Four hugely-talented postgraduate students from the Royal College of Music will be performing a concert entitled ‘Baroque Gems’ at St Mary’s Church Totnes on Saturday 20th October. Their programme includes concerti from Vivaldi and Telemann, a Trio Sonata by Bach, and a solo piece for theorbo by de Visée.
In 2017, Totnes Early Music Society arranged to bring top postgraduates and alumni from London’s Royal College of Music to perform in Totnes, and organiser Jill Tomalin, was delighted to continue the arrangement:
“We had a very successful concert last year from Convivio, featuring local girl Katie Cowling. This year, our prize-winning musicians include a flute-player from Portugal and a Swedish theorbo player, as well as a violinist and cellist from the UK. All are prize-winning performers who have already gained experience playing in the UK and beyond. This is a great opportunity to catch these brilliant young performers as they set out on their professional musical careers”
Mafalda Ramos is a Portuguese flautist based in London. She gained her degree from the RCM before starting to study for a Masters of Music in Historical Performance. She already has a busy performance schedule. Past highlights from her career include playing with the London Handel Orchestra, The Brook Street Band, and Casa da Música Baroque Orchestra.
Violinist Gabriella Jones studied at Chetham’s School of Music, before graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge. She has played across the UK and Europe, including at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Cadogan Hall, and with musicians such as Nicola Benedetti, the Endellion Quartet and Florilegium. Her violin is a 1756 Jacob Kloz, generously on loan by the Cherubim Trust.
Iain Hall (cello) graduated from the RCM with a First before starting to study for a Master of Performance degree on recorder and baroque cello. As a member of the RCM Baroque Orchestra, Iain has performed in the Opéra Bastille, Paris, and has also performed in the London Handel Festival and at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
Swedish guitarist/theorbo player Jonatan Bougt is studying for a Master of Historical Performance as a Musician’s Company Scholar, after gaining a First in his degree from the RCM, when he also won the RCM Guitar Prize. Jonatan was selected for the Britten Pears Young Artist programme 2018 and the Live Music Now! Young Artist Scheme 2018/19 organised by the Brighton Early Music Festival.
‘Baroque Gems’ is the second concert in the new Totnes Early Music Society season for 2018/19 (see totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information).
TEMS concerts are open to all. The Royal College of Music Baroque Ensemble will be appearing at St Mary’s Church in Totnes at 7.30pm on Saturday 20th October.
Advance tickets are £13, available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) and website (www.dartington.org/whats-on), with tickets for under 18s at just £5. Tickets on the door at St Mary’s will be £14/£5.
Saturday October 20 in St Mary’s Church, Totnes, at 7.30pm
Philip R Buttall
image: Baroque Gems – Jonatan Bougt, Mafalda Ramos, Ian Hall, Gabriella Jones