Wednesday Lunchtime Recitals
Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have cancelled our lunchtime concerts until September 2020.
In the meantime we are offering prerecorded music from some of our regular musicians which will be available on our YouTube channel from 1pm on Wednesdays.
Wednesday 15 July is the last Wednesday Music before our summer break. The performance will be given by pianist, composer and conductor Alissa Firsova who is a regular and favourite at St Peter's lunchtime concerts. For the second two pieces she is joined by violinist Ludmilla Pavlová.
Alissa Firsova was born in Moscow to the composers Elena Firsova and Dmitri Smirnov. The family moved to the UK in 1991 and have been long time residents in St Albans.
In 2001 Alissa won the BBC/Guardian/Proms Young Composer Competition with her piano piece “Les Pavots” (The Poppies).
She graduated from Purcell School as a composer and pianist in 2004 and the Royal Academy of Music as a pianist in 2009, where she also developed her conducting studies with Paul Brough entering the Conducting Postgraduate Course there under the tuition of Colin Metters.
Alissa had her Wigmore Hall debut in May 2009, followed by a Royal Albert Hall debut playing Stravinsky's Les Noces in a Proms concert that August. Her "Bach Allegro", commissioned by BBC Proms, was premiered in August 2010 by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Litton.
Her music is featured in a Proms Portrait of 27 August 2015, prior to the world premiere later that evening at a Proms concert of her “Bergen’s Bonfire” performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra again under the baton of Andrew Litton. She has toured extensively in Europe and America and given recitals in some prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Ludmila Pavlová, was born in the Czech Republic in 1994 and started to play the violin at the age of four and gained first prizes in several major Czech youth competitions. Her debut in the Rudolfinum in Prague was in 2007 at the age of 13. This was followed by many appearances with several Czech youth orchestras and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She took master classes with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Schlomo Mintz, and many others. In 2014 Ludmila was the first prize laureate of the Václav Hudecek Academy. In 2018 she was awarded a scholarship from the Dvorák society in London and attended Dartington summer school in the class of Thomas Gould.
She has a large repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music, including the complete works for violin written by Antonín Dvorák.
Last year she appeared in concerts in Great Britain with Alissa and also played her debut concert in Musikverein in Vienna.
First Alissa will perform her solo transcript from Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony. For the final two pieces she is joined by Ludmila as they perform Dimitri Smirnov's Violin and Piano Sonata No.2 and Ravel's Tzigane. This recording is taken from a memorable recital in 2018 as part of this Wednesday concert series here at St Peter’s as a celebration of Dmitri Smirnov, Alissa’s father, 70th birthday and we broadcast it in Dmitri’s loving memory.
Watch the performance from 1pm on Wednesday 15 July. Please click here for our YouTube page.
Following the performance you are welcome to join us for a Zoom group chat (click here) in the virtual Octagon. This is a chance to catch up with other people who have been listening to the music. The dial in details will be provided at the end of the music.
Donations from our Wednesday lunchtime concerts are given to Rennie Grove Hospice Care. If you would like to continue supporting them please visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/RennieGroveneedsyou