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Saturday 21st April 2018

Celebration of the Life of the late Roy Teed

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Brahms: Double Concerto for violin and ‘cello

Soloists: Martyn Jackson and Rowena Calvert

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite

Roy Teed: Phantasy for Flute and Strings

Soloist: Debbie Rogers

Sibelius: Symphony no 7

We had originally talked with Roy Teed about a concert to celebrate his 90th birthday, but sadly this was not to be.  However, Roy had a considerable input to this programme celebrating his life.  Roy was keen to include Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’ in memory of the end of World War I.  He was a great admirer of Brahms and very keen to promote young gifted soloists – hence the choice of the concerto for Violin and Cello with our soloists Martyn Jackson and Rowena Calvert.  Roy was also very keen on Sibelius and admired his concise 7th Symphony.  Given Roy’s considerable output as a composer (he was invited by the Royal Academy of Music to become Professor of Composition there), we felt it most appropriate to include his Phantasy for Flute and Strings with soloist, Debbie Rogers, who also gave the first performance of this work.

For over twenty years Roy Teed was President of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra.  His encyclopaedic knowledge of music would frequently come to the fore when discussing programmes.  For many years he wrote the programme notes and these notes have been very kindly passed on to us for future use.  Roy was involved with generations of music students in London and Colchester. In 1977 he became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.  He had also been invited to teach piano at the Colchester Institute and some 36 years ago he established the Roy Teed Cup for Composition at the Institute; the Cup is still being awarded.  We will always be grateful for Roy’s encouragement and support for the Colchester Symphony Orchestra over so many years.  But we will miss his typical ‘bravo’ at the end of a concert.

Our soloists for the Brahms double concerto are Martyn Jackson and Rowena Calvert.  British violinist Martyn Jackson has been acclaimed by The Berliner Morgenpost as “a truly sensitive musician, impassioned playing and utterly compelling” and as “stunning, a player of great intensity .... a remarkably accomplished young violinist” by MusicWeb International. Legendary violinist Ida Haendel described him as “one of the most exceptionally gifted violinists I have ever encountered.”  Martyn's recent concert schedule has included solo and chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Gasteig Philharmonie, Purcell Room and King's Place. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Berliner Capella.  In addition to his solo concert schedule Martyn now leads the Allegri Quartet. He performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, kindly on loan to him from Frau Angela Schmeink.

Both Martyn and Rowena were members of the Cavaleri Quartet until February 2016, when the quartet disbanded. The Cavaleri String Quartet won several prizes in international chamber music competitions including first prize at the 2012 Hamburg  International Chamber Music Competition. As winners of the 2011 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition in London, the quartet gave concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and made frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. The quartet toured extensively in South America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Europe giving live radio broadcasts in each country.

Rowena Calvert, Artistic Director of the Hertford International Concert Series, leads an enormously varied and enjoyable career as a soloist and chamber musician.  As a soloist, Rowena  has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and Queens Hall, as well as making appearances at both the Manchester and Kronberg Cello Festivals. 2018 engagements include performances of the Saint Saens, Vivaldi and Elgar Cello Concertos as well as the Brahms Double Concerto with her husband, Rhys Watkins.  Rowena has recently enjoyed touring as part of the band for Has Zimmer and also  Nigel Kennedy.  She plays on an 1824 cello by Bernard Simon Fendt, kindly on loan to her by Nicolas Roberts.

Debbie Rogers was born in Ipswich and has spent most of her life in Suffolk. She studied flute at the Royal Academy of Music Academy with Derek Honner, and then continued her studies with M.Caratgé in Paris for a year. Following this she returned to Suffolk and formed various chamber groups including the ‘Berners Ensemble’ and the ‘Orwell Ensemble’.

In 1983 she moved to South Africa where she lived and worked as a performing musician for about eight years. She was co-principal flute in the National Orchestra for a number of those years and on returning to Suffolk has continued to play orchestral music. She is principal flute with Wolsey Orchestra, the Kingfisher Sinfonietta and, of course, the Colchester Symphony Orchestra.

Debbie lives in a small but thriving village in a ‘listed’ 14th Century thatched cottage that she and her family saved from falling down – this included learning medieval building skills!