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Photo of Peter HewittPETER HEWITT piano

Peter Hewitt devotes his music making to solo piano playing, chamber music and Lieder. Over the last 20 years he has built up many long term musical partnerships and has given over a thousand concerts playing an average of 60 concerts each season. His recital work regularly takes him all around the UK, America & the Middle East.

Peter’s ongoing recording project of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas has attracted terrific critical acclaim. Vladimir Ashkenazy admired the “attention to detail and devotion to the music. Hewitt is very musical... it touched me." The great British Beethoven player John Lill commented, “Hewitt’s extraordinarily perceptive qualities and deeply sensitive soul are so well suited to this music. The Op.31 performances are inspiring!” International Record Review magazine said, “This is Beethoven speaking directly to us… Hewitt’s technique is flawless… here is the finest Beethoven piano sonatas debut disc I have heard for years; it deserves a place in every CD collection.”

Past performances have included appearances at all the major London venues, tours of Scotland and Wales, nationwide performances of Schumann’s Dichterliebe, including one at the Purcell Room in London as part of the prestigious Fresh Series for outstanding young musicians, tours to the Middle East and the US, a performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the London Festival Orchestra and a tour of the USA with recitals and masterclasses in Berkeley, Las Vegas, Louisiana, Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska and Philadelphia. He was recently invited to appear in a VirtuosoPianists series in London featuring six of Europe’s finest virtuoso pianists.

Last season included UK tours of the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky Piano Trios including performances at St John’s, Smith Square, London, the Turner Sims Hall, Southampton and St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Next season will include a series of nationwide Beethoven sonata recitals, a CD release and tours with violinist Peter Fisher to celebrate the Fritz Kreisler anniversary year. For the past 20 seasons Peter has devoted a proportion of his concert playing work to giving charity fund raising concerts and has raised well over £200,000 to date.

Peter’s repertoire encompasses mainstream works from Bach to Prokofieff but he also maintains an interest in the works of contemporary composers and has given many world premiere performances. He has recorded for BBC Radio and Television, broadcast on Radio 3, Classic FM, Australian Broadcasting Company, New Zealand Radio and also made critically acclaimed commercial recordings for LITmus, Tremula and Meridian.

Peter FisherPETER FISHER violin

British violinist Peter Fisher is an artist of remarkable versatility and insight who possesses a tone quality of great beauty and lyricism. His extensive repertoire ranges from the Baroque to Jazz and, exceptionally among his generation, he has a strong affinity with the romantic music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

Equally at home in the role of soloist, chamber musician and director, Peter established the Chamber Ensemble of London in 1997, consisting of handpicked players from the leading London-based orchestras and chamber music ensembles. 

Photo of Toby Turton

TOBY TURTON cello

Toby Turton studied cello with Sharon McKinley at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Whilst studying at the Welsh College Toby was the recipient of both the String Prize and the Simon Clarkson award for the best all round musician having achieved the highest distinction mark on graduation for over a decade. He became the principal cellist in the College's chamber ensemble Afallon giving, most notably, critically acclaimed performances of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

Since graduating Toby has led an increasingly busy musical life. As a freelance orchestral player he has played professionally with such orchestras as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra with conductors including Peter Donohoe, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Elgar Howarth and Adrian Leaper. He also regularly appears as guest principal with many regional orchestras. As soloist he has made numerous concerto appearances including a live radio broadcast of Elgar's cello concerto, a memorable performance of the same work with the Hitchin Concert Orchestra and a performance of the Cello Concerto No.1 by Saint-Saëns with the London Medical Orchestra. He has also participated in masterclasses with Stephen Isserlis, Alexander Baillie, Maud Tortelier, David Strange and the Brodsky Quartet. As chamber musician he has given many recitals in collaboration with Peter Hewitt for the music clubs and societies of England, Scotland and Wales.

Future plans include performances of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations a further recording of Beethoven Cello Sonatas and many more recitals for music clubs and societies around the UK.

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NICHOLAS GARRETT narrator

London-born Nick Garrett studied singing, composition, piano and conducting at the Trinity College of Music before going on to win a singing grant from the Wolfson Foundation. After serving a stint in the world-renowned vocal ensemble "The Swingle Singers," Garrett's next move was into some of world's leading opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, the English National Opera, the Scottish Opera and the Opera National de Paris, performing over 30 major roles showcasing his rich bass baritone. Most recently Nick has become a one of the singing members of Amici forever and as a composer and talented musician he also contributes to the writing and arrangements of some of the pieces performed by them.

 
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