Father and daughter pairing celebrates the Renaissance period
The distinguished Richard Lester will be performing with his daughter Elizabeth, tomorrow in a recital at the Holbourne Museum, Bath, called Venetian Dawn which celebrates the chamber music of the early Baroque in the city of Venice at the birth of the Renaissance, including music by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Frescobaldi and Gabrieli.
The music focuses on Venice and highlights some of the exquisite music performed in the churches, palaces and vourts during the early Renaissance period that merged into the early and late Baroque period.
In a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Richard's musical prowess has come full circle.
A Fellow of the London College of Music, he gave organ recitals at many famous venues early on in his career.
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He studied harpsichord with George Malcolm and made his London debut to critical acclaim in 1972 and two years later was hailed as 'one of our leading players' by the Daily Telegraph and The Times. Now recognised globally as one of the great masters of the harpsichord, Richard Lester was recently awarded a prominent position in the prestigious Penguin Guide to the 1000 Finest Classical Recordings following a long association with Nimbus Records.
His comprehensive discography includes the complete Scarlatti sonatas listed in the Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music, plus sonatas by Seixas, Soler and Haydn – and Mozart sonatas on a Schantz fortepiano of 1795.
Now semi-retired from the major concert platform, he is currently completing a set of recordings of Frescobaldi's music on historic instruments which also includes Canzoni played by his daughter, Elizabeth on Renaissance recorders.
At the age of ten, Elizabeth became the youngest student ever to pass the, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama exam with honours on the recorder.
She studied with Christopher Ball in London and has performed most of the virtuoso repertoire for that instrument with professional period instrument orchestras including the Corelli Orchestra and the Bristol Camerata under Anthony Halstead.
Her love for the flute also began at an early age and she studied Baroque flute with Jonathan Morgan.
At 15 under the tutorage of Teresa McIver she passed the Trinity College of Music Associate diploma with honours on the modern flute and two years later the LTCL.
Tickets for tomorrow's 7.30pm concert are £15/12 on 01225 388569.