Canterbury Music Club

Thursday 16 March 2017 · 7.45pm

Trevor Pinnock - harpsichord
Jonathan Manson - viola da gamba

This event forms part of Canterbury Arts Council's 50th Anniversary Showcase ·

Bach · Sonata in G major  for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1027:    Adagio, allegro ma non tanto, Andante, Allegro moderato
Couperin · Suite in F:  Prélude, Allemande, Gigue, Chaconne
Bach · Sonata in D Major
Marais · La petite Bru. Air gracieux (from Book V, 1725), Le Badinage (book IV 1717), Chaconne (Book V, 1725)
Handel · Chaconne in G,  HWV 435
Bach · Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1029:    Vivace, Adagio, Allegro

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Trevor Pinnock
Trevor Pinnock · harpsichord

Trevor Pinnock is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with The English Concert, the orchestra which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.

Recent conducting highlights include Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Les Violons du Roi and Kioi Sinfonietta.

In 2016 Trevor conducts two tours with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Maria João Pires. He will also conduct the Dresdner Phiharmonie and make return visits to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kammerakademie Potsdam, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Kammerorchester Basel, Kioi Sinfonietta, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. 

Trevor brings Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Theatre Music to the Wigmore Hall where later in the season he will also perform chamber music by Purcell, Corelli and Handel with Sophie Gent, Matthew Truscott and Jonathan Manson as part of a UK tour. He  will also give solo recitals including music by Froberger and Louis Couperin which he will record on the 1627 and 1635 Ioannes Ruckers harpsichords in The Flint Collection.

Recordings to be released this season on the Linn label include a solo recital ‘Journey - 200 years of harpsichord music’ and the Mozart Gran Partita for winds and a Haydn Notturno with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. Trevor’s work at the RAM also includes orchestral concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of the Concert Orchestra and opera projects. 

In 2006 Pinnock founded the European Brandenburg Ensemble to celebrate his 60th birthday. Their recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on the Avie label was awarded a 2008 Gramophone prize.  

Trevor Pinnock is President of the Faversham Music Club in Kent, which puts on a number of popular concerts and social events each year.

Honorary doctorates: University of Ottawa (D. University) in 1993, University of Kent (DMus) in 1995, University of Sheffield (DMus) in 2005.

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1992 and an Officier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.

Jonathan Manson Jonathan Manson · viola da gamba

Jonathan Manson is one of Europe’s leading performers on both cello and viola da gamba. Born in Edinburgh to a musical family, he received his formative training at the International Cello Centre under the direction of Jane Cowan, later going on to study with Steven Doane and Christel Thielmann at the Eastman School of Music in New York. A growing fascination for early music led him to Holland, where he studied viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

For ten years he was the principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with whom he performed and recorded more than 150 Bach cantatas and, together with Yo-Yo Ma, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos. Nowadays Jonathan specialises mainly in chamber music, performing repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic. He is a founding member of the viol consort Phantasm, which has toured worldwide and made numerous recordings; several of these have won major prizes, including Gramophone Awards in 1997 and 2004. Jonathan was recently invited to become the cellist of the London Haydn Quartet, whose recording of Haydn’s op. 50 quartets is due to be released shortly on the Hyperion label. Highlights of their next season include tours to Australia, Canada and the USA.

A long-standing partnership with the harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock has led to critically acclaimed recordings of the Bach sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord, and, together with Rachel Podger, Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concert. In recent years Jonathan and Trevor have joined forces with flautist Emmanuel Pahud and violinist Matthew Truscott, leading to two best-selling recordings of Bach and tours of Europe, the USA and the Far East.

Jonathan frequently appears as a principal and continuo player with the Dunedin Consort,Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and other leading early music groups. Recent highlights have included recitals with Elizabeth KennyCarolyn SampsonIestyn DaviesTim MeadSteven Devine and Laurence Cummings, being invited to play the solo viol part in George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin at the Royal Opera House, and an appearance as viola da gamba soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic. As a concerto soloist he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre, as well as further afield, in Hong Kong, Potsdam, the Haydn Festspiele in Eisenstadt and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Since 2003, Jonathan has been professor for baroque cello and viola da gamba at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is a regular guest at the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College. He has also been invited to teach on numerous courses around the world, including those in Germany, Israel, Hong Kong, Portugal, Iceland and the USA, as well as closer to home, at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Jonathan lives in Oxfordshire with his oboist wife Frances and their golden retriever, Finn.