The highly acclaimed Adderbury Ensemble is performing two popular chamber pieces – Mendelssohn’s String Quartet, Opus 12 and Schubert’s String Quartet in A minor (Rosamunde) – at King’s Sutton parish church this Thursday evening, February 21. Village resident Chris Windass, a professional violinist and viola player who co-founded the Adderbury Ensemble in 1986, will play alongside volinists David Le Page and Catherine Leech, and cellist (and fellow King’s Sutton resident) Catherine Sharman. Tickets are available from King’s Sutton Post Office, Pop Round Sue’s and on the door on the night. Standard entry is £12.00 or £10.00 for concessions. Children (accompanied by an adult) are free. The show starts at 19:30.
David Le Page was born in Guernsey and began learning the violin at the age of seven. He gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School aged 11 and was a prize winner in both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Yehudi Menuhin competition. David completed his studies in Bern with Igor Ozim and in London with Sidney Griller. He has worked with a diverse selection of artists and ensembles as a director, soloist and chamber musician and has formed his own groups: the Le Page Ensemble, the Harborough Collective and Mysterious Barricades. He has made many recordings and has appeared at most of the major festivals in the UK. In 1999 David was appointed leader of the Orchestra of the Swan, a Stratford-upon-Avon based chamber orchestra with whom he regularly appears as soloist and director. David was recently appointed as an ambassador for the European String Teachers Association and teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire. He plays a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1874.
Catherine Leech was born in Buckinghamshire and began learning the violin at the age of three. She studied French and Music at the University of Sheffield and then as a post-graduate at the Royal College of Music. She graduated with Distinction in 1997 and went on to further study at Birmingham Conservatoire where she was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal. Catherine performs nationally and internationally as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player working with groups such as the Adderbury Ensemble, Chroma, the Le Page Ensemble, English Mozart Ensemble, Orchestra of the Swan and the Soloists of London. In 2004 she formed the Le Page Duo with husband and violinist David Le Page. They perform together regularly and are currently recording much of the repertoire for two violins, including works by Vivaldi, Bartok, Prokofiev and Rawsthorne. Concerto performances include double concertos by J S Bach and Malcolm Arnold, and the world premieres of Paul Patterson’s “Allusions” and “Residuum” by Tansy Davies.
Chris Windass formed the Adderbury Ensemble in 1986 and established the Music in Adderbury series and the famous Oxford Coffee Concert Series in the same year. Chris studied at the Birmingham School of Music, where he formed part of the first ever quartet in residence at the college. After Birmingham, Chris went on to study privately with Emmanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno. His professional playing career has encompassed a wide range of ensembles including large scale symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and opera companies such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra, Glyndebourne and the English Touring Opera, as well as chamber groups such as the Medici String Quartet, the Brodsky String Quartet and Guildhall Strings. His love of chamber music has always been a driving force in his teaching and playing.
Katherine Sharman, originally from New Zealand, won an Arts Council scholarship in 1983 to study in the UK and Europe with several teachers including Tanya Prochazka, Jennifer Ward Clarke and Steven Isserlis. She has since settled in King’s Sutton and now enjoys a busy career performing as continuo player and chamber musician with a wide variety of groups. Katherine has performed and recorded as continuo cellist with many orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Kings Consort, the London Handel Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music. She has also been involved with concerts and recordings of many and diverse chamber music projects, such as duos with forte pianist Geoffrey Govier, string quartets with the Adderbury Ensemble, and world-music arrangements with Orbestra. As well as modern and baroque cello, Katherine plays bass violin, bass viol and bass guitar.