The Galos Piano Trio – London Concert on 23rd October – Dame Ethel Smyth “An Extraordinary Life”

galosThis is a showcase event to which the recipient of this email is invited as our guest, on Sunday 23rd October 2016 at 3.00pm – Hill House Founders Hall, 2 Radnor Walk, London SW3 4BN.

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This event is an afternoon of stories and music exploring the life, music and encounters of the irrepressible composer Dame Ethel Smyth and her friends: Brahms, Clara Schumann, Grieg and Tchaikovsky, told through her own words.

galos2Written by Felicity Broome-Skelton (violinist with Galos Piano Trio). Performed by the Galos Piano Trio with soprano Sarah Gabriel as Ethel.

Together they gave the premiere performance at St. David’s Cathedral Festival on 1st June 2016.

The next scheduled performance is at Luton Library Theatre, 5th December 2016 for Luton Music. Tickets available soon.

From the mid to late nineteenth century the German city of Leipzig was a hot house of musical creativity; a melting pot of compositional talent and a centre of musical ideas. Many composers were drawn to this wonderful city, following in the footsteps of J.S.Bach and more recently Felix Mendelssohn, to learn from the great composers, socialise, network, and above all create. Having won a battle of wills with her father (who didn’t want her to go), Ethel Smyth arrived to study in Leipzig in 1877 and found that the conservatoire had rather been resting on the laurels of Mendelssohn’s legacy and was no longer up to the teaching standards she was expecting; undeterred she found private tuition with Heinrich von Herzogenberg and her mission to become a composer commenced. She was soon absorbed into his circle and met and became friends with the likes of Brahms, Clara Schumann, the Griegs, Tchaikovsky, Kirschner, Mahler, Weber, Joachim, and more. She was immersed in the world of her dreams and certainly made the most of the opportunity.

Please click on the link below to view a promotional video on the project



Johannes Brahms 1833-1897               Piano Trio in C major Opus 87 (1883) Allegro

Ethel talks about realising her ambition to become a composer.

Ethel Smyth 1858-1944                       Piano Trio in D minor 1880 Scherzo ‘Presto con brio’

How things progressed for Ethel in Leipzig; meeting the Herzogenbergs and her recollections of Brahms.

Ethel Smyth 1858-1944                       Piano Trio in D minor 1880 Andante

‘The Courage of Simplicity’

Ethel describes her friendship with Elizabeth von Herzogenberg (Lisl) and how they become extremely close.

Ethel Smyth 1858-1944                       ‘Odelette’ from 4 Songs with chamber ensemble 1907

Ethel tells of her idol Clara Schumann and how they become friends 

Clara Schumann 1819-1896                Piano Trio in G minor Op17


Ethel recounts her meeting Grieg and their subsequent friendship.

Edvard Grieg 1843-1907                     Andante con moto in C minor 1878

Ethel talks of her friendship with Tchaikovsky.

Ethel Smyth                                         Violin Sonata in A minor 1887 Scherzo Allegro grazioso

The breakdown of Ethel and Lisl’s relationship and the long lasting heartbreak that ensues.

Johannes Brahms                                Piano Trio in C major Andante

Returning to the UK : Ethel tries to get her music heard.

Ethel Smyth                                         ‘Chrysilla’ from 4 Songs with chamber ensemble 1907

Ethel’s involvement with Feminism and the suffrage movement.

Ethel Smyth                                         Piano Trio in D minor Finale Allegro vivace

The Galos Piano Trio is a unique group bonded through friendship and music making that has spanned three decades. Their engaging and entertaining approach to concerts have seen them perform across the UK and also specially selected for hundreds of concerts throughout the world in partnership with Cunard, Saga and P&O.

The trio’s fascinating and unique approach to performances, coupled with their commitment to chamber music has cemented their success to date. James Longford and Felicity Broome-Skelton first played together when in youth orchestra on the Isle of Wight and reconnected as professional musicians through a love of chamber music to form the Galos Pano Trio with cellist Heidi Parsons.

The trio has performed at St Martin in the Fields chamber music festival in 2014, the 2015 London Piano Trio Festival and at Conway Hall earlier this year, for the bicentenary of William Sterndale  Bennett.

The Galos Trio is passionate about the piano trio genre and particularly keeping great British music alive and exploring the work of often neglected women composers; championing the works of Armstrong-Gibbs, Bridge, Stanford, Clara Schumann and Ethel Smyth amongst their repertoire.
Soprano Sarah Gabriel read English at Cambridge University. In 2009 she was selected by Lorin Maazel as the only European singer to join his Chateauville Foundation young artist program in the USA. Sarah is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Foundation, a Finzi Trust scholar (for which she rediscovered and performed baroque music in Venice and Bologna), received early support from Concordia Foundation, and is grateful to the Solti Foundation for current support in her studies.

Sarah sings music spanning four centuries – from early Handel to new commissions. She made her acclaimed US debut singing the role of Lucy in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera, conducted by Maazel, returning to his Castleton Festival in Washington DC as guest principal artist, and singing Britten in recital in New York to commemorate the end of Maazel’s tenure as conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

She made her triumphant European debut as Eliza Doolittle in Robert Carsen’s much-loved production of My Fair Lady at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.

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