Tamsin Waley-Cohen

in Recital

Monday 3rd October, 2016, 7:30pm

Town Hall, Birmingham


Tamsin Waley-Cohenviolin
Huw Watkins piano


Beethoven – Violin Sonata No 5, Spring
Ravel – Violin Sonata No 2 in G major
Oliver Knussen – Reflection (World premiere)
Elgar – Violin Sonata in E minor
Gershwin (arr. Heifetz) – Selection from Porgy and Bess
Our Birmingham Classical season bursts to life this October with the wonderful young British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, who will be familiar to audiences from her time asAssociate Artist at Orchestra of the Swan. We are thrilled to now also be able to announce an addition to this already stunning programme in the form of a new work from composer Oliver Knussen (Artist-in-Association at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) entitled Reflection.This work has been written specially for Tamsin and commissioned by THSH and the European Concert Hall Organisation, in memory of Lyndon Jenkins who served as Town Hall Symphony Hall’s Music Adviser from 2004 – 2014. Money raised from Lyndon’s memorial concert at Town Hall in 2014 has been used to fund this new commission. Joined by regular partner Huw Watkins, Cohen promises to bring all her signature fantasy and flair to the violin sonatas of Elgar and Ravel, plus an unashamedly virtuosic take on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in addition to this exciting new work. http://www.THSH.co.uk


“Facing the music: Tamsin Waley-Cohen”

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Review by Richard Lutz, BirminghamPress:

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…     ” Both men were taken by American blues and, in her recital, the violinist used pieces relying heavily on Americana: Ravel’s Sonata no. 2 in G Major and Gershwin’s suite from Porgy and Bess.

Both were beautiful renditions of this genre; the Ravel sonata hard edged and at times atonal, the Gershwin (arranged by Jascha Heifetz) a swooping series of the composer’s operatic songs that summons up the heat of the South.

Ms Waley-Cohen also introduced an Oliver Knussen world premiere (Reflection) which the composer himself enjoyed in the Town Hall stalls and stood to applause after the violinist sought him out following her piece. He seemed happy with the result.”     …





Elgar’s Falstaff

Wednesday 30 September 2009 at 7.30PM

Oliver Knussen  conductor
Leila Josefowicz  violin

Britten: Canadian Carnival 14′
Matthews: Violin Concerto (Feeney Trust commission: world premiere) 24′
Elgar: Falstaff 36′

Larger than life, both philosopher and philanderer, Falstaff is one of Shakespeare’s most lovable rogues, and Elgar’s affectionate portrait also tells us a great deal about the composer’s own private world in music of great character and good-humour. Britten’s 1939 Canadian Carnival is an equally swaggering celebration of a more out-of-doors kind, and provides an ideal welcome for the return to Birmingham of the Canadian-born virtuoso Leila Josefowicz. She gives the world premiere of a new concerto written specially for her by the leading British composer Colin Matthews.  www.cbso.co.uk


Review from Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post at:-


 “For more than half a century, Feeney Trust commissions for the CBSO have been events to savour in anticipation, and the latest among these, Colin Matthews’ Violin Concerto, is no exception.”


Review by Dominic Nudd, ClassicalSource.com:-


“This is a gorgeous new concerto, Leila Josefowicz delivering an impassioned performance, closely supported by deeply engaged playing from the CBSO under Oliver Knussen.”


Review from Andrew Clements, Guardian:-


“Colin Matthews’s new violin concerto, commissioned by the Feeney Trust for Leila Josefowicz to play with the City of Birmingham Symphony conducted by Oliver Knussen, is a strikingly original work, which never does quite what you expect of a violin concerto.”


Review from Hilary Finch, Times:-


“Colin Matthews’s Violin Concerto failed to stir the blood, and only in Elgar’s Falstaff did the orchestra hit full strength”