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Leeds Emerging Artist Festival: Sunday with the Marsyas Trio

Sunday 25 February 2024, 3:30pm-5:00pm
open from 2:15pm
Pre-concert talk
2:45m - The Marsyas Trio
A gala recital featuring School of Music students performing alongside the Marsyas Trio. The recently appointed FUAM Ensemble in Residence, The Marsyas Trio, make their debut performance at the University. The trio will also perform side-by-side with students from the School of Music. Programme to be announced.
2:45pm: PRE-CONCERT TALK - Our newly appointed FUAM Ensemble in Residence, the Marsyas Trio, discuss their work, repertoire, and the history of music for the flute, cello and piano ensemble.


Carl Czerny - Fantasia Concertante, op 256 – Marsyas Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata no 17, "The Tempest" op 31, no 2, first movement – Keqiao Yu
Albert Roussel - 2 Poèmes de Ronsard, op 26 – Mhairi Sharp & Helen Vidovich
   Rossignol mon mignon
   Ciel, aer, et vens
Roger Quilter - Three Shakespeare Songs – Oliver Heath & Dan Gordon 
   Come Away, Death
   O Mistress Mine
   Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
Claude Debussy - En Bateau from Petite Suite – Olga Stezhko & Naomi Simms 
Samuel Barber - Hermit Songs, op 29 – Heidi Hooper & Dan Gordon
   At St Patrick’s Purgatory
   Church Bell at Night
   St Ita’s Vision
   The Heavenly Banquet
   The Crucifixion
   Sea Snatch
   The Monk and his Cat
   The Praises of God
   The Desire for Hermitage
Mel Bonis - Scènes de la forêt, op 123 – Marsyas Trio
   À l’aube
Ludwig van Beethoven – Welsh Songs, WoO 155 – Ava Lewis & Marsyas Trio
   The fair maid of mona
   Cupid’s Kindness
   The Parting Kiss

About the performers
Ava is a second year BMus student at the University of Leeds, studying with singing teacher Rachel Horan. Ava sang in the Halle Training Choir, and subsequently, the Halle Youth choir for six years. She has continued her love of choral music through being a part of the Clothworkers Consort in Leeds, led by Bryan White. Ava particularly enjoys singing Baroque repertoire, as well as early romantic music. She has also composed a musical that she is hoping to stage this academic year. After graduation, Ava would like to continue composing and do a Masters degree in singing at a conservatoire.
Performing: Ludwig van Beethoven - Welsh Songs
Scottish soprano Mhairi Sharp began her musical training with the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) before undertaking her musical studies at the University of Aberdeen. Whilst a student at Aberdeen, Mhairi performed regularly as part of the university’s Chamber Choir, the St Andrews Cathedral Choir and undertook international tours to New York, France, and Poland. As a member of the university’s Chamber Choir, Mhairi had the opportunity to perform for members of the royal family in Braemar. In 2018, Mhairi was a finalist in the prestigious Ogston Music Prize and graduated with a First-Class Honours in Music. Notable performances include Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (2018), soloist in Mozart’s Requiem (2018) and in Orff’s Carmina Burana (2018). Mhairi is currently studying on the MMus Performance at the University of Leeds under Hilary Thomas.
Performing: Albert Roussel - Rossignol
Naomi Simms is a third year music and music psychology student from Bedfordshire. Since beginning violin lessons at the age of 6 and piano lessons from the age of 8, she has spent her musical life being involved in various school ensembles and playing in regional orchestras, such as the North Bedfordshire Youth Chamber Orchestra and joining local orchestra courses in the holidays. At university, she has been able to join LUUMS' Symphonic Wind Orchestra on piano, has accompanied both a student choir and her course mates on their solo instruments, as well as playing in pit bands. She is currently enjoying being part of the university’s string orchestra, SWO, symphony orchestra, sinfonia and concert band.
Performing: Claude Debussy - En Bateau, from Petite Suite
"I’m a 2nd-year music student from Northern Ireland. I’m a composer, singer, and conductor and hold an Enhanced Choral Scholarship at Leeds Cathedral, under Tom Leech, allowing me to conduct their various choirs and work in the National School Singing Programme. I’m the Concerts Manager, as well as Chamber Choir Conductor, for the Leeds University Union Music Society and am committed to diversifying repertoire and championing more works by living composers in both of these roles."
Performing: Roger Quilter - Three Shakespeare Songs
Heidi is a MA Music Management student who loves singing. Currently, she is a part of LUUMS Chamber Choir as Soprano. Outside of university, she regularly enjoys performing with her most recently competing in the David Clover Festival of Singing competition. Heidi has performed with Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble, Bristol University Singers, Bristol University Symphony Orchestra and Bristol University Music Society Chamber Orchestra. For solo performance, she has performed as mezzo-soprano in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo as well as performing excerpts of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with orchestra. She has also been involved in recording music for an advert which won “Best Re-record or Adaptation in Online, Viral + Ambient Advertising” in 2022. Upcoming for Heidi is performing in Westminster Abbey with Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble.
Performing: Samuel Barber - Hermit Songs
Keqiao Yu is a third-year music and music psychology student from China, learning piano from age five. He achieved awards at various international piano competitions in both China and Japan prior to university. At Leeds, he has achieved a first in all performance exams, is the accompanist of a higher voice choir and instrumental ensemble, and has created piano covers of various music (on BiliBili). Piano is an inseparable part of Keqiao's life.
Performing: Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata no.17, "Tempest", 1st movement, op. 31, no. 2