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Madeleine Mitchell and Friends

Madeleine Mitchell and Friends

One of the UK's liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists

The Times

A violinist in a million

The Herald

Flexible Ensemble (variable number of performers)

Instrumentation

  • Madeleine Mitchell - Violin
  • Nigel Clayton - Piano
  • Joseph Spooner - Cello
  • Kyle Horch - Saxophone

Repertoire

Wide repertoire including violin sonatas Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Franck, Grieg, Dvorak, Strauss, Fauré, Ravel, Elgar, Prokofiev, Janacek, Delius, Ireland etc, short pieces, both popular and contemporary e.g. MacMillan written for her, John McLeod.

Jazzed Up - violin, saxophone, piano - Shostakovitch Jazz Suite, Weill Threepenny Music, Gershwin An American in Paris "in Mitchell's highly effective arrangement" (The Times), Sondheim.

Programmes without piano:

Serenade: violin, guitar, voice from Handel and Beethoven to Piazzolla and Vaughan Williams folksongs or Violin Duos.

Piano trios and Kodaly duo for violin and cello

Biography

Madeleine Mitchell is one of the most distinguished and experienced violinists performing today, including throughout Scotland and for many music societies. She is particularly known for her introduced recitals and chamber music programmes, with many successful albums. She has performed in 50 countries, recently as soloist with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recitals in Moscow, Singapore, Vienna, as Artist-in-Residence at the Canberra International Music Festival, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican, and a US tour. Madeleine was given a major profile in The Scotsman by Ken Walton, prior to her concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Sound festival and her MacMillan recording with Cappella Nova was BBC Music Magazine's Choral CD of the Month. Her performance of Bruch Violin Concerto during the Edinburgh Festival was reviewed as "totally bewitching...her full rich tone sang strongly."

Madeleine Mitchell's widely praised CDs include Grace Williams Chamber Music 2019, 'Violin Muse' - including Judith Weir Violin duos, 'Violin Songs' (Classic FM CD of the Week); Alwyn Chamber Music and Howard Blake violin music for Naxos; In Sunlight - pieces written for her by well-known British composers including 2 by MacMillan; Hummel violin sonatas and British Treasures (early 20 romantic violin sonatas), Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time (in the group she formed with Joanna MacGregor) and Bridge Chamber Music.

Madeleine has been accompanied for many years by pianist Nigel Clayton, (who also teaches at NESMS so is regularly in Aberdeen) and they recently gave well received recitals in Edinburgh (2018/19) at Wigmore Hall and performed on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. Both artists are professors at the Royal College of Music and are experienced in giving workshops for all ages and levels, with concerts.

As Director of the London Chamber Ensemble Madeleine performs with some of Britain's best chamber musicians and their latest album was Guardian CD of the Week and entered the classical Charts at no.2. Madeleine is joined by Gordon MacKay for violin duos.

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