Helen Thatcher: cello Neil Darwent: guitar
Music by Burgmueller and Piazolla, 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.