Dvořák: Sonatina op.100
Amy Beach: Romance for violin and piano
Brahms: Sonata for violin and piano no.3 in D minor op.108
Cost: free (donations accepted)
Madeleine Mitchell has performed as solo violinist and chamber musician in 50 countries in a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast for radio and TV, in festivals including the BBC Proms. She has performed concertos with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil, and for the BBC. She championed the Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia and frequently tours the US. She performs and records Grace Williams Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in November 2021. As a recording artist with an acclaimed discography, she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Magazine Awards including her award-winning collaboration FiddleStickswith percussion. Many composers have written works for her, including Sir James MacMillan and Michael Nyman and she has also championed early 20thcentury British music. Her album Violin Muse of premiere recordings by British composers includes Judith Weir Atlantic Drift and the concerto written for her by Guto Puw with BBC NOW. A frequent recitalist of standard repertoire, Madeleine Mitchell represented Britain in the festival UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the Queen’s Jubilee in Rome and the Canberra International Music Festival. Madeleine is Director of the London Chamber Ensemble, giving a highly acclaimed performance of her programme ‘A Century of Music by UK Women 1921-2021’ on International Women’s Day, featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4, as well as string quartets in this summer’s Highgate Festival. The LCE’s Naxos album of Grace Williams Chamber Music in 2019 was no.2 in the Classical Charts and Guardian CD of the Week. Madeleine founded the eclectic Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin’s patronage, which takes place again throughout Leeds in 2023 as part of the City of Culture. She is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and Visiting Lecturer at City University. www.madeleinemitchell.com
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 Japan, Taiwan, 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 has played at most of the music clubs and festivals in his native Great Britain, appearing regularly on the BBC's radio network, at Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre, where he has already performed over fifty recitals. Nigel also continues to perform as a concerto soloist and has given more than one hundred solo recitals on board British cruise liners.
Apart from several long standing partnerships, Nigel has appeared alongside such artists as Michael Collins, Sylvia Marcovici, Ofra Harnoy, Tasmin Little and Bryan Rayner Cook, the Chilingirian, Sorrel and Bingham Quartets. He has performed with Madeleine Mitchell for many years, including recitals at Wigmore Hall, Singapore’s Victoria Hall, St John’s Smith Square Americana Festival and in the Leeds International Concert Season this November. Their album ‘Violin Muse’ has been highly praised. He is engaged as Official Accompanist each year for the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland, and has recorded six commercial compact discs. He is Professor at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded FRCM, and visiting professor of piano at the North East of Scotland Music School.