Sussex Concerts

Concert Details

Promoted by: St. Leonard’s Church, Seaford
Time: Saturday, 17 June 2017, at 1:00pm
Place: St Leonard’s Church, Seaford
Description: Polyphonica Recorder Trio was formed in 2006. The trio is committed to historically
informed performance as well as advancing the recorder as a modern instrument
through collaboration with composers. Current commissions include works by Steve
Marshall, UK, Robert Allworth, Australia, Stephen Yates, Australia, and Jean-
Christophe Rosaz, France.
The trio is delighted to present exciting, innovative and informative programmes including
collaborations with renowned artists Robert Cross, countertenor, and harpist Robin
Ward, and collaborations with composers including Jean-Christophe Rosaz (France),
Norman Skipp (UK), Robert Allworth (Australia), and Stephen Yates (Australia).
Polyphonica has a blossoming international presence having performed in the Netherlands,
France, and a number of times in Germany with further concerts there in October,
Polyphonica released their self-titled debut album in August 2010, which features music
from 14th century monody and music by Henry VIII, Susato, Holborne, Genzmer,
Allworth, Matheson and Sieg. Their second CD will be released in 2017, featuring music
for voice and recorders. In 2017 they will recording their second CD featuring music
for voice and recorders with renowned counter tenor, Robert Cross.
Polyphonica is dedicated to providing workshops on recorder playing and performance
practice to people of all ages through festivals, summer schools and other workshops.
The trio is Ensemble in Residence for the Cheltenham Recorder Festival, one the biggest
festivals for recorder players in Europe.

Grace Barton graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1998 with a First
Class BMus Hons degree and went on to gain a Diploma in Professional Studies in
Recorder Performance. In 2004 she graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The
Hague where she had studied recorder with Reine-Marie Verhagen and Historical Performance
Practice with Peter van Heyghen and she has also studied with the renowned
Anneke Boeke. Grace has performed regularly as a soloist and with Birmingham
Baroque and La Sprezzatura. She is director of the Wirral Recorder Orchestra.
She taught at the Birmingham Conservatoire and tutors on various day and residential
courses including her own series of workshops in the Wirral for advanced players.

Simone Reid studied the recorder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Franz
Liszt Hochschule in Weimar and the Birmingham Conservatoire and has taken lessons
with such prestigious professors as Pamela Thorby, Anneke Boeke, Annabel Knight,
Myrian Eichberger and Ross Winters. Simone performs regularly with her various ensembles
and as a soloist. She teaches on the Knuston Hall adult education courses
and is a conductor of the Northampton Society of Recorder Players. Simone has appeared
numerous times in Poland where she tutored and performed as a soloist.
Simone is a sought-after teacher having a private teaching practise in Northampton.

Michael Piraner has a Diploma of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, A BMus
from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and an MA in Music from the University of
Birmingham. He moved to London in 1991 where he studied recorder with Anneke
Boeke at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From 1998-2001 Michael held the
position of recorder teacher at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in Australia. He has
performed in the UK with Birmingham Baroque, and with various ensembles in the
USA and Australia and he has recorded and broadcast with various radio programmes
in Australia and the United States. Michael recently performed as a soloist in France,
where he will be returning to perform in 2018. Michael takes a regular series of recorder
workshops for players of all abilities in Seaford as well as having a thriving private
teaching practice in Brighton.


Estampi - Anonymous 14th century
Lamento di Tristano / la Rotta

La Disperata - Vincenzo Ruffo (c. 1508 -1587)
La Gamba e basso

Pastime - Henry VIII (1491 – 1547)

Ronde VI - Tielman Susato (c. 1510/15 – after 1570)

Trio Sonata - Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)

Trio - Harald Genzmer (1909 – 2007)
Mäßig bewegt
Rondo Sehr Lebhaft

Three Wise Monkeys (2013) - Jean-Christophe Rosaz (born 1961)

Pina Ya Phala – African Suite No. 2 (1995) - Soren Sieg (born 1961)
1. Ka go sale
2. Noka ee tone
3. Borakalano
Tickets: The Concert lasts approximately an hour has free admission with a retiring collection
Contact: John Baker

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