Martin James Bartlett performs Rachmaninov at St David’s Hall with the Cardiff Philharmonic
Martin James Bartlett makes his debut at St David’s Hall on 20 October 2017, performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with the Cardiff Philharmonic.
Elsewhere this month, he appears in recital at the Outwood Academy Foxhills in Scunthorpe on 13 October. He performs a programme of works by Bach, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. He also joins the Epiphoni Consort in London on 28 October for a consort commemorating the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia.
Of a performance at the Van Cliburn Competition earlier this year, TheatreJones wrote “[Bartlett] is so at ease that he could be in his own living room with no one listening”.
Programme and performers announced for Intermusica Charity Concert!
There’s now less than a week to go before Intermusica’s Charity Concert in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation, and we’re delighted to announce our full programme and performers.
From the Renaissance strains of Monteverdi to the luscious sonorities of Elgar, this programme will showcase the unique talents of the Intermusica staff team, along with guest appearances from our esteemed artists.
Highlights include a piece composed by Intermusica’s Head of International Touring, Peter Ansell, as well as a performance of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ unforgettable Farewell to Stromness by Intermusica Managing Director, Stephen Lumsden. The evening will culminate in Brahms’ stunning Geistliches Lied, originally written for choir and organ, and heard here in a special arrangement for string orchestra and choir by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
7 – 8.15pm, followed by post-concert drinks
St James’ Church, Islington
Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Crystal Wharf Singers* (Intermusica choir)
de Visée & Monteverdi Selected songs
Julian Gregory (The King's Singers**), tenor / Peter Martin*, theorbo
Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness
Stephen Lumsden*, piano
Elgar Chanson de Matin, Op.15 (arr. Shaw)
Rachel Walters*, piano / Katherine Walters, piano
Piano Duet – TBA
Martin James Bartlett**, piano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Peter Ansell* Summer Night
Susanna Hurrell**, soprano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op.20
Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta * (Intermusica string orchestra)
Brahms Geistliches Lied, Op.30 (arr. John Eliot Gardiner**)
Crystal Wharf Singers / Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta
* Intermusica staff / ** Intermusica artists
We are thrilled to be joined by a number of representatives from Pelican Cancer Foundation, including CEO Sarah Crane and Head of Community Fundraising, Tim Lockwood, who will tell us more about Pelican and the positive impact of fundraising initiatives such as these.
This concert has been reported in the Islington Gazette and Classical Music magazine, and has received support from the Association of British Orchestras.
Tickets can be purchased online here for a suggested donation of £10 or minimum donation of £5, or on the door (cash only). For those who cannot attend but would still like to make a donation, please visit Pelican's website here and type 'Intermusica' in the text box within the form; this will ensure that your donation is credited to our campaign.
We very much hope you will support Intermusica and Pelican by coming along on the 26th – we look forward to seeing you for a drink afterwards!
Martin James Bartlett progresses to Quarterfinals at Van Cliburn competition
It was announced on Sunday 28 May that Martin James Bartlett had progressed to the Quarterfinals stage of the Van Cliburn competition, one of 20 pianists advancing to this round, and the only British participant.
Bartlett performed his quarterfinal recital yesterday at 16:25 local time, with the following programme:
Domenico Scarlatti - Piano Sonata in E Major, K.380/L.23
Domenico Scarlatti - Piano Sonata in B Minor, K.27
Enrique Granados - Goyescas, Op.11
'El amor y la muerte'
Robert Schumann / Franz Liszt - Widmung
Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Sonata No.7 in B-flat Major, Op.83
1. Allegro inquieto (in B-flat major)
2. Andante caloroso (in E major)
3. Precipitato (in B-flat major)
You can watch the web broadcast from the competition on Medici TV.
The Quarterfinals continue on 30 May, and 12 competitors will advance to the Semifinals on 1-5 June.
Martin James Bartlett joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Intermusica is thrilled to welcome pianist Martin James Bartlett for worldwide representation.
Bartlett won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014 when he performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
He subsequently began his undergraduate studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Foundation Scholar. In 2015 he made his BBC Proms debut performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre. In 2016 Bartlett performed for HM The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other senior members of the Royal Family at the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s 90th birthday in St Paul’s Cathedral. Following his success in the BBC Young Musician Competition, Bartlett received support from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
It was announced in March that Bartlett had qualified for the final rounds of the Van Cliburn Competition, the only British artist to be participating, and will shortly be travelling to Texas for the competition.
“Martin James Bartlett brought maximum feeling to the music and played with astonishing delicacy and punch.”
"The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling"
Watch Martin James Bartlett perform the first movement of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3: