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Summer Music Series – Native Gallantry

Friday, August 30, 2024
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Courthouse

Catherine Strachan (cello) and Asuka Sumi (baroque violin)

A programme of 18th century music with Scottish and Italian connections. Exploring the links between Scottish fiddle music and baroque string playing, this concert brings together pieces by Italian composers who made Britain their home, such as Geminiani (pictured) and Matteis, with music composed, collected and arranged by local musicians like Oswald, Bremner and Cervetto. Performed on period instruments.

The third in our Summer Music Series, presented in partnership with De Mowbray Music. Three laid-back Friday evening concerts, each lasting around an hour, they’re a chance to greet the weekend in style, joined by talented performers from a range of musical backgrounds. Series curated by composer and conductor Benjamin Ellin. 

Draft programme for Native Gallantry

 The Night Shade from Airs for the Seasons, by James Oswald

Variations on Old Sir Simon the King, by Robert Bremner

Roslyn Castle/A Scots Measure, arranged by James Oswald

Sonata op. 5, no. 10 in F major, by Arcangelo Corelli

The Flower of Edinburgh, arranged by Walter Clagget

Ground after the Scotch Humour, by Nicola Matteis

Lady Anne Bothwell’s Lament/Sleepy Body, arranged by Francesco Geminiani

Aria (Andantino) and Allegro from Duett 1, by James Cervetto

More about Catherine and Asuka..

Catherine Strachan, cello

Catherine grew up in Aberdeen, where she benefited from the local authority music service and local youth orchestras. She studied modern and baroque cello performance with Myra Chahin and Alison McGillivray at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), and followed this with an MA in baroque performance practice at the University of York.

Catherine is now based in York, where she enjoys a varied career as a freelance cellist and string teacher. She has recently performed with prestigious ensembles such as The Brigantes Orchestra, The 18th Century Sinfonia and Late Music Ensemble. Catherine also plays regularly with various local ensembles including Leeds Baroque, York Opera and The Ebor Quartet. Recent concerto performances include the Beethoven Triple with Banbury Chamber Orchestra in 2023.

Upcoming projects for 2024 include a piano trio recital for The Schubert Institute UK as well as a cello recital in York, and Catherine will also be the baroque cello tutor at HISS (Historically Informed Summer School) in Beverley in August 2024.

Asuka Sumi, baroque violin

Asuka is a baroque violinist based in Leeds and is one of the most influential musician in Northern early music scene.

Asuka began to study historical performance on period instruments under Masaaki Suzuki and members of Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo. Subsequently, she studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Lucy van Dael and Sophie Gent.

Asuka currently teaches Baroque Ensemble course at University of York and performs regularly with Leeds Baroque as a leader, as well as Manchester Baroque, Newcastle Baroque and Baroque in the North. Asuka is also the founder of Otley Baroque concert series.

Beyond Northern England, Asuka also enjoys performing across the UK and the world with prominent orchestras such as Holland Baroque, Gabrieli Consort & Players, and the English Concert, under the baton of Herve Nique, Enrico Onofri, Sigiswalt Kuiken, Paul McCreesh and Harry Bicket.

With her ensembles and as a soloist, Asuka has been invited to prestigious venues and festivals such as the Sablé and Ambronay festivals in France, Göttingen and Hallé Handel Festival in Germany, Utrecht Early Music Festival, MA festival in Bruges and the Innsbruck Early Music Festival.

In 2013, Asuka won the International H.I.F. Biber Competition in Austria which led her to the debut recital at Vienna Konzerthaus. She is also a finalist of Premio Bonporti and York Early Music Competition.


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