University of Sheffield Concerts on Wednesday 17 May hosts Rachel Podger “the queen of the baroque violin” (Sunday Times). Taking place at the University’s Firth Hall at 7.30pm, the evening includes a selection of baroque masterpieces by composers Bach, Biber, and Tartini.
Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She has enjoyed countless collaborations as director and soloist with orchestras all over the world, and has recorded extensively, with over 25 discs to date. Rachel was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, and her performances and recordings have been met with critical acclaim. Rachel is recipient of numerous awards, including several Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Awards and BBC Music Magazine Awards.
As part of the performance Rachel Podger presents a selection of virtuosic solo repertoire taken from her critically acclaimed latest solo disc Guardian Angel. Music includes a performance of Bach’s Partita for flute in A minor transposed for violin, and Biber’s hauntingly beautiful Guardian Angel, the final work from his Mystery Sonatas.
The concert marks the University’s annual tribute to violinist Peter Cropper (1945 – 2015). Peter Cropper will be remembered for his enormous contribution to chamber music, and for forty years he led the internationally renowned Lindsay Quartet producing in that time a number of critically acclaimed recordings and performances. Locally, Peter made an enormous impact on music in Sheffield. Not only did he found Music in the Round, but was a long standing supporter and contributor to University music making, through numerous performances and in his role as a former Director of Performance. Through his outstanding musicianship, generosity, and enthusiasm, Peter cultivated ambition and inspired many young performers to fulfil their potential and this annual Peter Cropper tribute mark’s Peter’s contribution to University of Sheffield music-making, through learning and performance.
University of Sheffield Concerts Director Stewart Campbell said “It’s an absolute privilege to invite an artist of such international calibre as Rachel Podger to the city for our annual tribute to Peter Cropper. Peter was an outstanding communicator to so many students and staff at the University. Alongside the opportunity to share in her first-class musicianship, Rachel will talk and provide insight into her musical world. We hope this event aims to inspire staff, students and the wider public, just as Peter did.”