St Barnabas Proms – Wednesday July 29th 7.30 pm

 Indira Grier (cello) Francis Grier (piano)

Schubert : Sonata in A minor ‘Arpeggione’ D821

Mendelssohn : ‘Song without words’ Op 109 

Chopin : Polonaise Brillante Op 3 

Interval

Rachmaninov : Vocalise Op 34 no 14

Brahms : Cello sonata no 2 in F major Op 99

Indira Grier (cello) is aged 19, and studies with Troels Svane at the Musikhochschule, Luebeck. She was previously taught by Melissa Phelps. She started playing the cello at the age of 4, and from the age of 8 attended the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department, where she held a scholarship.Indira has twice been awarded the Junior Guilhermina Suggia Gift, a prestigious national cello competition administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, winning both the 2010 and 2012 competitions. In March 2012 Indira was the youngest competitor ever to reach the final in the Bromsgrove International Young Musician’s Platform and was awarded the second prize. In April 2012 she won the Abingdon Concerto Competition, and performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto. She has also won both the Junior and Senior Lower Strings competitions at the Royal Academy, and in 2013 she won the Concerto Competition performing the Elgar Cello Concerto. In 2013/14 Indira has performed in Switzerland and Germany, and in July 2014 participated in the Schleswig-Holstein Masterclasses in the class of Frans Helmerson. In addition to her musical studies, Indira is reading English Literature at University College London Francis Grier (piano) used to be organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and gave the first ever Prom concert given over to a solo performer in 1985. He is now a psychoanalyst and a composer. His major new setting of the Passion in 2006, to a text by the poet and novelist Elizabeth Cook, commissioned by the BBC and VocalEssence, was described by the Minneapolis Star Tribune described the work as “a modern masterpiece” . In recent years he has written two Masses for St Paul’s Cathedral: Missa Spiritus Sanctus (2010) and Missa Brevis (2011) – for which he was awarded a British Composer Award. Two other works have been shortlisted for British Composer Awards. Stephen Cleobury directed the choir of King’s College Cambridge in his new setting of the Vespers, …lit by holy fire, in June, 2014. As a chamber music pianist he has performed with Colin Carr, Louise Williams, Andrew Marriner, and Dorothee Jansen. Recently he recorded with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. For many years he has been performing with his daughters, Savitri (violin) and Indira (cello). Their performances have included concerts at St John’s Smith Square and at the Fairfield Halls.

This is the second concert in the sixth series of St Barnabas Summer Proms, which will be held from Monday July 27th to Friday August 7th 2015, with 6 concerts, ending with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ Gala Concert on Friday August 7th.   The emphasis is on popular classics played by well-known musicians, providing perfect entertainment for summer evenings in Ealing.     Concerts are held ‘in the round’, with the piano and musicians in the centre of the nave, so everyone is reasonably close to the performers. We have a superb Bosendorfer concert grand, used by the BBC at Maida Vale studios for broadcasts, and a state-of-the-art projection system and big screen so that everyone can see the musicians at close quarters.

Admission to the concert is £10 (young people £5).   No tickets will be sold beforehand – just turn up ! The church is very large and admission is guaranteed to all events. There is ample free parking in nearby streets. All proceeds will go towards St Barnabas church funds. Thank you for your support.

Location : St Barnabas church’s address is Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG.  It is situated on the corner of Pitshanger Lane and Denison Road. Parking is readily available in neighbouring streets, with no parking restrictions.   The nearest tube station is Ealing Broadway (on the Central and District Lines). From Ealing Broadway, use the E2 or E9 bus services.  Taxis are also available outside the station. 

Enquiries to Dr Hugh Mather on 020 8997 7691,