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Zoe Martlew (Cello) and Finnegan Downie-Dear (Piano)

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St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets:  £14

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate.

Zoë Martlew and Finnegan Downie-Dear play ‘Mostly French’


Claude Debussy:   Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915) 

Claude Debussy:   Reflets dans l'eau (solo piano, from the first book of Images, 1905)

Cesar Franck:  Sonata in A minor (arr. for cello from violin original by Jules Delsart) (1886)

Monsieur de Sainte Colombe:  “Les Pleurs” c 1640 solo gamba arr. for solo cello

Maurice Ravel:  Jeux d'eau (solo piano) (1901)

Zoë Martlew:   Salat Babilya (Babylonian Prayer) - for solo cello without bow (2008)

Maurice Ravel:   Piece en Forme d’Habanera (trans. Paul Bazelaire) (1907)

Heitor Villa Lobos:   O Trenzinho do Caipira (1930)

Bohuslav Martinů:    Variations on a Slovakian Theme H.378 (1959)

Eric Satie:   ‘Sylvie’ from 3 Melodies de 1886 for voice and piano (arr. Martlew)

Cellist, performer, educator, writer of words and music, the increasingly un-categorisable Zoë Martlew performs and records around the world as soloist and with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensembles, chamber groups, improvisation, film, electronica, multi-media, pop and rock artists, dance and theatre companies.

 Her one woman musical cabaret Revue Z has recently played at festivals in Iceland, Spain, Denmark and at Wigmore Hall, where she is a regular solo performer.  Her music is published by Schott, and recent/upcoming commissions include ensemble works for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CoMA, Occupy the Pianos Festival, St Magnus Festival, and mezzo/piano duo Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins.

 Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; regular guest commentator/presenter for BBC Proms and Radio 3 and was on the UK panel for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

 She is a tutor for the NYO and a regular jury member for competitions.  She is much in demand for educational activities, is artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, cello studies at the Royal College of Music, Clare College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

 “…sparks of electricity.  Martlew drew from a deep well of expressive intensity…A shimmering performance…uncommon sensitivity.”  THE STRAD

Finnegan Downie-Dear is a young conductor and pianist from London who balances a growing international career with his role as music director of Shadwell Opera.

He studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both with distinction and from the Academy with the prestigious DipRAM for outstanding performance.  Whilst a student at the Academy he was awarded all the major internal awards for accompaniment as well as the Gerald Moore Award, and following his studies was awarded the Academy’s Hodgson Memorial Scholarship to spend a year curating a series of concerts focusing on Mahler’s complete song catalogue.

Finnegan has given recitals at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square, the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House and Kings Place, and has appeared as part of the Oxford Lieder, Aberystwyth, Buxton, Cambridge, Gower, St. Magnus International and Oxford Lieder Festivals, as well as live on BBC Radio 3.  Since 2014 he has worked for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as an assistant and repetiteur.  He is increasingly recognised as an ardent proponent of music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has a particular interest in working with singers in opera and in recital.