Georgina and Lawrence Stalbow-Best
13th May 2018 6pm
Originally from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, Georgina graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a First Class Honours degree in Vocal and Operatic Studies in 2011. She studied with Margaret Field, Julian Pike and Louise Crane. She has recently been awarded a Masters with Distinction from Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff where she studied with world renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill.
Last year Georgina sang Miss Ellen in Swansea City Opera’s touring production of Lakmé, which played venues all over the UK including the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, and in the summer she covered Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring and Celia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla for Buxton Opera Festival. She will return to Buxton Festival this summer to cover Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo.
Georgina is a fluent Italian speaker and made her international debut at the Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, Tuscany in 2010 singing Emmie in Britten’s Albert Herring.
Lawrence Stalbow-Best (or Larry, as he prefers to be called) is a 24-year-old from Milford Haven who has recently gained a BA in Acting from Bath Spa University. During his time in the west country, Larry performed in many productions of surprising variety - from promenade Shakespeare plays to wind band competitions. Most notably, as part of his final making project, he composed a musical entitled Nobody Suspects, in which he was the pianist for its initial run. Larry missed his beloved home of Pembrokeshire far too much, and so he finds himself homeward bound to rejoin the local theatre community and other much-missed projects such as the award-winning Goodwick Brass Band. He currently works for Merrymakers theatre company in Pembroke castle, producing historical/hysterical shows.
24th June 2018 6pm
Jessica Cale is a Robert Lancaster scholar supported by a Helen Marjorie Tonks Award, and the Josephine Baker Trust, on the Masters of Performance course at the Royal College of Music where she studies with Rosa Mannion and Caroline Dowdle. Jessica is originally from Pembrokeshire, West Wales, and was awarded her undergraduate degree from Cardiff University in 2014 receiving First Class Honours. Alongside her studies, Jessica has a successful career performing as both a soloist and as an ensemble and consort singer, working regularly with many of today's leading Baroque vocal ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; the Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen and the Gabrieli Consort. Jessica's most recent concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Brahms’ Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s ‘Great' Mass in C Minor and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Jessica was recently a finalist in the prestigious Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year Competition 2018, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music. Jessica’s operatic experience includes the role of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas; Serpetta in Mozart’s The Garden of Disguises for Ryedale Festival Opera; and Musetta (La Boheme) and Melisande (Pelleas et Melisande) for the Royal College of Music Opera Scenes. This summer she returns to Ryedale Festival Opera to perform the role of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutti.
15th July 2018 6pm
Chris Roberts is an innovative and exciting young guitarist whose performances have been praised for their ‘beautifully varied timbres, […] real virtuosity,’ and for being ‘simply mesmerising’.
Chris graduated from Cardiff University in 2017 with first-class honours and the Neville John String Prize. During his degree, he won the University concerto prize, and became the first soloist to perform with the Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of renowned conductor Andrea Quinn, for almost 10 years. He gained first place in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians ‘Young Adult Recital class’ and was additionally awarded The Diana Lock Memorial Rose Bowl for best overall performance and The George and Mary Mabbs Trophy for best guitar performance. Chris has recently been selected to perform as part of St David’s Hall’s International Concert Series: Young Artists Showcase. He is currently studying for a Masters in performance as a scholar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Mark Eden.
Chris is passionate about allowing as many people as possible to access music. For this reason, he founded, and is Chair of, the annual Cardiff Guitar Festival. Now in its third year, the charity runs outstanding concerts and summer schools, and raises funds to award course bursaries and free concert tickets to families in financial need. The festival has featured many internationally renowned performers such as Craig Ogden, Graham Anthony Devine, and the Eden Stell Guitar Duo. Chris also works regularly performing in care homes, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities schools, and in interactive concerts for babies and toddlers.
Chris has been fortunate enough to perform in masterclasses for John Williams, Xufei Yang, Craig Ogden, John Mills, Graham Anthony Devine, and Ian Watt, as well as receiving tuition from Thomas Fellow and Reentko Dirks at the Hochschule fur Musik Carl Maria von Weber, in Dresden.
Chris is currently working with a local photographer Dan Mogg to create his debut album Landscapes. The album will feature a portfolio of Mogg’s landscape photography alongside the music, which will include all five of Leo Brouwer’s Cuban Landscapes, a commission by award-winning Finnish composer Joel Järventausta, and works by Alan Thomas.
19th August 2018 6pm
Mihai Ritivoiu was born in Bucharest and began piano lessons at the age of 6. In 2012 he graduated with the highest honours from the National University of Music in Bucharest, the piano class of Professor Viniciu Moroianu and subsequently obtained the Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016, where he studied with Professor Joan Havill. He also took part in masterclasses with Dimitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Emmanuel Ax and Richard Goode.
Mihai won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest in 2010 and was a laureate of a number of international competitions, such as the George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest, 2011, Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition in 2014 and Teresa Llacuna International Competition, Valence, 2015. He played recitals in England, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, and Japan, and performed concertos with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest Chamber Radio Orchestra and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
His performances have been recorded and broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Suisse Romande - Espace 2 and Medici TV, and he appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s programme “In Tune”. His debut CD, containing solo works by Franck, Enescu and Liszt, has been recently released on the Genuin label.
Mihai is a City Music Foundation artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musician
The Goodwick Band
23rd Sept 2018 6pm
The Goodwick Band really needs very little in the way of introduction. They are outstanding and will provide the usual exciting and memorable closure to this year's summer season of concerts.