A Piano and Cello Recital
Monday 9th July
Glen Capra (Piano)
Joseph Spooner (Cello)
Iosif Genishta (1795–1853)
Sonata no. 1 (op. 6, c.1836)
Allegro risoluto – Adagio – Allegro molto
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Two Pieces (op. 2, 1892)
Prélude – Danse Orientale
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Andante grave – Moderato –
Allegro, ma non troppo
Although British/Canadian by birth, Glen first studied music formally at the West Zealand Music School near Copenhagen, Denmark where he lived as a teenager. Upon returning to the UK he obtained both BA (Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Sussex, an LTCL from Trinity College of Music and a dipGSMD from the Guildhall School of Music, London.
In his student days Glen was awarded the Stockhausen International Composition Prize and the Mitchell City of London Educational Foundation Award. He was also shortlisted by both the SPNM and Cornelius Cardew Composition Competition.
In 2005 he was commissioned to write the music for one of the art installations celebrating the reopening if the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, UK and in 2009 was Artist in Residence at Radio
Glen's performing work encompasses solo, accompanying, and chamber engagements throughout the UK and overseas. He was for many years repetiteur for the Brighton Festival Youth Choir and the Rainbow Chorus.
He has worked with the best-selling classical artist Katherine Jenkins, the Brit-Award winning vocal group Blake and Faryl Smith the Britain's Got Talent finalist.
Over the years Glen has also been involved in theatrical work (the most recent projects being 'A
World I Loved' with Vanessa Redgrave in the UK and 'Sense of Woman' with Maria Karavia in
Greece) and with arranging and performing for various dance companies and classes. He has worked on film scores (notably Brighton Rock 2010) and composed/performed music for
video games (notably 'Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs'). He has been involved in commissioning/ performed many new works by composers as stylistically diverse as Paul Carr, Barry Mills, Michael Finnissy, Martin Butler, Jonathan Harvey, Howard Goodall, John Paul Jones, Stuart Copeland and Norman Cook.
Glens discography extends from several albums with the experimental Rock band Peripherie and
Balanescu String Quartet violinist James Shenton to 'Clameur' by Matt Pollard, 'Clare's Journey' by Terence Deadman and 'Sounds of America' with Canadian singer Debbie Bridge.
Glen's teaching posts have included Brighton College, Westminster College, London University
and Roedean School.
He currently works as an examiner for Rockschool and the International Baccalaureate and as expert reviewer for the music publications of ZigZag Education.
Joseph Spooner came to the cello indirectly, via a degree in Classics at Cambridge and a doctorate in Greek papyrology at London and Florence universities. During subsequent study at the Royal Academy of Music, he embraced traditional repertoire and developed a taste for non-standard works. Since then, he has pursued a diverse career, principally as a soloist and chamber musician, and this work has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, from archives to libraries, and from the recording studio to concert platforms in Continental Europe, New York, Russia, Mexico and New Zealand. As a soloist, there have been performances of familiar and less familiar concertos; broadcasts from his recordings on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand; and recital series featuring the complete works for the cello by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch, and the Mighty Handful. As a chamber musician, Joseph has worked with the Summerhayes Piano Trio and the Clifton Trio, and his work with contemporary ensembles (notably Continuum) has included performances at major festivals, broadcasts, many premieres, and recordings.
Joseph’s delving into the cello repertoire has led to the recovery of unjustly neglected works. Audiences have greatly appreciated hearing this music, and critics have offered high praise for Joseph’s recordings, noting the initiative entailed and agreeing that these works – by composers as diverse as Bush, Krein, Balfe, Coleridge-Taylor, Bainton, Copland, Dyson and Sherwood – were indeed worth rehabilitating. ‘Other cellists, please copy!’ (International Record Review); ‘all the expressive power needed’ (Gramophone); ‘superb … arresting in his commitment, his technical facility and in the rich tone he produces from his cello ... could not be better’ (International Record Review); ‘wonderfully persuasive … full of remarkable passion and conviction’ (The Strad); ‘immensely impressive’ (Musical Opinion). 2017 saw the release of Alan Rawsthorne’s Sonata and Kenneth Hesketh’s IMMH (both on Prima Facie), as well as of Sea-Croon, a rich selection of previously unexplored 1920s English music (on EM Records). His recording of Percy Sherwood’s Double Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Rupert Marshall-Luck will be released soon, and further projects are in preparation.
Joseph was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012. He is proud to be the dedicatee of Alwynne Pritchard’s Danaides, Errollyn Wallen’s Spirit Symphony: Speed Dating for Two Orchestras, and Martin Read’s Troper Fragment. His instrument was made by Nicholas Vuillaume in c.1865. http://josephspooner.net/