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Shulah Oliver and Simon Marlow
violin and piano
Saturday, 25th February 2011
Cosy Hall

Benjamin Britten............................ Waltz from Suite for Violin & Piano Op. 6
Frank Bridge................................. Amaryllis..
Eva Ruth Spalding..........................Poeme

Christian Carpenter........................Sonata for Violin and Piano

Rebecca Clarke.............................Passacaglia
Ralph Vaughan Williams...................Romance for Viola and Piano

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford..............Sonata No.1 in D major Op.11
Frank Bridge..................................Heart's Ease

Shulah and Simon have performed together since 2003, giving acclaimed performances across the U.K. They have a passion for performing the works of British composers from the 1800’s to present day, especially those that are now little known and rarely performed. In 2010 they released their first CD of purely English repertoire. ‘Portraits of England’ is a collection of works, by leading composers of the late 19th / early 20th century, that have been quite unfairly forgotten through the passage of time - each work portrays a different image of England.

Shulah Oliver completed her Masters Degree in Performance with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2006, having studied violin with Howard Davis. She was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for her outstanding Final Recital. Her research and concert project involved the study of the British composer Eva Ruth Spalding (1882-1969) and performance of her works. She has a passion for introducing audiences to rarely performed works or works of lesser-known British composers and performing their works with the hope of keeping their music alive and a part of our musical heritage. Her studies were assisted by awards from the Elmley and EMI Music Sound Foundations, Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and Winifred Disney.

Shulah is a well-respected soloist who is regularly invited to perform concertos with orchestras and give recitals with piano around the country. She is also the lead violinist in the Astaria Quartet and Fordante, string player of Duo Armande (who gave a very successful concert tour of Corfu in 2011) and was violinist of the Lichnowsky Piano Trio who were prize winners at the 2003 European Music Competition for Youth. As a soloist and ensemble member she has played in venues nationwide and been invited to play in festivals such as the Paganini London Festival, Norfolk and Norwich, Worcester Festival, Peter-Maxwell Davis, Rutland Boughton Festival and St. Endellion Festivals.

Shulah graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First Class Honours Joint Principal (violin/viola) degree in 2004. She was a finalist in the 19th Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition and at the Delius Prize and has received commendations in several competitions including the Wilfred Parry Prize, the Winifred Small Prize and Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, and received the John Mundy and D-Day Fund Prize Awards from RAM.

Shulah was a member of the prestigious European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She now freelances with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, English Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan and the Emerald Ensemble and is invited to guest lead several orchestras.

In the Summers of 2008, 2009 and 2011 Shulah was the only violinist selected from the UK to take part and perform at the prestigious London Masterclasses with Gyorgy Pauk. She has participated in many masterclasses with violinists and violists including Tasmin Little, When Zhou Lee, Thomas Brandis, Bruno Giuranna and Yuri Bashmit.
Simon Marlowread music at Cambridge University, studied the piano with Ivey Dickson and Lilli Raeburn, and chamber music with Manoug Parikian. He made his debut recital with the violinist Roger Garland at the Wigmore Hall, and established a successful career as soloist, chamber musician and in song recitals.

Among the many musicians Simon has worked with, he has built an outstanding partnership with Ivo-Jan van der Werff, the Medici Quartet violist, with whom he has recorded music by Max Reger and more recently a CD of all the viola/piano works of Arnold Bax. They recently made a round-the-world tour with concerts in New York, New Zealand and Hong Kong, where they also gave a series of master classes at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

As is not unusual, his life has taken a number of unexpected directions. These have included working for ten years with the Lucis Trust, an educational charity, becoming involved in various human and world welfare movements and also in forays into local politics. But central to his interests is his busy musical career which features frequent concert appearances in Britain and many other European countries as well as recitals in the United States, Sri Lanka and Iceland. He has appeared with the Scottish Chamber O Orchestra, broadcast and made several recordings.