Friday 3 March 2017, 7.30 pm
St Paul's Church Covent Garden
Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of Zoltán Kodály in March, the Joyful Company of Singers, conducted by Peter Broadbent and in partnership with the Hungarian Cultural Centre, will give a concert of his music at St. Paul's Church Covent Garden.
Moving from a very early Miserere written in 1903 and his first published work Este (1904) the a capella choral music includes his vivid and dramatic Jézus és a kufárok (Jesus and the traders), the collection of folksongs from the Mátra hills (Mátrai képek) (both written in the 1930's) and his Ode to Music written for the Cork Choral Festival in 1963.
We are delighted to welcome the Banchieri Singers from Nyíregyháza, whose members all studied at the famous Kodály School under Dénes Szabó. They will perform two works from the 1940's Norvég leányok (Norwegian Girls) and Szép könyörgés (Beautiful Prayer).
Two outstanding young Hungarian string players complete the line-up. Dóra Kokas is one of the leading cellists of her generation and a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Kelemen Quartet, which she only works with occasionally since 2015 to develop her solo career. She will play the first movement of Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello of 1915, and will be joined by Júlia Pusker to play the first movement of the Duo for Violin and Cello written a year earlier. Júlia's playing of the Bartók Sonata for solo violin at the same venue last season made a great impact. She has a burgeoning solo career and has been chosen as St. John's Smith Square Young Generation Artist and Making Music Young Concert Artist. Both studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and continued to study in London, Júlia with György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, and Dóra at the Razumovsky Academy with Oleg Kogan.