TOMOS XERRI & CLAIRE WICKES
Part of the Hattori Foundation Rush-Hour Recital Series
TOMOS XERRI harp
(current & 2015/16 senior award winner)
with CLAIRE WICKES flute
Astor Piazzolla Bordel 1900 (from Histoire du Tango)
Tōru Takemitsu Toward the Sea III
1. The Night 2. Moby-Dick 3. Cape Cod
Claude Debussy Syrinx (solo flute)
Claude Debussy arr. Tomos Xerri & Claire Wickes
La Chevelure (from Trois Chansons de Bilitis), Nuit D'Étoiles
Claude Debussy arr. Tomos Xerri
Premiere Arabesque (solo harp)
Liam Mattison Folding Stars and other love songs
William Alwyn Naiades (Fantasy-Sonata)
Tomos was born in Cardiff in 1991 and attended the Junior course of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and was awarded a Major Music Scholarship to Eton College. He studied with Gabriella Dall'Olio and Frances Kelly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he graduated with First Class Honours in 2014, and completed his Master of Music course with distinction in 2015, winning the John Marson prize for an outstanding harpist.
He is in high demand as a harpist, with solo performances in the past two years at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square and the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo, and has also given solo performances for members of the Royal Family including HM the Queen. Tomos has won prizes at many international competitions such as First Medal at the UFAM International Harp Competition in Paris, and has been grateful to be the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Hattori Foundation Senior Award in 2016-17 (the first harpist to have done this) and the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Music Scholarship Award. In 2016 Tomos has been shortlisted as a Park Lane Group Young Artist and was a finalist at the renowned Camac Harp Competition. He is an experienced chamber musician and has performed Ravel's Introduction & Allegro live on prime-time BBC News at the opening night of the Cutty Sark concert space in Greenwich, and recently has begun giving recitals with Claire Wickes, principal flautist of the English National Opera.
Tomos is passionate about bringing contemporary music to wider audiences, and has performed British, European and world premieres, was featured on national Spanish television contemporary works in an immersive and multi art form concert, and was given a ‘special mention’ at the London Ear Festival Featured Young Performer auditions 2016. Recently he performed 11 world premieres as part of the Riot Ensemble. His current project is a collaboration with musical saw and electronics.
Tomos considers outreach work highly important and has been performing in hospices, care homes, hospital wards and schools for many years now with organisations such as Live Music Now and the Concordia Foundation. He has a busy private teaching practice, with many students gaining high marks in their ABRSM examinations, and is also harp teacher for the Hertfordshire Music Service.
Claire Wickes is Principal Flute of the English National Opera orchestra. Since joining the orchestra in April 2015 highlights have included performing for several live worldwide cinema screenings and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, as well as performing a role on stage as part of Simon McBurney’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Claire has performed as guest principal flute with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Session Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
Claire studied for her undergraduate BA in music at Brasenose College, Oxford, where she held an academic scholarship and graduated with first-class honours in 2012. During her time at Oxford she studied the flute with Michael Cox, principal flautist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Claire completed her Masters' degree at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Daniel Pailthorpe and Gareth Davies. Whilst at the RCM Claire received awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, and won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Allcard Award.
Claire has been invited to perform as a concerto soloist on numerous occasions across the UK and Germany, and won concerto competitions at the Royal College of Music, Oxford University and Chetham’s School of Music. She is passionate about contemporary music, and regularly collaborates with composers writing for piccolo, alto and bass flute, as well as works for flute and electronics. She achieved international competition success at the Aeolus International Wind Competition, where she was awarded the prize for best interpretation of a contemporary work following her performance of Edwin Roxburgh’s ‘Stardrift’. As a soloist recent engagements include recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, and in Kyoto, Japan.
Thursday 16 March 2017
Tickets £15 each (including a pre-concert drink, and light refreshments after the recital)