Helen Thatcher: cello Neil Darwent: guitar
‘velvety tone she achieves in the frequent moments when the cello soars from the texture.’ Catherine Nelson, The Strad
Burgmueller: 3 Nocturnes
Zenamon: Reflexoes no 6
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 5
Paganini: 3 Sonatas
Piazzolla: Cafe 1930, Oblivion and Libertango
Nin: Suite Espagnole
Granados: Danzas Espanolas No.5: Andaluza
Original and transcribed music for guitar and cello. This is an eclectic mix of music that will transport the listener to different regions of the world – especially to Spain and to Latin America.
Music by Burgmüller and Piazzolla, plus contemporary works by Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali and Bolivian composer Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon
Experienced chamber musicians, Helen Thatcher and Neil Darwent, have now set about exploring the musical possibilities for combining cello and guitar.
Helen, founding member of the renowned Sorrel Quartet and the Erringden Ensemble, has toured the world, made numerous CDs and broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3. The recordings of the complete Britten and Shostakovich Quartets have received wide-spread critical acclaim. Helen has performed at all the major chamber music venues: Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Brandon Hill Bristol, Snape Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, St John’s Smith Square, Edinburgh Festival. In demand as principal cello, she has played in Opera North, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and BBC Philharmonic.
Neil Darwent teaches at Huddersfield University and Rishworth School. His knowledge of guitar chamber music is extensive. He enjoys playing with the Pennine Chamber Ensemble as well as performing solo recitals in intimate settings. Neil is passionate about his teaching hence his involvement with music services in Oldham, Calderdale, Kirklees and Barnsley.