EVENING ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2022 19.45 (doors 19.15) | GLOSSOP PARISH CHURCH

Orchestra conducted by Chloé van Soeterstède, with Viv Mclean (piano), Eva Þórarinsdóttir (violin) and Hannah Roberts (cello) – Mendelssohn Hebrides, Beethoven Concerto for piano, violin and cello, and Schubert Symphony No. 5

Tickets: £20.00 | Under 18s free (but will still need to reserve a ticket via the link below).

Chloé van Soeterstède is attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music-making and her charming and positive presence on the podium. She is praised repeatedly for her attention to detail, her energy and enthusiasm, and efficiency in rehearsal, and the coming seasons bring many debuts across Europe and North America, as well as many re-invitations. In January 2022 she joined the Orchestre d’Auvergne’s artistic team as Artist-in-Residence, alongside their Associate Conductors Enrico Onofri and Christian Zacharias, and Chief Conductor Thomas Zehetmair.

In 21/22 van Soeterstède’s European debuts include the RTVE Symphony Orchestra (Madrid), Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Valladolid), Tenerife Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Gävle Symphony (Sweden) and Bournemouth Symphony. She also returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert in their Cadogan Hall series, to the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the GiOrquestra in Spain and to the Orchestre d’Auvergne for concerts in Commentry and Paris. In North America she debuts with the Orlando Phliharmonic and with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, who have announced her as one of their Dudamel
Fellows for the 21/22 season.

During the 2020/21 season, van Soeterstède returned to and made debuts with most of the major UK orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Chamber orchestras, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Past engagements elsewhere have included many across her native France, with orchestras such as the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National du Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lille amongst others.

Van Soeterstède conducts a wide range of repertoire from Mozart and Mendelssohn through to Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky. In 2019 she conducted the world premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s Syrian Voices in France, and regularly programmes works by contemporary composers such as Jessie Montgomery, Roxanna Panufnik, Annamaria Kowalsky and Anna Meredith. At the 2019 Deutscher Diringentenpreis in Cologne she was awarded the Bärenreiter Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work, as well as Third Prize overall. In 2012 she founded the Arch Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra based in London, which has been applauded for its vibrant and boundless energy, its wide range of repertoire and its initiatives to build bridges between artists and audience. Van Soeterstède also loves to work with young musicians, and as such works regularly with orchestras at eg Wells Cathedral and Chetham’s schools, and the conservatoires across the UK.

Van Soeterstède was born in 1988 in France. After studying viola in Paris and then at the Royal Academy of Music, she studied conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (2015-2017) with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron where she was awarded the Kennedy scholarship and was also supported by the Derek Hill Foundation. In 2019, she was appointed the Taki Alsop Fellow 2019-21 by Marin Alsop.

Described by Le Monde as “possessing the genius one finds in those that know how to forget themselves”, since winning First Prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, British pianist Viv McLean has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan and the Northern Chamber Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Daniel Harding, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis, Rebecca Miller and Marvin Hamlisch.Viv often plays with the Adderbury Ensemble and the Le Page Trio and has also collaborated with groups such as the Leopold String Trio, Ensemble 360, the Ysaye Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, members of the Elias, Allegri, Carducci and Tippett Quartets, as wel as with artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, David Le Page, Adrian Brendel and Mary Bevan. As well as regularly playing at the Glossop Festival, Viv has appeared at many other festivals including the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Festival des Saintes in France, Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Cheltenham International Festival in the UK. He has recorded for labels such as Sony, Naxos, Nimbus, Stone Records, RPO Records and ICSM Records and has also recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 aswell as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway & Poland.

Icelandic violinist Eva Þórarinsdóttir (Thorarinsdottir) is a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Maciej Rakowski, being awarded an International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance in 2010.

Recently a Nordic Soloist Prize finalist, Eva is also a prize winner in numerous competitions including 3rd Prize and Audience Prize in the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2012.  

Eva has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican performing Max Richter’s ‘Memoryhouse’ and has also performed numerous concertos with other acclaimed orchestras and ensembles such as the Manchester Camerata, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic & Sinfonia Cymru. She also has a special collaboration with the Wycombe Sinfonia where she has performed the Bruch, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky Concertos over the last few years. 

Since 2019 Eva has held the Associate Leader position with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and is regularly invited to guest lead orchestras around Europe. 

Currently Eva is focusing on a project which will see her record the complete Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas whilst also exploring contemporary music and folk tunes from her native Iceland.  

Eva plays on an 1845 Joseph Rocca violin, previously owned by the great Alfredo Campoli.

Hannah Roberts is one of the outstanding ‘cellists of her generation and was privileged to have studied with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum. Having won prizes in numerous prestigious competitions and awards such as Shell LSO, BBC Young Musician, Jacqueline Du Pre Memorial and Pierre Fournier awards Hannah has gone on to give many concerto performances with leading orchestras, including the London Mozart Players, LSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Halle, also making frequent broadcasts for BBC radio and recoding for ASV.

Festival appearances have included Chichester, Malvern, Beverley, ‘Beethovenfest’ and regular participation in the prestigious ‘Manchester International Cello Festival’ where she was invited to lead a world premiere of a cello sextet work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and performed on numerous occasions.

Internationally she has taken part part in the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and numerous other festivals in Europe, and has an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances. In addition to being principal ‘cellist of Manchester Camerata and her activities as soloist and chamber musician, Hannah is a committed and sought after teacher and is professor of cello at the RAM in London and the RNCM in Manchester, and is a visiting tutor for the University of Oxford.

She is honoured to have been awarded an FRNCM for her work helping to nurture upcoming ‘cellists, and enjoys working with some of the world’s most gifted young ‘cellists at prestigious international masterclasses each summer.