Bach: Partita in D minor, BWV 1004: Allemande; Courante (arr. Beddoe)
Paul Harvey (after Gershwin): I’ve got Rhythm; Summertime; Ain’t necessarily so
Messiaen: Quartuor pour le fin du temps: Abîme des oiseaux
J.S. Bach: Partita in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne (arr. Beddoe)
Cost: free (donations accepted)
Specialising in solo clarinet and chamber music, Poppy Beddoe has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, playing in St Martin in the Fields, at the Wigmore Hall, in the Abbey in Conques, in Gloucester Cathedal and in many other extraordinary places. She plays chamber music with two ensembles of which she is a founder member: the Temple Ensemble and the Oriole Quartet, who perform regularly both in the UK and in concert series in France, and with whom she has discovered the joy of playing with others of like mind. She is the Artistic Director of the Berkshire Chamber Music Festival, where the presentation of outstanding chamber music is combined with outreach work in local schools. This addresses her deep-held belief that classical music is accessible to everyone. Her solo album, Soliloquy, which will be released in October on the Ulysses Arts label marks the effect of the pandemic on music, presenting the clarinet unaccompanied in a programme that compares the austerity of early plainsong and the complexity of Bach to the contemporary shapes of Gershwin or Matthew Arnold or Matthew Taylor. These striking arrangements and juxtapositions allow the listener to hear new connections and fresh musical contrasts, and they offer the hope that even in the darkest of times music can offer something to everyone. Poppy graduated in Music from King’s College London in 2014, followed by a Master’s in Performance from the Royal Academy of Music; she now has the good fortune to teach chamber music and musicianship where she herself began, at the Royal Academy Junior Department. She is grateful for support from many sources: from the Kathleen Trust, from the Boas Foundation, from the Matthew Arnold Foundation, from Talent Unlimited and from the John Ireland Trust, as well as from friends and colleagues without whom none of this could happen.