Helen Pierce, after graduating from Goldsmith's University, studied under Keith Puddy and Nick Bucknall at Trinity College of Music for a Master's Degree, which she passed with distinction. In 2001 she was awarded the Wilfred Hambleton prize for clarinet, and went on to study with Roland Diry in Germany and with Hans Deinzer in Italy.
In Germany she worked with a leading contemporary music group ‘Ensemble Modern’, and played with Darmstadt Staatstheater Opera Orchestra and with Frankfurt Schauspiel. Helen subsequently recorded Messiaen's ‘Quatuor pour la fin du temps' for the Frankfurt Musik Hochschule label.
In the UK Helen has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Manning Camerata, the Adderbury Ensemble, Britten-Pears Orchestra and St Paul's Sinfonia.
Helen plays with the quartet Clariphonics who were semi-finalists in the Royal Overseas League competition, 2008 and were selected as Park Lane Group young artists in 2009. Helen also plays in the Argento Trio who appear in venues throughout the UK and has performed with the Berkeley Ensemble in their project of Arnold's chamber opera The Open Window.
Solo engagements in 2016 include Strauss’ Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon performed with St Paul's Sinfonia and Weber’s Concertino in Eb Major, Op26 in our summer concert.
Peter Nall has been playing the violin since the age of 7 and plays with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has appeared with world famous conductors and musicians. He also offers advice to professional and amateur string players in locating and purchasing fine instruments.
He has appeared twice as a soloist with Kingston Third Age Orchestra: he played Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (with the leader John Kitchen) at the orchestra's inaugural concert in 2010, and came back in 2014 to play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64.
Peter Bullett is a member of the orchestra in which he plays cello. He was a choral scholar at the Temple Church, gaining an ARCM in piano performing and the FRCO while still at school. Currently music co-ordinator at New Malden Methodist Church, he is rehearsal pianist to the Kingston Grammar School Choral Society, as well as a busy freelancer. He has recently founded the Harmonie Chamber Choir. In 2013 Peter played Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K491.
Belén Barnus (soprano), Emily Kyte (mezzo soprano), Jorge Navarro-Colorado (tenor) and James Quilligan (bass), all students at or recent graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, were the soloists in the orchestra’s performance in May 2013 of Haydn’s Mass in Bb major, Hob.XX:14 – Harmoniemesse.
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Sunday 18 March 2018
St Andrews Church
Surbiton KT6 4DS
Horn Concerto No 3
in E flat
Symphony No 4