Summer Travels

Summer for me has always involved a lot of traveling, and this year has been no different.  Here is a round up of the past few months.  Firstly, if you have a moment, check out this blog that I wrote in June for Piano Lobby  There will also be an interview coming soon to the blog, The Shipping Forecast.

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Over Easter, I went to Snape Maltings & Aldeburgh in Suffolk for a project with the Britten Pears Orchestra.  We played two all Mozart programs, which celebrated many of the  composer’s extraordinary works from the year 1786.  Christian Zacharias led the orchestra from the piano in the C Major Piano Concerto K. 503, which was a wonderful way to experience the piece – and felt more like playing a huge piece of chamber music, rather than accompanying a soloist.  (He was also very nice to the cello section throughout the week – and even posed for a shame-facedly proud cello section photo…)

Back in South London, I took part in another Multi-Story Schools Tour around 10 schools in Southwark.  For this tour we played: Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Moonlight from Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, and Short Ride in Fast Machine by John Adams – ten times each!  It’s so inspiring to be part of these Multi-Story projects, on many levels.  Not only is the music making always of a very high quality, but we are also able to share the music in a completely different way, with a different audience.

June was a month of chamber music all over England.  It started with a lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields with the London Chamber Collective, to a tourist packed audience.  In the middle, there was a trip to Vaughan Williams’ childhood home to play.. cough… Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven string trios with the Perks Ensemble (no offense Vaughan Williams).  Followed by Schubert and Francaix Octets in Surrey with Maiastra.  And in proper style, June ended at the marvelous Lewes Chamber Music Festival.  Now in its third year, LCMF spreads over 3 days includes no less than 8 concerts – a terrific achievement by artistic director, Beatrice Philips.

Although this is not professionally connected, I feel I can’t write a round up of my travels this summer without including a reference to trip I took to Peru with my family.  This really deserves a blog all of it’s own, but in the meantime I’ve included a picture of epic, lost Inca city: Macchu Picchu.

I’m very happy that the end of this newsletter reports from New York, my other home.  I’m currently in the states working with pianist, Jillian Zack as part of the y3 duo.  We are playing a recital of Bartok, Vaughan Williams, Schumann, Janacek, Dvorak and Piazzolla on 31st July, 7pm at the Sherborn Inn, MA.  If you are nearby – come along! 

Best wishes for a wonderful summer,
Hannah

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