of the major ensembles and orchestras in the field, both in the UK and internationally. Helen leads the Kruger Quartet, directs the Little Baroque Company and is also the director of the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival. Helen has a strong interest in music education and runs a String Education Program in North London. She plays on a beautifully decorated 1782 Giovanni Gagliano violin, courtesy of the Stradivari Trust.
Kinga Gáborjáni studied music in her native Budapest before coming to London for postgraduate work at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied baroque cello with Jennifer Ward Clarke and the viola da gamba with Richard Campbell. Since then she has played with leading orchestras, including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, The English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the English Baroque Soloists. She also plays chamber music with Triologue and other groups. Among her recordings, she played with the English Baroque Soloists on their recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos for the SDG label.
The first Croatian performer on the baroque violin, Laura Vadjon is director of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble. Ever since the ensemble was formed in 1999, she has extensively appeared as a soloist and leader of numerous concerts at home and abroad, and gave a large number of first Croatian performances of the works by forgotten composers and great baroque masters. She has performed and recorded with great success both as a soloist and chamber musician, and is considered a major expert in the early Italian baroque repertoire and in the works by Handel and Mozart. As a musician with a specific and distinctive tone and style, Laura Vadjon is well known for her original and ingenious interpretations which reveal her as a connoisseur of the dramatic and affective features of baroque music. She plays on an authentic period instrument, the work of Italian 18th century violin maker G. B. Guadagnini. She performed with ensembles such as Concert Spirituel, London Handel Orchestra, Canzona, Florilegium, L’Arte del Mondo, The Musicians of the Globe… and has been working intensively with important baroque experts such as Catherine Mackintosh, Richard Eggar, Laurence Cummings, Stefano Montanari, Herve Niquet, Odile Edouard, Werner Ehrhardt, Christopher Stembridge, Enrico Onofri, Alessandro Tampieri, Marcello Gatti and others.
The winner of numerous awards such as Milka Trnina and Porin, Laura Vadjon has performed in about twenty countries of Europe, Russia, Japan, South America and Cuba. She is a professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music, where she teaches the historic interpretation of the 17th and 18th century music.
Alice was born in Perth, Western Australia and studied at the W.A. Conservatorium of Music from the age of 15. At 21 Alice became a core-member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a position she held until 2012. In 1997 Alice was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to spend a year studying baroque violin in Europe. On her return to Australia Alice was a founding member of the Australian Bach Ensemble, was a regular leader of Orchestra of the Antipodes (Pinchgut Opera) The Australian Haydn Ensemble, Philharmonia Choirs Orchestra, Salut Baroque, Pinchgut Opera, Orchestra of St James, and was a core member of The Ironwood Chamber Ensemble. Alice also joined Florilegium, Les Talens Lyriques and Concerto Copenhagen for their Australian Tours. From 2012 Alice spent periods of time working in the UK and in 2014 she and her family moved to London. Here she has worked with many ensembles including The Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Brecon Baroque, The Kings Consort, Classical Opera and The Dunedin Consort with which she has been a guest leader. Since April 2016 Alice has been a member of The English Concert.