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THE FRANKISH TRIO

Stunning trios for clarinet, cello and piano by Beethoven and Brahms in a delightful and intimate venue.

  Livia Frankish - clarine

Mayda Narvey - cello

Mariko Brown - piano

Saturday the 21st of March at 7:30 pm

Café Yukari

 110 North Road, Kew 
Richmond, TW9 4HJ

Tickets: £12 in advance/ £15 on the door

https://www.7stararts.com/event/frankish-trio-at-cafe-yukari-kew/

PAST CONCERTS

 

SHALOM SALAAM

Jewish folk music meets music from Anatolia

The at times haunting and at times uplifting music of the Eastern European shtetl and Medieval Spain meets the virtuosic baglama and fretless guitar player, Erdal Yapici.

 

BUENOS KLEZMER!:

Maya Levy - soprano

Livia Frankish - clarinet

Mayda Narvey - cello

Eyal Pik - guitar

ERDAL YAPICI - baglama and fretless guitar

 

Saturday the 22nd of February at 7:30 pm

Wandsworth Friends Meeting House 

59 Wandsworth High Street
SW18 2PT

 

 

 

CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN

IN SW18

Three magical concerts inspiring the children of Southfields with classical music performed 'up close'.

The Cow Says Moo, 185 Merton Rd, SW18 5EF

Sundays at 4:00 pm

22nd September - music for voice, guitar and cello

13th October - music for clarinet and cello

17th November  - music for violin and cello

 

KLEZMER!

Ladino Lovers and Yiddish Yentas

Come hear the wail of the clarinet and soulful song from the Ottoman Empire and the Eastern European Shtetl in an evening of beguiling, heartfelt, exuberant and uplifting Klezmer music – from haunting, lyrical melodies to boisterous foot-tapping dances.

Maya Levy - soprano

Livia Frankish - clarinet

Mayda Narvey - cello

Eyal Pik - guitar

Tuesday the 13th of August at 8:00 pm

Monday the 23rd of August at 8:00 pm

The Jazz Room, Bulls Head 

373 Lonsdale Rd 
Barnes, SW13 9PY

STORMING THE BASTILLE

Music and words celebrating the courage to change

Debussy's ravishing Quartet op. 10, the quartet of the early 20th c. composer Amy Beach and Arvo Pärt's haunting Fratres with readings reflecting upon the notion of revolution.

Gavin Davies - violin

Lorenz Hasler - violin

George White - viola

Mayda Narvey - cello

Darris Golinski - reader

Saturday the 13th of July at 7:30 pm

St Cuthbert's Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB

Sunday the 14th of July at 7:00 pm

St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Rd, SW18 5EP

DAZED SPRING APPROACHES:

Music and Words Celebrating

Renewal and Resurrection

An Easter concert exploring themes of hope and renewal in different traditions. From Bach to Klezmer,

Christina Rossetti to TS Eliot come celebrate with us the new energy of Spring.

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Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

Livia Frankish - Clarinet

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Anna Tetsuya - Piano

Darris Golinski - Reader

Sunday the 14th of April at 6:00 pm

St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Rd, SW18 5EP

IT'S ONLY WORDS

Poems, reflections and music exploring the magic and many layers of language and that which cannot be said.

Darris Golinski  - Reader

Mayda Narvey -  Cello with loop pedal

Sunday the 17th of March, 2019 at 6:00 pm

St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Rd,

SW18 5EP

 

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE:

Arias, Poems, Sonatas and Nocturnes

A late Valentine's concert celebrating the language of love in all its guises through words and music.

Clara Kanter - Mezzo-Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Anna Tetsuya - Piano

Darris Golinski - Reader

Thursday the 21st of February at 7:30 pm

St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Rd, SW18 5EP

Saturday the 23rd of February at 7:30 pm

St Cuthbert's Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB

POETS AND MUSICIANS:

Wavering Forms

'Again you show yourselves, you wavering Forms'

November's concert brings together two late works for clarinet and strings. The timeless Clarinet Quintet K 581 of Mozart is paired with the ravishing Quintet op 115 of Brahms, considered by some to be his most profound chamber work. In setting his poetry, both composers paid tribute to Germany's greatest writer and poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Goethe returned the compliment, suggesting that of all the composers, he would have chosen Mozart to create an opera from his masterpiece, Faust. Readings from Faust, illuminate and reveal the 'wavering forms' evoked by these three artistic geniuses.

Livia Frankish - clarinet

Miriam Kramer - violin

Lorenz Hasler  - violin

Ariane Alexander - viola

Mayda Narvey - cello

Darris Golinski - reader

Thursday the 1st November at 7:30 pm

St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Rd, SW18 5EP

Saturday the 3rd November at 7:00 pm

St Cuthbert's Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB

HIRAETH: A Longing for Home

The Welsh word, 'hiraeth', has no real English equivalent. It denotes a yearning for a home that may never have existed and to which we cannot return. Darris Golinski, reader and Mayda Narvey, cello with loop pedal explore our understanding of home, and the nature of longing, from many perspectives. 

Sunday the 14th of October at 6:00 pm

St Barnabas Church,  Lavenham Rd  SW18 5EP

House concerts:

Saturday the 1st of December, 2018

SouthWest London

Sunday the 13th of January 2019

Brecon, Wales

BREAKING THE RULES: Words and Music of the Paris Avant Garde

From the sometimes amusing and sometimes enchanting music of Erik Satie and François Poulenc to the challenging and diverting work of Dada and Surrealist writers such as Jean Cocteau and Paul Eluard, the 1920's and 30's in Paris produced an astonishing response to the horrors of WWI.  This concert pays tribute to these fertile and game-changing years.

Miriam Kramer - violin

Mayda Narvey - cello

Nicholas Durcan - piano

Darris Golinski - reader

Thursday the 26th of July at 7:30 pm

St Philips Church, Earl's Court Rd,

W8 6QH

Friday the 27th of July at 7:30 pm

St Barnabas Church,  Lavenham Rd  SW18 5EP

DOWNTOWN NEW YORK 1960

'I Saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness'

Howl meets Einstein on the Beach via a loop pedal in this tribute to the Beat generation and beyond.  Echoes of Arthur Russell and Philip Glass intermingle with Ginsberg's drug-fuelled poetry, obscenities and visions of transcendence.

Mayda Narvey - cello

Darris Golinski - reader

Sunday the 15th of July at 7:30 pm

Upstairs at the Ritzy

Ritzy Cinema Brixton

Free Event

 

THE HEART OF THE ROMANTIC

 

Distinguished actor Jane Lapotaire joins forces with the acclaimed Kramer/ Durcan duo (Miriam Kramer violin and Nicholas Durcan piano), violinist Lorenz Hasler (of the renowned ensemble

I Salonisti), violist Alison Ruscoe and cellist Mayda Narvey to celebrate the legendary association of Robert and Clara Schumann with Johannes Brahms through words and music. Brahms' passionate Piano Quintet in F Minor is coupled with Schumann's haunting chamber work for the same combination. Letters of Clara and Robert from their ardent but tragic marriage and letters between Clara and her almost-lover and lifelong friend, Brahms, bring the world of this astonishing trio to life

Thursday the 17th of May at 7:30 pm

A Wandsworth Fringe Event

St Barnabas Church, 

146 Lavenham Road

SW18 5EP

Friday the the 18th of May at 7:30 pm

St Philips Church, Earl's Court Rd

W8 6QH

 

WHERE YOU ARE NOT

The legendary Russian dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, when asked how he contrived to leap so high, famously replied:  'Nijinsky doesn't do it.  It happens when Nijinsky isn't there.' Darris Golinski and Mayda Narvey reflect on Non-being and the Ground of Being through words and music. From Epictetus

 to TS Eliot, Henry Purcell to Benjamin Britten, this collage of music for solo cello and for cello with loop pedal, poetry and ideas explores Nijinsky's enigmatic words and what they might point to.

Sunday, 22nd of February at 6:00 pm

St Barnabas Church

146 Lavenham Road

SW18 5EP

A CERTAIN KIND OF LIGHT

Darris Golinski and Mayda Narvey explore light in all its guises through the prism of words and music. from Bach to the Bee Gees, from Shakespeare to the Buddhist poet Maitreyabandhu, from the cosmic microwave background to Diwali... in 'A Certain Kind of Light' a collage of music for solo cello and for cello with loop pedal, poetry and ideas evokes our experience of both grim darkness and illumination.

Sunday, 18th of February at 6:00 pm

St Barnabas Church

146 Lavenham Road

SW18 5EP

 

A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS:

MÉLODIES HÉBRAÏQUES

Our winter concert explored the Jewish art music movement of the early 20th c when Russian Jewish classical composers mined the rich legacy of Jewish folk music and poetry to create a new, characteristically Jewish genre of classical music. The movement spread into Europe with composers such as Alberto Hemsi gathering Sephardic melodies and even to America where Lazar Weiner drew upon Yiddish song and where the Klezmer revival began. Come hear performances of this stirring and evocative music interspersed with the hauntingly beautiful words of writers such as Amos Oz, Yehudi Amichai, Paul Celan and others.

Maya Levi - Soprano

Clara Kanter - Mezzo-Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Charis Hanning - Piano

Darris Golinski - Reader

Saturday, 20th of January at 7:30 pm

St Mary's Church, The Boltons, London, SW10 9TB 

THE ART OF FLAMENCO

LORCA AND FALLA

An evening to remember the 1922 Concurso de Cante Jondo, created by Federico Garcia Lorca and Manuel de Falla to celebrate the passionate art of Flamenco.  With music by Falla, Turina, Mompou, Ravel and Stravinsky.

Clara Kanter - Mezzo-Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Charis Hanning - Piano

Isabel del Rio - Reader

Saturday the 28th of October, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Venue: St Cuthbert's Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9EB

Thursday the 31st of May, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Venue: The City Lit, 1-10 Keeley St, WC2 4BA

 

 

DREAMS

Our concert for a summer's evening celebrated dreaming in all its guises: dream as fantasy, as vision, as ambition. Through music both serious and light-hearted from César Franck to Rodgers and Hammerstein and words from Shakespeare to Martin Luther King, we will explore the mysterious land of dreams.

Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Horacio Lopez Redondo -  Piano

Christopher Moore - Reader

Saturday the 22nd of July at 7:30 pm

Venue: St Cuthbert's Church

50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB

Thursday the 9th of November at 5:30

Venue: St Margaret Pattens

Eastcheap, EC3M 1HS

 

LATE QUARTETS:

BEETHOVEN AND TS ELIOT

An evening to revel in the majesty of Beethoven's monumental Quartet in A minor,

op 132 and the Four Quartets of TS Eliot which it inspired

Miriam Kramer - Violin

Lorenz Hasler - Violin

Alison Roscoe - Viola

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Darris Golinski - Reader

Wednesday the 24th of May at 7:30 pm

Venue: St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Road, London SW18 5EP

Thursday the 25th of May at 7:30 pm

Venue:St Cuthbert's Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9EB

 

HAIRSPRAY, CHAMPAGNE AND

THE CLASSICS

A concert in a hair salon!  As part of Wandsworth

Fringe Festival 2017, soprano Lene Sahlholdt and cellist Mayda Narvey perform songs from many 

times, places and traditions.

Sunday the 14th of May at 4.00 pm

Venue: Hairline, Southfields

128 Brookwood Rd, SW18 5DB

LEGACY

To inherit one's portion from those who went before and to bequeath a legacy of dreams, flaws, talents and artefacts to those who will come after, all held for a brief while.

'For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return’. But that dust is stardust.

With music and poetry both traditional, original and classical including Purcell, Johnny Cash, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Ravel, Larkin, Joni Mitchell and TS Eliot.

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Darris Golinski - Reader

Friday 31st March 2017 at 7.00 pm
Venue:St Catherine's School House, 26A Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 5DJ

Sunday the 25th of June at 4:00 pm

Venue: St Barnabas Church

146 Lavenham Road, London SW18 5EP

 

ON THE METAPHYSICAL

An evening to delight in the  intellectual ingenuity of Metaphysical poets such as John Donne and Andrew Marvell  juxtaposed with Baroque music for soprano, cello and keyboard including works by Bach, Handel, Purcell and Scarlatti

Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

Mayda Narvey -  Cello 

Horacio Lopez Redondo  - Piano 

Madeleine Hyland  - Reader

Saturday the 11th of March at 7:30 pm

Venue: St Cuthbert's Church,

50 Philbeach Gardens, Earl's Court SW5 9EB

Thursday the 8th of June at 7:30 pm

Venue: St Barnabas Church

146 Lavenham Road, London SW18 5EP

 

A WINDOW ON CHAGALL

An exploration of Marc Chagall's rich and colourful artistic, musical and literary collaborations, through readings, live music and art works, from Vitebsk to Paris and beyond.

Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

 Miriam Kramer - Violin

Mayda Narvey -  Cello 

Kate Ryder  - Piano 

Christopher Moore  - Reader

Friday the 24th of February, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Venue: City Lit

1-10 Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA

LISTEN TO THE REED:

Rumi through words and music

An exploration of the work of the sublime 13th century Sufi mystic and poet, Jalaluddin Rumi through words and music, both traditional and original. With:

Baha Yetkin - Oud

Julia White - Oboe

Mayda Narvey - Cello

David Harries - Reader

Friday the 27th January 2017 @ 7:30

Venue: Tara Theatre

356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES

Sunday the 6th of November 2016 @ 6:00

Venue: St Barnabas Church

146 Lavenham Road, Southfields, SW18 5EP

Saturday the 29th of October 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Venue: St Cuthbert's Church,

50 Philbeach Gardens, Earl's Court SW5 9EB

 

 

BACH TO BLUES

Jazz Meets the Classics

A summer's evening of jazz standards and classical music that inspired them with poetry and prose

 

   Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Chad Lelong - Piano

David Harries - Reader

 

Friday the 29th of July 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Venue: St Cuthbert's Church,

50 Philbeach Gardens, Earl's Court SW5 9EB

 

Friday the 5th of August 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Venue: St Barnabas Church,

146 Lavenham Rd, SW18 5EP

 

 

A MUSICAL SMORGASBORD

MUSIC, MYTH AND LANDSCAPE IN SCANDINAVIA

Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Horacio Lopez Redondo - Piano

Tom Blass - Author and Reader

 

Saturday 14th May @ 7:30 

St Cuthbert's Church, Earl's Court, SW5 9EB

Saturday 4th June @ 7:30 

St Barnabas Church,

146 Lavenham Rd, London SW18 5EP

 

 

CELEBRATING WOMEN COMPOSERS

 Miriam Kramer  - Violin

Mayda Narvey  -   Cello,

Chris Hanning -  Piano

 Kate Tiernan -  Reader

 

Thursday, 10th March @ 7:45

St Cuthbert's Church,

Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9EB

 

Thursday, 26th May @ 7:30

St Barnabas Church,

 146 Lavenham Rd, London SW18 5EP

 

 

MUSIC TO WARM THE HEART

Maya Levy - Soprano,

Thomasine Berg -  Flute

Mayda Narvey - Cello,

Chris Hotson - Piano

 

Saturday the 9th of January @ 2:00

Fuller Craft Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

2015

 

 

ON REFLECTION: A MEDITATION ON THE CREATION AND CREATIVITY

Sunday 13th December 2015 @ 6:00

Venue: St Barnabas Church, Lavenham Rd, SW18

Mayda Narvey -Cello

David Harries - Reader

 

 

ANAIS NIN: THE LIE BOX

THEATRE, LIVE MUSIC AND ELECTRONIC SOUNDSCAPE

Monday 23rd November 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Venue: The Forge, 3-7 Delancey St, Camden NW1

Friday 22nd April, 2016 @ 7:30

Venue: Burgh House, Hampstead, NW3

 

Sally Mortemore - Actor

Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Horacio Lopez Redondo - Piano

Daniel Thomas Freeman - Electronic score

 

 

 TO CALM EACH TROUBLED HEART

MUSIC FOR OBOE, CELLO & GUITAR

An evening of Baroque and Spanish music and poetry

 

Friday 9th of October 2015 @ 7:30pm

Venue: St Cuthbert's Church, Philbeach Gardens, SW5

Sunday 11th of October 2015 @ 4:00

Sunday the 10th of July 2016 @ 6:00

Venue: St Barnabas Church, Lavenham Rd, SW18

Sunday the 6th of December 2015 @ 6:00

Venue:  Ostara, Merton Rd, SW18

Sunday the 10th of July 2016 @ 6:00

 

Julia White - Oboe

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Matthew Sear - Guitar

    David Harries - Reader

 

 

HEINRICH HEINE AND THE ROMANTICS

An evening of music by Schumann, Liszt and Mendelssohn

Friday 7th, Saturday 8th & 29th of August @ 7:30pm

Lene Sahlholdt - Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Bruce Vogt - Piano

Venues:

St. Cuthbert's Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5

St. Barnabas Church,

146 Lavenham Road, SW18

Trunch Festival, Norfolk

 

ANAÏS NIN & JOAQUIN NIN: ART AS INTOXICATION

Saturday 16th of May 2015 @ 7:30pm

Sara Cluderay - Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Selah Perez-Villar - Piano

Sally Mortemore - Actress

Venues:

St. Cuthbert's Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 

 

LIFE AND LOVE:  RAINER MARIA RILKE 

Maya Levy - Soprano

Miriam Kramer - Violin

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Charis Hanning - Piano

Venues:

St Cuthbert's Church, London SW5

St Barnabas Church, London SW18

Thursday, 30th April, 2015 @ 7:30

Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, SW1

Thursday, 7th May, 2015 @ 7:00

2014

AGES OF MAN

Helen Pierce - Clarinet

Mayda Narvey - Cello,

Selah Perez-Villar - Piano

Tom Lowenstein - Reader

Venues:

St Cuthbert's, London SW5 

St Barnabas Church, London SW18 

 

A HOUSE IN BROOKLYN

Sara Cluderay - Soprano

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Selah Perez-Villar - Piano

David Harries - Reader

Venues:

St Mary-at-Hill, London EC3

Bolivar Hall, London W1

St. Philip's Church, London SW5

St. Barnabas Church, London SW18

St. Stephen's Gloucester Rd, London

Bosendorfer Concert Series at

St Mary Magdalene, London

 

 

MUSIC IN CONVERSATION

Mayda Narvey- Cello

Selah Perez-Villar - Piano

Venue: St Margaret Patten, London EC3

 

MEDITATIONS ON JULIAN OF NORWICH

A recital of poetry and music

David Harries - Spoken word

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Venue: St Margaret Pattens, London EC3

2013

 

THE SPIRIT OF THE STAIRS

Sally Mortemore - Spoken word

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Venue: TARA Arts Theatre, London

 

THE LIFE, ART AND WORK OF NADIA BOULANGER

Sara Cluderay - Singer

Sally Mortemore - Actor, 

Mayda Narvey - Cello,

Selah Perez-Villar - Piano

Venues:

St. Brides, London EC4

St. Mary Magdalene, London

St. Philip's, London SW5

GINSBERG'S HOWL

David Harries - Reader

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Venue: 5 Cavendish Square, London W1



THE OLD AND THE NEW

Mayda Narvey - Cello

Naomi Edemariam - Piano

Venues:

Christ Church Spitalfields, London

Hackney Music Series at Sutton House, London

Trunch Festival, Norfolk

 

 

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