6 Apr 2019 19:30 - St Luke's C of E Church, Erleigh Road, Reading

The Choir is joined for this concert by cellist Stephanie Tress for two contemporary works written for cello and choir.
Tavener’s Svyati (Holy one) is a profoundly beautiful and moving work, which sets the text of a Russian Orthodox prayer for mercy, with the cello representing the priest.
Nystedt’s Stabat Mater, a stark and powerful piece, explores the emotion and pain of the mother of the crucified Christ.
The cello also accompanies Bach’s Jesu meine Freude, his earliest and most complex motet. It reveals the composer at his expressive best with wonderful word-painting and a huge dramatic range.  Albert Schweitzer described it as Bach’s sermon on Life and Death.
Three gems from the renaissance by Byrd, Tallis and Gesualdo contrast with the contemporary pieces.
Also on the programme is Nystedt’s extraordinary Immortal Bach, a fascinating setting of Komm süsser Tod, (Come sweet death), ‘exquisite and intriguing, incredibly simple, yet beautiful as well’.

Music Director: David Young
Cello: Stephanie Tress. See below for more details on the cellist.


Full: £15 • Concessions: £10 • Under 18: £5
Children free if two adult tickets bought at full price.


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Stephanie graduated from the Joint Course at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music in 2014. She received a First Class degree from both institutions and a number of prizes, most notably the Sir John Barbirolli Cello Competition (2013). Prior to that she studied at the HfK in Bremen, Germany, with Alexander Baillie and with Michal Kaznowski at the RCM Junior Department.

As a soloist she has performed a number of concertos with orchestras around the UK, and as an orchestral freelancer has played with the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and Opera North. She is also the cellist of the contemporary music group House of Bedlam, with whom she has appeared at eclectic venues around the UK and on Radio 3’s Hear and Now.

She is a founding member of the Solem Quartet, which was formed in 2011 and has since established itself as one of the most prominent quartets of its generation. The quartet won the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2014, and has since won the Tunnell Trust Award and Park Lane Young Artist Award, as well as appearing at Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, various festivals and on BBC Radio. They were Junior Fellows at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2015-17 and have performed or given workshops at Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, LSE and Leeds Universities. They are currently Ensemble in Residence at Aberystwyth MusicFest and Quartet in Residence at Liverpool University, where their tenure has just been renewed until 2022. The quartet is represented by Tashmina Artists.