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What's On > Wardown Winter Recital

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Date: Sunday 3rd December, 2017
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Cost: 8 (includes a pre-show hot drink and mince pie in The Dining Room)
Group discount: Buy 10+ and save 10%
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy Tickets

Part of Wardown House at Christmas

Luton Culture and Sinfonia Verdi present

Enjoy a violin and cello duo in the beautifully decorated, Christmas splendour of the Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum's unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.

The performance features two of the UK’s leading musicians, Simon Smith (Violin) and Katherine Jenkinson (Cello).

A full programme for the evening will be available shortly. 

Also, enjoy a pre-show hot drink (tea or coffee) and mince pie included in the ticket price. Visit The Dining Room from 3 - 4pm and show your ticket to claim. Food and drinks can not be taken into The Drawing Room. 

Simon Smith (Violin)

Simon has performed as a soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. John’s SmithSquare. Recitals throughout the UK have included the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London. He has performed extensively in recitals and concertos across Russia, including his Moscow debut, as well as  concertos in Beijing and Hong Kong. In 2016 he released his debut CD of solo works by Bartok and Kurtag on the Resonus label and performed these works in a series of concerts in the UK, and internationally, including a debut concert in Singapore.

A committed chamber musician, Simon was a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Octet, performing in concert halls and broadcasts worldwide. A CD of duos and trios by Kodaly and Dohnanyi, with Katherine Jenkinson, Paul Silverthorne and Clare Hayes was released in January 2017.

In addition to the RCMJD Simon teaches at Wells Cathedral School and, since 2004, at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He has given masterclasses throughout the UK, across Russia and in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. He has recently been chairman of the jury for a violin competition in Kazan, Russia.

Simon studied with David Martin and Frederick Grinke, and then with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music, where he was awarded the Gold Medal. He received a DAAD scholarship to continue his studies in Germany with Wanda Wilkomirska.
He plays on a Rogeri violin, made in 1708.

Katherine Jenkinson (Cello)

Katherine Jenkinson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading cellists specialising in solo and chamber music. The Independent newspaper recently praised her ‘[...] technical security backed up by rare musical sensitivity’. She was musically educated at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained a first class degree, a distinction in performance and the acclaimed Dip RAM. She has since been privileged to become an Associate of this institution (ARAM).

Katherine has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, in Africa, USA and Asia. This summer (2017) she recorded a new cello concerto with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra by the British composer, Oliver Davis. Chamber music is a key part of Katherine’s life. She has been a member of various groups, most notably The Allegri String Quartet (2008-2011) and The Aquinas Piano Trio with whom she spends much time. Their recordings of trios by Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns (Guild) gained much praise from both Gramophone and The Strad and became their ‘Choice of the month’. They are recording for the Naxos label in early Autumn 2017. The trio will be performing a ‘Schumann Cycle’ at Kings Place in 2018 and after their sold-out debut performance at Wigmore Hall in 2015 they have been invited to perform every season until 2020/2021.

Katherine has taught performance classes and been an adjudicator at the Royal Academy of Music, given masterclasses at Trinity Laban (as part of the International String Quartet Festival), Kazan Conservatory (Russia), at the Music Conservatory in Kazakhstan as well as Junior Guildhall and Junior Academy.

In 2008, Katherine had the amazing experience of playing to orphans, landmine victims and malaria patients in refugee camps on the Thailand- Burma border.

Katherine plays on an Italian cello by Taningardi made in 1703. She is grateful to the Countess of Munster for their help in the purchase and restoration of this cello.