Violin and piano with Laura Ayoub (violin) and Sarah Ayoub (piano)
Czardas Piazzolla – Le Grand Tango
Tchaikovsky – Andante Cantabile
Wiltshire Quartet – J S Bach Cantata Number 53
Scottish and other songs by Sophie Gallagher(soprano) and Sarah Ayoub (piano):
Ye banks and braes
My love is in Germany
The Singer (Michael Head); Charlie is my darling (Roger Quilter); Five Eyes (Armstrong Gibbs); Dreamland and Silent Noon (R Vaughan Williams)
Sophie Gallagher (soprano)
Sophie is a former head chorister of Salisbury and Wells cathedrals. Now she is in her second year at the Royal College of Music studying with Amanda Roocroft.
Solo work at RCM and externally include Mozart’s Exultate, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah at Bristol Old Vic and the national Portrait Gallery, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Mozart C Minor Mass and Schutz Christmas Oratorio at St. John’s Smith Square London. She has appeared as a recitalist in Milan and Hong Kong. Last year Sophie participated in British Youth Opera’s workshops and as a Gossip in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde directed by Kneehigh and Charles Hazlewood. Future London engagements include productions at The Globe Theatre, Handel House and a solo recital at St George’s Bloomsbury.
Laura Ayoub (violin) is a second year student at the Royal College of Music, studying violin with Jan Repko and piano with Kathron Sturrok.
Prior to studying, Laura achieved grade 8 distinction on violin age 13, under the tuition of Andrea Gajic (Music School of Douglas Academy). A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Laura has taken part in masterclasses with Nicola Benedetti and in 2012 won the ABRSM – Puresolo competition enabling her to play and record on a world renowned Stradivarius violin.
In 2013, Laura won the Grace Dick Memorial Prize, Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize, the St Mungo Challenge Trophy and the John Fyfe Trophy (Glasgow Music Festival). Also in 2013, Laura reached the national final of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition.
Highlights include performances across Scotland, London and Lithuania, as well as concerto performances with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and West of Scotland Symphony Schools orchestra.
Sarah Ayoub (piano) studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with Professor Fali Pavri for which she was awarded a scholarship from the Wilson Bequest and graduated this summer with First-Class Honours.
Before commencing her studies, Sarah was the recipient of The Nivina MacDuff Prize (ABRSM), the Lillian Campbell Memorial Prize, the William Findley Trophy, the Allie Cullen Memorial Prize and the John Fife Trophy from Glasgow Music Festival.
Sarah made her concerto debut age 16 with the WSSSO, performing Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 2 under the baton of James Lowe.
Achievements at the RCS included: 3rd prize at the Moray International Piano Competition, the Philip Halstead Concerto Prize, the Dunbar-Gerber Prize for chamber music and the Lamond Piano Prize. Sarah was concerto soloist with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra and Kelvin Ensemble. In March 2015, Sarah will make her concerto debut with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Performance highlights include: Glasgow Piano Festival; Cottier Chamber Project; collaborating with London Sinfonietta and Hebrides Ensemble as well as an appearance alongside Lang Lang, at the South Bank Centre in May 2011.
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