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29th April 2012
James Sherlock (Piano)
Templewood, Northrepps

Performing widely as an soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, James Sherlock has been a frequent performer at festivals throughout the UK and abroad. Over the past 18 months these have included the Edinburgh Fringe, Leeds International, Harrogate, Ryedale, Deal, Chelsea Schubert, Cambridge Summer Music, Music Festivals at Sea, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, the Wigmore, Queen Elizabeth and Barbican Halls, alongside visits to Japan, South Africa and Brazil. James studied music at Trinity College Cambridge where he was Organ Scholar, and became conductor of the University Musical and Opera Societies and the Symphony Orchestra. He now specialises in Song accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Joan Havill, Graham Johnson and Pamela Lidiard. His studies are supported by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and the City of London Corporation.

He is a regular accompanist for the classical-chart topping vocal groups Tenebrae, Voces 8 and Blake, with whom he has recorded, toured and broadcast, and has guest conducted choirs including Canticum and I Fagiolini. His recording of David Earl’s Cello Sonata was named runner-up in International Piano’s best new disk of the year (2008), and he continues to work with some of today’s leading young singers and instrumentalists, and as a member of the Accordi Piano Trio. Notable competition successes include the Royal Overseas League Piano Competition (2010), BBC Fame Academy (2007) and Gold Medal at the Marcello Galanti International Organ Competition (2005). In 2011 he was selected by Making Music (Philip and Dorothy Green Award) and Park Lane Group for their Young Artist Programmes.

He is a popular presenter and speaker, introducing and performing regularly for Cunard’s Music Festivals at Sea, and leading workshops nationwide for Live Music Now in schools, prisons and hospitals. He has given numerous first performances of works by composers including Huw Watkins, Julian Anderson, Francis Pott, Peter Maxwell Davies and Richard Causton. When not involved with music he loves reading, travelling, cycling, tennis and wine-making.

Programme
  (I propose the following Musical Palindrome! Chopin-French-(Austrian)-Bach.......Bach-French-Chopin.)

  • Chopin - Barcarolle, op. 60
  • Ravel - Oiseux Tristes (from Miroirs)
  • Mozart - Sonata in E flat major K282
  • I. Adagio
  • II. Menuetto
  • III. Allegro
  • Bach, arr. Busoni - Chaconne
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  • Bach - Preludes and Fugues from Book 1 of the Well Tempered Clavier: C# major, C# minor, A flat major
  • Poulenc - Melancolie
  • Chopin - Ballade in F minor Op 52