Cello Recital

Delius and Ireland: A Celebration: Cello Recital - Lionel Handy
Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire
£5.50 (£3)
17 Jun 2013 (7:30pm)
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Lionel Handy cello
Nigel Clayton piano

Bax Sonatina
John Barton Armstrong Sonata
Peter Thompson Rennaisance Spirit
Bax Rhapsodic Ballad
Delius Sonata (1916)

In this evening’s concert, internationally acclaimed cellist Lionel Handy and distinguished pianist Nigel Clayton perform an evening of cello music in celebration of Delius and Bax.

Lionel Handy

A commitment to expanding the solo cello repertoire has resulted in Lionel Handy commissioning and premiering many new works. Recently, he has also transcribed works by Brahms, Delius and Messiaen; the latter was included in his Carter/Messiaen centenary celebration CD in 2008. This CD, along with his subsequent Kodaly recording, featuring the monumental solo sonata, has received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. With pianist Nigel Clayton, Lionel has released a new CD in November 2012, celebrating the works of Arnold Bax.

Lionel performs throughout the UK and Europe, and has given several solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank. Much in demand as a chamber musician, Lionel has broadcast frequently for BBC Radio 3 and European networks. He has made numerous commercial recordings, most recently the Korngold sextet for the German Tacet label. He is a member of London Music Phoenix Ensemble and Trio Eluard with whom he has performed in festivals in Denmark, Germany, Greece, Spain as well as the UK. He was invited twice to participate as a soloist in the South African Chamber Music Festival.

Lionel’s interest in British twentieth century music has led to performances of the concertos by Finzi, Bax, Walton and Delius. With the London Sinfonietta he has worked with many of the leading composers of more recent times, including Tippett, Berio, Lutosławski, Henze, Carter, Pärt, Birtwistle, Reich and Knussen.

Lionel was principal cello with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for ten years with whom he recorded extensively and toured widely throughout the United States and Europe. Later as solo cellist with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, he performed an eclectic range of concertos from CPE Bach and Boccherini to Tavener and Roxburgh. Lionel has played as guest principal with most of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, LSO, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestra.

As a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music, Lionel Handy won every prize for cello and chamber music, including the prestigious Moir Carnegie Recital Diploma prize and Principal’s Prize. He was also awarded first prize by Jacqueline du Pre in the Muriel Taylor Competition. With several other important scholarship awards, he was able to continue his studies with Janos Starker in Banff and with Pierre Fournier in Geneva. He has been professor at the Royal Academy of Music since 1982, and also teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire in addition to summer schools throughout Europe. Lionel founded the New Forest Cello Academy in 2008 and many of his former pupils hold important positions in orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK. He was awarded F.R.A.M. from the Royal Academy of Music and plays on a cello by Fendt (circa 1820).

Nigel Clayton

Nigel Clayton studied with Stephen Savage and Angus Morrison at the Royal College of Music, London, where he won prizes in every category of piano performance and was awarded the College's yearly prize for his Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst there, a particular interest in chamber music and accompanying developed and was further encouraged by international prizes from competitions in London, New York (Concert Artists Guild) and from the English Speaking Union. Since then his worldwide travel has included four major tours of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with the Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, tours of the Middle East and America with Wissam Boustany, of Scandinavia with Gerard LeFeuvre and throughout every European country. He performs more than eighty concerts every season and has also played at most of the music clubs and festivals in his native Great Britain, appearing regularly on the BBC's radio network, at the Wigmore Hall and at the South Bank Centre, where he has already performed over fifty recitals. His most recent concerts have been in Taiwan and Japan, his first time to tour in the Far East.

Nigel also continues to perform as a soloist and has given more than one hundred solo recitals on board the British cruise liners SS Canberra, Oriana, Victoria and Arcadia. He has performed concertos by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Mozart and Liszt and was a soloist in Poulenc's two piano concerto in the Royal Albert Hall whilst still a junior student at the Royal College of Music.

He is engaged as Official Accompanist each year for the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland, and has recorded numerous works. He teaches at a specialist school for young pianists in Surrey, is visiting professor of piano at the North East of Scotland Music School and was recently appointed Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London.

Delius and Ireland – A Celebration

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