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Concert 45 – Music of Senegal and the Gambia

Friday 26 January 2024, 7pm (doors 6:30pm)

Kadialy Kouyaté, kora & Sefo Kanuteh, balafon

Following on from a sell-out sitar & tabla recital, the World Classics Series now presents a concert at which kora player/singer Kadialy Kouyaté and balafon player Sefo Kanuteh will be performing music from West Africa.

Kadialy will be very familiar to World Classics aficionados, having previously featured in the series as a soloist, and in duo with fula flute and ngoni. He is a southern Senegalese jeli or griot – a troubadour/historian who passes on ancient traditions and stories through song and performance.


Venues at which he has performed include the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, and he has appeared throughout Europe, as well as in Australia and North America. Kadialy has also taught kora (a long-necked harp/lute) at SOAS University of London for the past decade.

Sefo is a balafon and kora player from the Gambia who has worked with Baaba Maal and the BKO Quintet, and who also makes all his own instruments. He comes from a long musical line, his uncle having taught him the balafon (African xylophone) and his father’s kora-playing having motivated him to learn that instrument. Sefo’s favourite aspect of performing is sharing his culture with audiences, inspiring them to adopt a more joyous way of life through music.

Kadialy lives in London, and Sefo is Norwich-based.


This St Ives recital will be their only appearance in the Westcountry in 2024.


World Classics Series

Concert 46 – Music of North India XIV

Saturday 27th April 2024, 7:15pm (Doors 6:45pm)

Anagha Bhat, khyal vocal

Pulkit Sharma, tabla

Siddhiie Kapshikarr, harmonium

Tickets £22: from Will Sleath

 07946 515538 or

Subsequent to a packed-out African concert, the World Classics Series now presents a recital by khyal singer Anagha Bhat, who will be accompanied by Pulkit Sharma on tabla & Siddhiie Kapshikarr on harmonium. She sings in the Hindustani classical style known as khyal (Urdu: imagination), which features great freedom of expression, florid ornamentation and technical virtuosity, and is in contrast to the stricter dhrupad style. During this brief visit to the UK Anagha’s only appearances will be at St Ives Arts Club and the Indian Embassy in London.


Based in Bengaluru in the Indian state Karnataka, Anagha Bhat is a disciple of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, who gave a memorable performance at St Ives Arts Club in 2009. She has performed extensively both in India and abroad, and was selected for the ONEBEAT programme and the ETHNO music project. Anagha holds a BA in computer science and an MA in Hindustani vocal music.

Tabla player Pulkit Sharma is a pupil of Sarvar Sabri, and performs both as a soloist and as an accompanist.

Harmonium player Siddhiie Kapshikarr holds a BMus from Vishwakarma University, Pune and an MA in audio production from the University of Westminster.


Concert 44 – Music of North India XIII 

Mehboob Nadeem, sitar & Hanif Khan, tabla

Friday 3rd November, 7:00pm (Doors 6:30pm)

Tickets £22
Please contact Will Sleath:
07946 515538 or



St Ives Arts Club is delighted to announce resumption of the World Classics Series in the shape of a sitar & tabla recital featuring sitar player Mehboob Nadeem, who plays in the gayaki (singing) style developed by the late Vilayat Khan, and tabla player Hanif Khan, who will be very familiar to World Classics audiences.

This will be the 13th recital of North Indian music in collaboration with Viram Jasani since the series’ inception in 2007.



Concert 43 – Music of North India XII
Celebrating a decade of the World Classics Series


Rajan & Sajan Mishra - khyal vocal.
Sanju Sahai - tabla.
Sumit Mishra - harmonium.

A collaboration between St Ives Arts Club and Asian Music Circuit, London.

Friday 29th June 2018
Doors 6.30 pm. Performance 7.00 pm.

The Mishra brothers are India’s foremost exponents of the florid and virtuosic khyal vocal style. We are extremely fortunate that Rajan & Sajan have agreed to appear in St Ives, this being their only concert outside London during their visit from India.

They will be accompanied on tabla (player tba), with harmonium (Sumit Mishra) echoing the singing and enriching the texture.

We are once again indebted to Asian Music Circuit, who are organising the Mishra brothers’ tour, for their generous support for this concert, and to St Ives Arts Club for hosting and supporting the event.


Concert 42 – Traditional Gypsy Traveller


Songs of Britain and Ireland


Sam Lee sings Traditional Gypsy Traveller Songs of Britain and Ireland.

Friday 2nd December 2016
Doors 6.30 pm. Performance 7.00 pm.

Sam Lee studied at Chelsea School of Art and worked as a forager and wilderness expert while moonlighting as a burlesque dancer, until a chance encounter led him to the Scottish traveller Stanley Robertson and a four year apprenticeship in the traditional song style that few outside the traveller and gypsy communities have experienced.

Since bursting onto the folk scene at the end of the noughties, Mercury Prize nominee Sam has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector. He’s also been the driving force behind the award winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and is the founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records. Sam is a 21st century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in folk history and lore.

Awarded the 2011 Arts Foundation prize and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Award for his debut album Ground Of Its Own, Sam has taken his music worldwide to over 20 countries, appeared in Peaky Blinders on TV and joined The Unthanks at the Barbican in London. He’s also an award winning promoter and live events producer through his 2010 BBC Folk Club of the Year The Magpieʼs Nest, now The Nest Collective.

Sam’s St Ives Arts Club concert will be a solo performance.


Concert 41 – Music Of Ivory Coast and Senegal


Sidiki Dembélé, ngoni.

Kadialy Kouyaté, kora.

Saturday 2nd July 2016
Doors 6.30 pm, Performance 7.00 pm.

More Info:

Sidiki Dembélé - Website

Kadialy Kouyaté - Website


Concert 40 – Music Of Iraq II


Jamil al-Asadi, qanun & Ahmed Mukhtar, oud.

Friday 11th December 2015
Doors 6.30 pm, Performance 7.00 pm.

Solos and duos by two masters of Arabic classical music, who are the foremost qanun (trapezoidal plucked zither) and oud (short-necked lute) players in Europe – a very rare opportunity to hear Arabic music in Cornwall.

More Info:

Ahmed Mukhtar - Website


Concert 39 – Music of N. India XI


Omkar Dadarkar, khyal vocal.
Sanjoy Adhikary, tabla.

Saturday 7th November 2015
Doors 6.30 pm, Performance 7.00 pm.

With the generous support of Asian Music Circuit, London.

The young vocalist Omkar Dadarkar is the foremost pupil of India’s great khyal exponent Ulhas Kashalkar, who has performed at both St Ives Arts Club and St Ives September Festival. At a time when many people fear that the traditions of Indian classical music are gradually disappearing, the outstanding artist Omkar Dadarkar exudes integrity, authenticity and the very best of the great art of Indian vocal music, and sings in the Gwalior khyal tradition of his teacher, with its bold, clean lines.

Omkar is coming over from India in November with tabla player Sanjoy Adhikary to perform at the V&A in London, and this St Ives recital will be his only appearance outside the capital at this visit to Britain. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of India’s foremost singers right on your doorstep.

Khyal is the chief vehicle for classical vocal music in North India, and comes from an Arabic word meaning imagination. Using a repertoire of short songs known as bandishes – normally in Urdu or Hindi – it is a more recent form than dhrupad, and is freer and more flexible than the austere dhrupad, offering increased scope for improvisation. This highly expressive and romantic genre also features highly virtuosic figuration and ornamentation.

When you’ve heard Omkar’s rendition of Rāg Shankara on YouTube you’re sure to want to book tickets!

Omkar Dadarkar - YouTube

More ......

.Omkar Dadarkar - Website

Omkar Dadarkar - Facebook


Concert 38 – Music of N. India X


Murad Ali Khan, sarangi & Hanif Khan, tabla.

Sunday 6th September 2015
Doors 6.30 pm, Performance 7.00 pm.

Born into a family of musicians, Murad Ali Khan is a sixth-generation sārangī player, and is regarded as being one of the leading exponents of the younger generation. His ancestors were all renowned sārangī players, musicologists and gurus of the Moradabad Gharana.

Beginning his performing career at the tender age of ten, Murad Ali won First Prize in All India Radio’s national music competition in 1992. An All India Radio ‘A’ grade artiste, he has also been a frequent performer at music festivals in India and abroad, and has received accolades for his accompaniment of many noted vocalists and tabla players.

In addition to countless performances in India, he has played at the Darbar Festival and Asian Music Circuit in London and all over Europe, as well as in Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Mauritius, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South America, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, the UAE and the USA.

Murad Ali Khan - Website

Murad Ali Khan - YouTube

The sārangī is a bowed, short-necked string instrument from South Asia that is used in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, as well as being a traditional instrument in Nepal. It is said to most resemble the sound of the human voice, being able to imitate vocal ornaments such as gamaks (shakes) and meends (portamenti).

Carved from a single block of red cedar wood, the sārangī is of a box-like shape, and has three hollow chambers. The bridge supports the huge pressure of the 35-37 sympathetic steel or brass strings and three main gut strings. The three main playing strings – the comparatively thicker gut strings – are bowed with a heavy horsehair bow, and are stopped not with the fingertips but with the nails, cuticles and surrounding flesh, talcum powder being applied to the fingers as a lubricant. The neck has ivory/bone platforms on which the fingers slide. The remaining strings are sympathetic resonance strings or tarabs, divided into 4 ‘choirs’. A properly tuned sārangī will hum and cry, with notes played on any of the main strings eliciting echo-like resonances.

The repertoire of sārangī players is traditionally very closely related to vocal music, and it is still the standard instrument for accompaniment of vocal performance. Solo sārangī music is often vocal music, and it is rare to find a sārangī player who does not know the words of many classical compositions. The words are usually mentally present during performance, and playing nearly always adheres to the conventions of vocal performance, including the organisational structure, the types of elaboration, the tempi, the relationship between sound and silence and the presentation of khyal and thumri compositions.


Concert 37 – Music of China III


Cheng Yu, pipa & guqin.

Friday 30th January 2015
Doors 6.30 pm, Performance 7.00 pm.

Cheng Yu is an internationally renowned virtuoso on the pipa (plucked four string Chinese lute) and guqin (plucked seven-string Chinese zither) and a Chinese music scholar and specialist, and holds degrees in Chinese music from the Xi'an Conservatory of Music, China (BMus) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (MMus, PhD). She performs, records and researches both traditional and contemporary Chinese music, and is involved in cross cultural musical collaboration. She additionally founded the UK Chinese Ensemble and the London Youlan Qin Society, and currently teaches the pipa and guqin at SOAS.

Born to an artistic family in Beijing, Cheng Yu grew up in the Gobi desert in Gansu, Northwest China, where her family had been exiled during the Cultural Revolution. She studied the Pudong style of pipa with her father from the age of seven, and was later trained by experts in the Pinghu style of pipa. Her first concerts were given at the age of ten, and at the age of 13 she won first prize in the National Youth Competition for the Performance of Traditional Instruments. She studied the guqin both with Professor Li Xiangting and at the Xi'an Conservatory, where she graduated with distinction in pipa and qin performance. After winning the Outstanding Pipa Player award in China in the same year she was selected as a pipa soloist for the prestigious China Central Orchestra of Chinese Music in Beijing.

Cheng Yu has been based in London for many years, and has performed over 600 concerts at venues such as the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Duke's Hall in London. She has worked with contemporary composers including Tan Dun, Chen Yi, Xu Yi, Barrington Pheloung, Randy Edelman, Carl Jenkins, Trevor Jones and Fabien Tehericsen. She has toured Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA and has worked on various musical projects with organisations such as WOMAD, Grand Union, the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain de Lyon, the Avignon Orchestra, the Edinburgh String Quartet and World of Strings. Her published CDs include three solo albums, as well as many ensemble and cross cultural recordings under such labels as Realworld, ARC, China Arts, BMG and EMI.

She holds a Masters in Ethnomusicology and a PhD in the ancient music of Xi'an from SOAS and the University of London, and she currently teaches pipa, guqin and Chinese ensemble classes at SOAS.

Her recent research projects include the recreation of the five-stringed pipa (lost since the 8th century Tang Dynasty), which won her major awards from Women in Music, Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The world premiere of the five-stringed pipa in spring 2005 was highly acclaimed, and a CD recording was published in the spring of 2006.


Cheng Yu - YouTube

Cheng Yu - Profile - SOAS

Cheng Yu - UK Chinese Ensemble


Concert 36 – Music of Zimbabwe


Chartwell Dutiro - Mbira & Voice.

Chartwell Dutiro grew up in rural Zimbabwe, and when he was four he started playing the mbira – an ancient instrument consisting of at least 22 metal keys mounted on a wooden soundboard. As a teenager he joined the Salvation Army band, and when he moved to the capital he played in a military marching band. From 1986 to 1994 he toured the world with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited, and since 1994 has been based in Britain, performing, recording and teaching.

He is a Lecturer in African Shamanism and Culture at SOAS, London, and lectures at many other universities, including Plymouth, Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes. He also teaches in primary and secondary schools, both independently and under the umbrella of the Devon Arts in Schools Initiative (Daisi), as a recommended artist for the Norfolk School Advisory Service and for the folk-music association WREN.

Chartwell is the founder of International Mbira Gatherings, which occur throughout the year, is a Womad Foundation recommended artist, often collaborates and performs with the Serona String Quartet, works with many choirs and runs the Mhararano Mbira Academy in Devon.

He and Keith Howard co-edited the publication Zimbabwean Mbira Music On An International Stage: Chartwell Dutiro's Life in Music (SOAS Musicology Series).

His recent collaboration with German musicians Elmar Pohl and Sebastian Pott (Chipindura Mbira Trio) resulted in the newly released double album Pasichigare.
Go to the following link to hear a track:

See also

Friday 17th October 2014
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.

Concert 35 – Music For Concert Harp


Eleanor Turner - Harp.

Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566): Pavana con su glosa
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909): Leyenda (Asturias)
Alan Thomas (b. 1937): The Curl-Up
for prepared electro-acoustic harp, with backing track
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): '… bruyères'
No. 5 from Preludes, Book 2
Marcel Tournier (1879-1951): Sonatine
Allegrement / Calme et expressif / Fievreusement
Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994): My Sweet Lady of Syros
Manos Loïzos (1937-1982): Tzamaika (Jamaica) / Gorgona (Mermaid)
Raymond Murray Schafer (b. 1933): The Crown of Ariadne (1986)
for harp with percussion and tape
Ariadne Awakens / Ariadne's Dance / Labyrinth Dance
Eleanor Turner: Two pieces for harp and loop station
Alice in Escher's Wonderland / Two Breton Girls by the Sea
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivion
Deborah Henson-Conant (b. 1953): Baroque Flamenco

Harpist and composer Eleanor Turner was born in 1982, and started learning the harp at the age of five. She has won prizes at many international and national competitions, including 1st prize (a £20,000 Salvi concert harp) at the 2007 European Harp Competition and 3rd prize at the 2010 Netherlands International Harp Competition. In 2008 Eleanor received a Worshipful Company of Musicians award, which led to her solo Wigmore Hall debut that year. Since then she has given recitals and taught at masterclasses across Europe, sponsored by Salvi Harps.

In addition to her solo performances Eleanor plays in the duo Aquilae together with flautist Lisa Nelsen, in a duo with the cellist Rowena Calvert and in the quartet 4 Girls 4 Harps. In Italy she has played with Quintettango, and she has also performed with the legendary American jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant.

Eleanor owes much to the Live Music Now scheme, as part of which she has played concerts in care homes and schools, and at festivals. As well as enjoying performing in care and community settings, Eleanor composes chamber music for concert and ballet and has had commissions from the Park Lane Group and Independent Ballet Wales.

For a sample of Eleanor's playing go to:
Eleanor Turner - YouTube

See also:
Eleanor Turner - Website

Friday 11th July 2014
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 34 – Music Of North India IX


Piu Sarkhel - Khyal Vocal.
Hanif Khan - Tabla.
Amiruddin Khan - Sarangi.

Piu Sarkhel is quite simply one of the greatest living khyal singers. She gave a recital as part of the World Classics Series in 2009, and in 2006 she performed at Tate St Ives in a double bill with the late Purnima Chaudhuri.

Piu learnt from her father Sri Kamal Bannerjee and has been greatly influenced by the legendary khyal singer Ustad Amir Khan, who stayed at their home in Kolkata on many occasions.

She thus sings in the Amir Khan style, which is characterised by a sense of ease and pace and ranges from meditative to highly virtuosic, and she sings some of his compositions.

Representing the Indore gharana, she is blessed with a superb voice and has developed a fantastic technique. Piu is also one of those rare Indian artists who is highly articulate in English and can talk about her music and perform it with equal ease.

London-based musician Hanif Khan is one of the finest tabla players in the UK. He has become a regular visitor to St Ives, having performed in the World Classics Series on a number of occasions.

Piu and Hanif are being joined by the young sarangi player Amiruddin Khan, who will echo and accompany the vocal line.

To hear Piu sing, go to:
YouTube - Piu Sarkhel - Raga Sohini
See also:
Piu Sarkhel - The Art of Khayal

Friday 4th July 2014
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 33 – Music of North India VIII

- Focus On Tabla


Hanif Khan - Tabla
Viram Jasani - Sitar & Harmonium.

This recital will feature tabla solos accompanied by sitar/harmonium, sitar solos in the free, pulseless ālāp style, and a slow composition in khyāl style for sitar and tabla.

The performance will include recitation of bōls (onomatopoeic representations of drum sounds) and vocal rendition of the khyāl composition.

A short film on the making of tabla drums will also be screened.

Friday 28th February 2014
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.

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Concert 32 – Music of West Africa


Baba Gallé Kante, Fula flute.
Kadialy Kouyate, kora.

Baba Gallé Kante comes from Guinea-Conakry and is a master of the Fula or Fulani flute, a transverse flute that is also known as a tambin. Baba Gallé is now based in the UK.

The Fula flute is a traditional instrument of the Fula people of Guinea Conakry - an ethnic group with ramifications throughout Northern Africa. The instrument first gained international acclaim through the playing of Bailo Bah in performances with Ballet Koteba.

The most striking characteristic of the Fula flute is the voice/flute effect - the performer sings into the instrument at the octave with the blown notes, creating a very powerful and expressive sound. The instrument has a rectangular embouchure, giving it a very special sonority and helping produce strong harmonics.

Kadialy Kouyate was born in southern Senegal into a musical family of griots – West African hereditary bards who perpetuate the oral tradition and history of a village or family. Kadialy played the kora from an early age and was raised by his grandmother, from whom he learnt a wide repertoire of songs based on traditional stories. In addition to using these established forms he subsequently developed his own compositional style.

Kadialy is now based in the UK, and has performed widely, including at the Purcell Room and Midlands Arts Centre. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service, including a live transmission from the WOMAD Festival.

The kora originated with the Mandinka culture of Senegal, and is now played in Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Guinea-Conakry and Guinea Bissau. This unique instrument is classified as a harp-lute, and has a harp-like appearance, a gourd resonator, a notched bridge similar to that of a lute or guitar and 21 strings made of fishing line (!) – to which Kadialy has added a low pitched 22nd string. Its sound is that of a harp, but its intricate playing style is perhaps closer to that of the flamenco guitar.

Friday 14th June 2013
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 31 – Music of the USA


Julie Andrews & Friends play trios, duos & solos for bassoon, flute & piano.

Julie Andrews, bassoon.
Will Sleath, flute.
Tim Carey, piano.

Tim Jansa: Journey from Three Miniatures (2009)
Chick (Armando Anthony) Corea: Trio (1968)
Ezra Donner: Variations (2011)
George Perle: BassoonMusic – solo bassoon (2004)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio WoO 37 (1786)
– I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Thema andante con variazioni –
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in E major BWV 1035 (1741)
– I. Adagio ma non tanto II. Allegro III. Siciliano IV Allegro assai –
George Gershwin: Three Preludes – solo piano (1926)
– I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso II. Andante con moto e poco rubato III. Agitato –
Claude Debussy / Douglas Young: Elegy, Piece & Homage to Haydn (2012)
Lowell Liebermann: Soliloquy op. 44 – solo flute (1993)
Stephen Hough: What Happens to Tears (2008 rev 2012)
Bobby Streng: Break Down (2012)

About The Programme
Tim Jansa: The German American composer Tim Jansa was born in Cologne and now lives in Atlanta. His Three Miniatures were written for the Nuremberg-based Trio37.
Chick Corea: From the 1973 compilation album Inner Space, written for flautist Hubert Laws and bassoonist Karl Porter, with the composer at the keyboard. This was Corea's first attempt at 'a kind of chamber music', which at the time he understood as being 'written music played acoustically but with no drums'.
Ezra Donner: A striking and energetic piece by this 26-year-old pianist & composer, who lives in Bloomington. Written for the Michigan-based Aurea Silva Trio. Given its European première by Julie Andrews & Friends in October 2012.
George Perle: The final opus by this prominent American composer and musicologist, who died in 2009 aged 94. A tightly constructed and witty composition, idiomatically written for the instrument and quoting The Rite of Spring. Written for Steven Dibner, associate principal of the San Francisco Symphony. Given its European première by Julie Andrews in October 2012.
Ludwig van Beethoven: A youthful work showing Beethoven's lighter side, culminating in a set of variations. Written for Count von Westerholt-Gysenberg, who played the bassoon, his daughter Maria, a piano pupil of Beethoven, and a flautist from the family's private wind band.
Johann Sebastian Bach: The most eloquent and florid of JS Bach's flute works, scored for flute and continuo. In 'church sonata' form, opening with an extraordinarily beautiful and richly embellished slow movement. Probably written for King Frederick the Great's valet and flute-duo partner Michael Gabriel Fredersdorf. Realised here as a wind duo, the bassoon playing the bass line 'tasto solo'.
George Gershwin: These preludes, in jazz classical style, were first performed by the composer at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York in 1926.
Claude Debussy / Douglas Young: Three rarely heard piano works of Debussy (dating from 1915, 1904 and 1909 respectively) in arrangements/expansions by pianist & composer Douglas Young, who lives in Oxfordshire. Written for Will, Julie & Tim and beautifully set for the instrumentation. Elegy and Piece match the medium/high register of the bassoon with the mellow timbre of the alto flute. Given its world première by Julie Andrews & Friends in October 2012.
Lowell Liebermann: This Soliloquy was commissioned by Katherine Kemler. Its basic structure is slow/fast/slow, alternating between crotchet = 40 and very rapid passagework. A triadic figure presented at the beginning is used as a structural melodic element throughout the piece.
Stephen Hough: Better known as a concert pianist, Hough has with this trio created a major new work for the repertoire. A highly dramatic and motivically unified composition, featuring virtuosic writing for flute and bassoon, and of course a brilliant piano part. Written for flautist Michael Hasel and bassoonist Marion Reinhard of the Berlin Philharmonic. This is the world première of the 2012 adaptation for flute, bassoon and piano (the originally scoring was piccolo, contrabassoon and piano).
Bobby Streng: Jazz-inspired work by this young American saxophonist & composer, written for the Aurea Silva Trio. Given its European première by Julie Andrews & Friends in October 2012.

About The Performers
Julie Andrews is a freelance bassoonist living in London. she has performed and recorded with most of the London orchestras and chamber ensembles, including as principal bassoon with the Britten Sinfonia and the Haffner Wind Ensemble. As a soloist she has made award-winning recordings of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante and Richard Strauss's Duo Concertante. Julie's playing can be heard on the soundtracks to many TV series and feature films, including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Beach, Chicken Run and Sleepy Hollow.

Will Sleath has lived and worked in Germany, Sweden and England, specialising in period and ethnic flutes and contemporary music. He has played with Göttinger Symphonieorchester, Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The English Concert and Music Projects/London, and in the West End production of Lion King, and has recorded for radio TV and CD. Will has transcribed many ethnic pieces, creating new material that he regularly programmes. He also runs the World Classics Series of ethnic concerts at St Ives Arts Club.

Tim Carey's career as a solo, ensemble and orchestral pianist has taken him to four continents. He has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Bournemouth orchestras and the Ulster Orchestra, plays solo recitals and is a member of the London Tango Quintet. Tim is also the doyen of flute accompanists, as pianist for the world's top flautists and for countless courses, e.g. Cincinnati Flute Symposium and the Wildacres flute course in Carolina. He additionally runs and performs in the biennial Chelmsford Sinfonietta Festival.
Will and Tim formed a duo whilst teaching at the Colchester Institute in the 90s, and they have performed together at Tate St Ives, University College Falmouth, Falmouth Arts.

Friday 26th April 2013
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Julie Andrews


Will Sleath


Tim Carey

Concert 30 – Music of Sweden


Peter Hedlund, nyckelharpa.

Sweden's foremost traditional instrument, the nyckelharpa, is a bowed, keyed fiddle, which has a beautifully rich, powerful and evocative sound. Peter Hedlund, from Hälsingland in northern central Sweden, is a riksspelman (Swedish traditional musician laureate) and the only living nyckelharpa player to hold the coveted Zorn guldmärke (Zorn gold award).

This is a unique opportunity to hear Peter Hedlund perform during his first ever concert tour of the UK, of which his St Ives recital will be the focal event.

Peter tours worldwide, and in Sweden he has on several occasions played for the royal family, including at the royal wedding in 1976. He has appeared as a soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and together with ABBA's Benny Andersson, and has played for numerous TV and radio programmes, dating from the 70s to the present day.

Audio and Video Links:
Peter Hedlund - Hållnäspolketten
Peter Hedlund - Spelmansglädje
Peter Hedlund - Solo In Denmark.
Peter Hedlund - Byggnan.

Saturday 23rd March 2013
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 29 – Music of Europe

Daniel Grimwood, piano.

Frédéric Chopin: 12 Études op. 25
Gabriel Fauré: 3 Nocturnes – No. 6 Op. 63, No. 7 Op. 74, No. 8 Op. 119
Carl Maria von Weber: Sonata No. 2 in A-flat Op. 39
Malcolm Hayes: Paradiso
Peter Feuchtwanger: Tariqa 1

About the performer:
Daniel Grimwood has twice played solo recitals at the St Ives September Festival, and is now returning to St Ives to give the inaugural concert on St Ives Arts Club's new piano.

With a repertoire ranging from Elizabethan virginal music to contemporary compositions, Daniel is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. His exceptional talent has been noted by many music critics, Felix Aprahamian having described him as 'Probably the finest all-round musician I have ever known'.

Daniel's interest in music started when he was three, and from the age of seven he was performing to audiences in his home county of Kent. He continued his training at the Purcell School as from 1987, where his piano teacher was Graham Fitch. He also studied violin/viola and composition/counterpoint, giving his musical studies a broad foundation. Daniel later completed his pianistic training with Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Peter Feuchtwanger. Although primarily a pianist, he frequently performs on harpsichord, organ and viola, as well as composing.

His many CD recordings include Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage and piano works by Scriabin.

Hear Daniel play and talk at:
Daniel Grimwood - YouTube

See also:

Supported by St Ives Arts Club

Friday 23rd November 2012
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 28 – Music of North India VII

Kiranpal Singh Deoora - santoor.
Hanif Khan - tabla.

Kiranpal and Hanif performed together in trio at the 2008 September Festival. In collaboration with Asian Music Circuit they are now returning to play a duo recital.

Kiranpal is a pupil of the great Shiv Kumar Sharma, and is the UK's leading player of the santoor, a hammered zither of Persian origin with a rare and entrancing sound that is capable of shimmering filigree and percussive rhythmic figuration.

Hanif is a virtuosic and thoughtful performer and the country's foremost exponent of the tabla – a pair of hand drums that provide a rhythmic framework as well as complex improvisations.

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Supported by Asian Music Circuit and St Ives Arts Club

Friday 13th July 2012
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 27 - Music Of Seven Continents

Will Sleath - flute / piccolo / alto flute.
Craig Ogden - guitar.

Works for flute and guitar influenced by and incorporating musical traditions from across the world.

Eugène Bozza: Three Pieces
Joaquín Rodrigo: Serenade to the Dawn
Judith Weir: Gentle Violence
Peter Sculthorpe: From Kakadu
Joan Tower: Snow Dreams
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Distribution of Flowers
Elizabeth Brown: Antarctica
Michio Miyagi: The Sea in Spring
Michael Parkin: Elegy
Ástor Piazzolla: History of the Tango

Expanding on the international theme of Concert XXI, this recital presents music from all seven continents. Europe is represented by Eugène Bozza (France), Joaquín Rodrigo (Spain) and Judith Weir (Scotland). The Weir is based on Tai Chi postures, and is for the unusual scoring guitar & piccolo. Distribution of Flowers by Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos is a short, poetic piece comprising a lyrical flute part accompanied by chordal guitar writing. The four movements of History of the Tango by Argentinian composer and bandoneón player Ástor Piazzolla contrast the styles of four historical periods of tango. Snow Dreams by New Yorker Joan Tower may suggest the many different forms of snow, though Tower feels that music should speak for itself and requires no description or explanation. From Kakadu for solo guitar by the Australian Peter Sculthorpe is an intimate work expressing the composer's deep contentment when visiting Kakadu National Park in northern Australia. The Sea in Spring – originally for koto and shakuhachi – is the most famous work by Japanese composer and koto player Michio Miyagi, and recalls his childhood memories of the sea, before he lost his eyesight. Michael Parkin's Elegy to the lost and disappearing tribes of Africa is based on a recording of African pygmy singing, the beauty of which so haunted him that he 'exorcised' his feelings by writing these variations on the vocal material, scored for solo alto flute. Elizabeth Brown's Antarctica for alto flute & prerecorded sounds chillingly conjures up the world of the frozen continent, and features idiomatic flute writing and atmospheric recorded material.

Australian guitarist Craig Ogden studied at the University of Western Australia and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He was subsequently made a Fellow of the RNCM, and he is now Senior Lecturer in Guitar at the college. Craig's recital, radio and TV work have taken him all over the world, and his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Naxos and Sony have been widely acclaimed. BBC Music Magazine described Ogden as 'a worthy successor to Julian Bream' and The Guardian called his playing 'brilliant and persuasive'. Craig has performed concertos with all the major London orchestras and a host of orchestras worldwide. He regularly appears as a soloist at the major London venues and UK festivals, and is much sought after for chamber music, having performed with the Brodsky Quartet, London Tango Quintet, Mark Padmore and Ian Bostridge. Many composers, including Mark Anthony Turnage, have written works for Craig. He also frequently records for film, and his playing featured in Notting Hill.
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Will Sleath studied at London University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and has lived and worked in Germany, Sweden and England, specialising in period and ethnic flutes and contemporary music. He has played with Göttinger Symphonieorchester, Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, The English Concert, Music Projects/London and Gemini, and in the West End production of Lion King, and has recorded for radio, TV and CD. Will has transcribed many ethnic pieces, creating a wealth of new material that he regularly includes in programmes. He plays in duo with pianist Tim Carey, and together they recently performed Morton Feldman's three-hour epic For Christian Wolff at University College Falmouth. He is also a member of trios together with cellist Rohan de Saram and bassoonist Julie Andrews, both with Tim on piano, and has a traverso & harpsichord duo with James Johnstone.

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Friday 20th April 2012
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 26 - Music Of Spain II  

Rafael Montilla - Flamenco Guitar.

Rafael Montilla is known to the St Ives audience from his appearance in duo with Paco Peña at the 2010 St Ives September Festival.

Rafael's love of flamenco music developed at a very early age, inspired by his father, the singer El Chaparro, whose performances he heard from the age of three. He soon began taking an interest in the flamenco guitar, and by the age of six he was training with the guitarist Antonio Murillo from the 'Zoco' tablao. His studies continued a year later with Paco Serrano as his professor. He continues to play with Serrano both as a student and as a fellow performer, and he trains at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Córdoba.

Friday 18th November 2011
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 25 - Music Of Latin America  

Lucy Landymore, percussion.

The brilliant young percussionist Lucy Landymore won the percussion category in BBC Young Musician 2010 and is now studying at the Royal College of Music.

The focus of this recital will be on Latin American music, but the programme will also include other works from the solo percussion repertoire, including Frank Zappa's The Black Page. Lucy will perform on a wide variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.

Friday 6th May 2011
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.

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Concert 24 - Music Of Korea

Hyelim Kim, taegum (flute) & Simon Barker, drums plus guest Kiku Day, shakuhachi.

Taegum player Hyelim Kim is a master of the traditional Korean repertoire, and will play solo items in the classical style on this transverse flute.

Australian drummer Simon Barker is the subject of the highly recommended film Intangible Asset No. 82, Dir. Emma Franz 2009 (watch a clip at It tells the story of this respected drummer and his search for an elusive Korean shaman and master musician, and is part road movie, part philosophical encounter, part showcase for some fascinating musicians. In this concert Simon will play and interpret rhythms learnt from this shaman on the drum kit.

Japanese/Danish shakuhachi player Dr Kiku Day (who played Concert 5 in January 2008) will be guesting, playing traditional Japanese shakuhachi music and a new work written for her by Frank Denyer.

The three musicians are giving this concert in conjunction with attending the British Forum in Ethnomusicology at University College Falmouth.

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Wednesday 6th April 2011
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 23 - Music Of South India II


Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan, vina & Pirashana Thevrajah, mridangam.

The brilliant young vina player Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan is the current BBC Radio 3 World Routes mentee. World Routes has this year decided to focus on the 'Carnatic' music of South India, which has hitherto been eclipsed by the better known North Indian tradition. The leading South Indian vocalist Aruna Sairam has been appointed Hari's mentor for the year.

28-year-old Hari was born in London to parents from Sri Lanka. As a 13-year-old he was invited to tour with Ravi Shankar, and he subsequently played and sang on the Chants Of India album, produced by George Harrison.

Hari has toured extensively, both as a soloist and as a dance accompanist, and has continued to work with Ravi Shankar, playing in his 40-concert Festival Of India US tour in
2004 / 2005.

The vina - the foremost South Indian classical instrument - is a plucked lute, with a sound as beautiful as its appearance. The double-headed mridangam is the most popular drum of the Carnatic tradition.

Friday 11th February 2011
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm

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Concert 22 - Music Of Afghanistan


Five musicians from Afghanistan - the ensemble performed classical and traditional Afghan music.

Featuring rubab (plucked short-necked lute), dutar (strummed/plucked long-necked lute), harmonium, tabla and voice.

This concert was a very rare opportunity to hear music from this part of the world.

Monday 20th September 2010
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 21 - Music Across The Continents

Will Sleath- flute.
Tim Carey - piano

Works for flute and piano influenced by and incorporating musical traditions from across the world.

The programme featured compositions by John Mayer, Astor Piazzolla and Béla Bartók, traditional music and pieces from the standard repertoire.

Friday 16th July 2010
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 20 - Music Of Iran



Farshad Mohammadi - santoor.

Farshad played solo music for santoor, a hammered zither and one of the chief instruments of the Persian classical tradition.

Santoor featured in a 2008 St Ives September Festival recital of North Indian music; though now a popular instrument in North India, it originated in Persia.

Friday 18th June 2010
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 19 - Music Of The Balkans



Accordian duo Miloš Milivojević and Živorad Nikolić.

They played traditional music from Serbia and other Balkan countries, plus works from the classical repertoire.

Friday 23rd April 2010
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 18 - Music of England, Germany and Hungary


William Butt - cello.

The programme featured works by Benjamin Britten, Johann Sebastian Bach and Zoltán Kodály.

Saturday 6th Feburary 2010
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 17 - Ashiq & Mugham Music of Azerbaijan


Azer Maharramov, saz plus ensemble.

Gochaq Askarov, vocal plus ensemble.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 13th November 2009
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 16 - Music of North India VI


Ulhas Kashalkar, khyal vocal.

Sameehan Kashalkar, khyal vocal.

Suresh Talwalkar, tabla.

Tanmay Deochake, harmonium.

Nicola Clark, tanpura.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Tuesday 3rd November 2009
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 15 - Music of North India V


Piu Sarkhel, khyal vocal.

Akbar & Babar Latif, tabla.

Fida Hussein, harmonium.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 2nd October 2009
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 14 - Music of North India IV


Uday Bhawalkar, dhrupad vocal.

Manik Munde, pakhavaj.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 17th July 2009
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 13 - Music of Vietnam


Huong Thanh, vocal.

Hong Nguyen & Daniel Nguyen, lute, 2-string fiddle, monochord.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 12th June 2009
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 12 - Music of Spain


Craig Ogden, guitar.

Supported by St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 13th March 2009
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 11 - Music of Serbia


Miloš Milivojević, accordion.

Supported by St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 21st November 2008
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 10 - Music of South India


Jyotsna Srikanth, violin.

Ravishankar Sharma, mridangam.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 17th October 2008
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 9 - Music of China II


Zeng Chengwei, guqin.

Qiu Zenghui, erhu.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 25th July 2008
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 8 - Music of North India III


Bireshwar Gautam, thumri vocal & abhinaya gestural expression.

Murad Ali, sarangi.

Hanif Khan, tabla.

Nida Hussain, harmonium.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 27th June 2008
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 7 - Music of North India II


Tarun Jasani, sarod.

Hanif Khan, tabla.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 18th April 2008
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 6 - Music of Scotland


Ruth Wall, clàrsach & lever harp.

Supported by St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 22nd February 2008
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.

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Concert 5 - Music of Japan


Kiku Day, jinashi shakuhachi.

Supported by St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 11th January 2008
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 4 - Music of Iraq


Ahmed Mukhtar, oud.

Supported by St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 23rd November 2007
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 3 - Music of North India I


Viram Jasani, sitar.

Hanif Khan, tabla.

Supported by Asian Music Circuit & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 19th October 2007
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.

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Concert 2 - Music of Senegal


Kadialy Kouyate, kora.

Supported by St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 13th July 2007
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.


Concert 1 - Music of China I


Han Ying, yangqin.

Jia Luo, harp.

Supported by Live Music Now & St Ives Arts Club.

Friday 18th May 2007
Doors 7.00 pm. Performance 7.30 pm.

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