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James Turnbull & Clare Hammond    27th Nov 2017 at the Bear Club Map

This newly formed duo present a lively programme, much of which explores repertoire from Eastern Europe. There is space too for one of the great classics of the oboe canon – Poulenc’s haunting, elegiac sonata; written in 1962 it was the French composer’s final work, dedicated to the memory of Sergei Prokofiev.

James is fast establishing himself as the oboist of his generation. He has recently created the New Oboe Music Project, promoting 21st Century oboe repertoire across the world and organising the Leon Goossens Prize for Emerging Composers to help encourage a new generation of composers to write for the oboe. A member of the Royal College of Music Junior Department James will be taking a woodwind workshop around Luton Schools in the week of the concert.

“… the oboe’s contemporary repertoire continues to thrive; and in James Turnbull it has a worthy champion.” Independent.

Clare has played many times for us in Luton, in solo recitals and in 2016 in a memorable performance of the Mozart D minor Concerto K466. She recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award', in recognition of her outstanding achievements in 2015.

“… imagination and bravura”  The Sunday Times

“… style and substance” The Observer



Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda –  Morceau de Salon op 228  

Francis Poulenc – Sonata for oboe and piano FP185

Béla Bartók – 6 Romanian Folk Dances Sz.56 (piano solo)

Antal Dorati – Duo Concertante

Witold Lutoslawski  – Epitaph

Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade – Ravens’ Cage

Alexander Scriabin – Sonate-Fantasie No.2 op 19 (piano solo)

Henri Dutilleux – Sonata for oboe and piano