Freddie Brown Piano
18th October 2014
Cosy Hall, Water Lane, Newport
Schumann Three Romances
More often performed in the original version for the oboe. Each Romance is a love song to Clara Schumann
Johannes Brahms Sonata in F minor op.120 no 1
This Sonata and its companion in E flat stem from a period of Brahms life when he discovered the beauty of the sound and colour of the clarinet. He was inspired by the playing of Richard Mühlfeld especially in the Weber Clarinet Concerto and the Mozart Clarinet Quintet.
Acclaimed for his “fluidity of tonal colour' and “highly communicative, musically intelligent, impressively insightful' playing, Joseph Shiner is the recipient of the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Worshipful Company of Musician's Maisie Lewis Young Artists’ Fund and Princes Prize, the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, the Royal Academy of Music Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize and the Royal Academy of Music Keith Pearson Memorial Prize.
Joseph has taken principal positions with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia and the London Pops Orchestra, and is a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts Scheme. As well as forming a prolific duo with pianist Frederick Brown, reviewed as 'a very strong duo partnership... one to watch’, Joseph is a founding member of the wind quintet 'Magnard Ensemble', chamber music fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for 2014-2015.
Joseph has premiered concertos by Mullov-Abbado and Whitley, and his repertoire includes an expanding number of commissions. In 2012 he accepted a Contemporary Ensemble fellowship at the Atlantic Music Festival, Maine, USA, During the four weeks of his residency Joseph premiered nearly forty works.
After studying at Wells Cathedral School with Dr. Kevin Murphy, he read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he graduated with Double First Class Honours, before completing postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark van de Wiel, Angela Malsbury, and Chi-Yu Mo, where he graduated with the DipRAM. He has been supported by the Royal Academy of Music, the Stanley Picker Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Michael James Musical Trust, the Gemma Trust, the Cherubim Trust and a Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award. He is currently undertaking study with Patrick Messina (Orchestre National de France).
Kindly supported by Making Music's Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists Scheme
Frederick Brown (piano)
Freddie Brown recently graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Previously, he read music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he was also organ scholar, and graduated in July 2011 with a first-class degree and the Peter le Huray prize for academic achievement.
Freddie performs widely as a chamber musician and accompanist. Over the past year he has appeared in venues including St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, the Wigmore Hall, The Fondazione Cini in Venice and Cornwall’s St Endellion Summer Festival. He is a keen exponent of new music, having given premieres of works by Josephine Stevenson, Thomas Wraith and Kate Whitley, Sally Beamish, Benjamin Cox, Christopher Fox and Nigel Hess among others. An experienced partner of singers, in recent months he has won prizes for song accompaniment in the Joan Chissell and Thelma King competitions as well as holding the Henry Dixon and Pitt-Rivers awards at the Academy. He has appeared as an accompanist in masterclasses with Olaf Bar (at the Wigmore Hall), Helmut Deutsch, Dennis O Neil, Simon Keenlyside and the late Sir John Shirley Quirk. Also an active continuo player, he regularly performs in the Academy’s Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series.
Whilst a student at the academy he recorded with the Royal Academy Soloists Ensemble in a disc of chamber arrangements of works by Mahler, Zemlinsky, Busoni and Wagner, under the direction of Trevor Pinnock, due to be released in 2015. He is recently appeared in partnering violinist Mark Seow in a concert of works by F.S Kelly for the City of London Festival, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a later date.
He holds the position of assistant conductor with Twickenham Choral Society and was engaged as assistant on a new production of La Traviata staged at Iford Arts Festival in June 2013, and worked in the same role for Royal Academy Opera’s November 2013 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. He will return to the Royal Academy of Music from September to take up a junior fellowship with the opera department