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Performers: Julia Barker, Violin andDavid Murphy Violin and Viola


This illustrated performance will feature the music of Bach, Mozart and their contemporaries including the violinist Giuseppe Tartini. The performance will include a demonstration of the ideas of this remarkable musical genius - ideas that lead us to listening to music on a deeper level and therefore getting ever more enjoyment from it.

Biographies


Julia Barker – Violin


Julia began her violin studies at the age of nine. Aged twelve, she became a student at Chethams School of Music in Manchester, the specialist school for talented young musicians, where in her final year she was leader of the school’s prestigious Symphony Orchestra.

Julia then went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Erich Gruenberg. Whilst at the Guildhall School, Julia studied chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet, and gave concerts throughout Britain and Europe. In recognition of her contribution to chamber music, Julia was awarded the Guildhall Chamber Music Prize.

She was subsequently awarded a scholarship for post-graduate study in the United States, where her teacher was Professor Andrezj Grabiec. Whilst in America, Julia was a finalist in the Naftzger Competition for Young Soloists. She has since performed with most of Britain’s major orchestras, particularly the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. In addition to concerto performances internationally, Julia specialises in chamber music performances in venues ranging from prisons and detention centres to the world’s famous concert halls.

David Murphy Violin and Viola


Born in Pembrokeshire, David began his musical studies as a violinist, and within a few months was awarded a full scholarship to the Purcell School.

He was the last student of Leon Barzin, and as a result has a direct link to the great conductors of the early twentieth century, notably Toscanini, Furtwängler and Erich Kleiber - a unique training for a conductor of his generation.

His critically acclaimed Royal Festival Hall debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra included a groundbreaking performance of Sibelius 2nd Symphony utilising the original manuscript sources. He returned to the Royal Festival Hall, this time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct the World Premiere of the Symphony by Ravi Shankar alongside minimalist milestones by Adams and Glass. This was released on the LPO live label (“a resounding triumph” the Independent 5*)

In addition to Barzin, two other legendary mentors were central to his development as a musician: the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras and the sitar maestro and composer Pandit Ravi Shankar. David’s music- making contains a unique blend of these very potent influences. He is currently at the forefront of the development of a new “Indo-Classic” musical genre which aims to tap into the common roots of both traditions. His career spans four continents and has included concerts, recordings and broadcasts with the Philharmonia, Residentie Orkest, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia ViVA, Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta. He recently completed Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, and, in a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted the World Premiere tour of the work.

Age guidance: All ages


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Dates

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019

Wardown House

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The house was formerly the home of the Scargill family, then a military hospital and is now a museum and gallery.

Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period. Explore the different rooms with hands-on displays for a fully immersive experience. The museum tells the story of Luton’s transformation into the exciting and diverse town it is today.

The museum also houses a range of displays throughout the building, including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery.

The museum underwent a redevelopment during 2016, reopening in April 2017. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery also holds events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.

Venue Hire

Wardown House has a range of rooms that can be hired for your meetings, training days, drinks receptions and events in the gorgeous surroundings of Wardown Park. See Venue Hire for more information.

Programming

To become part of Wardown House's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at Fahim.Qureshi@LutonCulture.com

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