Jonathan Martindale and Emily Howard, Violins; Leanne Cody, Piano WACIDOM Lunchtime Concert

Jonathan Martindale and Emily Howard, Violins; Leanne Cody, Piano WACIDOM Lunchtime Concert

We look forward to welcoming Jonathan Martindale and Emily Howard (Violins) and Leanne Cody (Piano) at their lunctime WACIDOM concert on Saturday 20th May 2017 at 12.30 pm. They will be playing

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)  Sonata no 5 for Two Violins in E Minor

        i) Allegro ma poco                           ii) Gavotta gracioso                                        iii) Presto

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)  Sonata for Two Violins and Piano Op 15 (1914)
  1.   i) Animé                                     ii) Modéré                           iii) Très vif
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)  Pièce en forme de Habanera (1907)
D Shostakovich (1906-1975)  Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano, arr Atovmyan (1970)
  1. i) Prelude         ii) Gavotte                           iii) Elegy                iv) Waltz                        v) Polka


Jonathan Martindale enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral principal.  In 2006 he co-founded the Eblana String Trio which has gone on to perform regularly throughout the UK as well as in Europe and South Africa.  The trio are currently Park Lane Group artists and highlights of the past few seasons include performances at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, and the Bridgewater Hall, as well as live performances on BBC Radio 3.  Away from the trio Jonathan has also performed as a chamber musician with pianist Steven Osborne and acclaimed violist Thomas Riebl, as well as in the chamber ensembles of Manchester Camerata and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

In June 2016 Jonathan was appointed Assistant Leader of the CBSO and has so far appeared with the orchestra throughout China and Japan as well as at the BBC Proms, and Aldeburgh Festivals.  He has also led the orchestra on a number of occasions including for live BBC broadcast, and performed as a soloist.  Prior to joining the CBSO Jonathan was Principal Second Violin with the Royal Northern Sinfonia with whom he also appeared as a soloist, as well as regularly performing in the chamber ensemble.  He is also a member of Manchester Camerata.

Emily Howard, born in Halifax in 1989, was inspired to play a musical instrument from the age of five.  She graduated from the RNCM with a Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelor of Music Honours in 2012, having studied with acclaimed soloist Leland Chen.  In 2014, Emily won a scholarship to study with the CBSO on their Postgraduate Orchestral Course with Birmingham Conservatoire.  Since graduating from the course with Distinction, she has been freelancing with other orchestras around the country, having been invited to play with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and with the BBC Philharmonic, playing in concerts, live broadcasts for Radio 3 and joining them for their recent European tour.  Emily is a dedicated and enthusiastic chamber musician, currently collaborating with a harpist to perform Spanish folk music and salon works for the Violin and Harp.  Emily plays on a violin made for her by Glen Collins, based on Menuhin’s Guaneri del Gesù ‘Lord Wilton’ model.

Leanne, from Barry, moved to Manchester aged 16.  Recently, she has been offered a position as accompanist at Leeds College of Music.  She is also a staff pianist at the RNCM, where she studied for the past six years.  She graduated with a first class music degree from Manchester University and a Higher Graduate degree from the RNCM on the prestigious joint course.  Leanne finished her Masters course as a Gold Medal winner in 2014.

Having started to play the piano aged 6, she went on to attend the Royal Welsh College of Music junior department before going to Chetham’s in 2006. Leanne has been the recipient of many prizes, including the Chetham’s Piano Performance Prize, Elizabeth Evans Award, Procter-Gregg award for highest performance marks for each of the three years of her university course.  Over the past year she has given regular solo recitals in Manchester and London, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Bridgewater Hall.  She has also been selected as a Park Lane Young Artist 2013/2014.

As a keen ensemble and orchestral player Leanne has had the opportunity to perform with the Hallé as an orchestral pianist, conducted by Sir Mark Elder for a Radio 3 recording.  She has been a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future First Scheme 2014/2015, taking part in regular concerts in London, including Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall.  For the past three years she has performed for BBC Radio Three as part of the Proms Portrait project.