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Manchester Camerata Principals

Caroline Pether

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Hannah Roberts

A programme of virtuoso cello and violin pieces by Handel, Kodály, Martinu and arrangements of Paganini, Piazzolla, Glière, Monti and Eric Clapton.

Sunday 1st September 2019
5:30pm: St Michael and All Angels Church, Adbaston, ST20 0QE


Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Cello

Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7

1. Allegro serioso, non troppo

2. Adagio - Andante

3. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento - Presto


Martinu Duo No. 2 for Violin and Cello

Glière Eight Duets for Violin and Cello Op. 39 Nos. 3,4 and 8

3. Berceuse        4. Canzonetta    8. Etude

Piazzolla Oblivion arr. Simon Parkin

Paganini Caprice No. 24 arr. Simon Parkin

Eric Clapton Layla arr. Simon Parkin

Monti Czardas arr. Simon Parkin


Hannah and Caroline are already well-known in the Stafford area, playing a memorable rendition of Schubert’s ‘Trout’ quintet with pianist Mark Viner at Adbaston, as part of Stafford Music Festival 2018. Hannah was also the virtuoso soloist for a celebrated Elgar Cello Concerto with the Manchester Camerata at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

Caroline Pether, (violin)

Co-Leader Manchester Camerata

‘Every phrase is executed with such flamboyance, enhanced by her passion.’

Sinfonia Cymru review, Buzz Magazine

Hi I’m Caroline! I hold the Co-Leader position at Manchester Camerata and I’m the Leader of chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru. I enjoy a regular duo partnership with Camerata’s esteemed principal cellist (and my good friend) Hannah Roberts and I was the first violinist of the award-winning Zelkova Quartet from 2010 until 2019. I studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Professor Wen Zhou Li and I’m now developing my own pedagogical career as a violin tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

During my time leading the Zelkova Quartet the group were winners of the 2017 St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition and the 2014 Royal Overseas League Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble. We also recorded a CD of music written by Nicholas Simpson released by the label Stone Records. I now enjoy a variety of chamber music collaborations with colleagues at Sinfonia Cymru, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Collective, Vonnegut Collective, Psappha Ensemble and Ensemble Deva.

As a soloist I hold a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Postgraduate Performance Award from Help Musicians UK (formerly known as Musicians Benevolent Fund). Highlights include directing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Sinfonia Cymru and performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in Bridgewater Hall with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier.

I have a particular fondness for the Australian comedy violin duo TwoSetViolin and I love playing the violin at my church on Sundays.

Hannah Roberts, (cello) Principal Cello Manchester Camerata

“Hannah Roberts is one of the outstanding ‘cellists of her generation and was privileged to have studied with William Pleeth  and Ralph Kirshbaum.”

Having won prizes in numerous prestigeous competitions and awards such as Shell LSO, BBC Young Musician, Jacqueline Du Pre Memorial and Pierre Fournier awards, I have gone on to give many concerto performances with leading orchestras, including the London Mozart Players, LSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Hálle, also making frequent broadcasts for BBC radio and recording for ASV.

My festival appearances have included Chichester, Malvern, Beverley, ‘Beethovenfest’ and regular participation in the prestigious ‘Manchester International Cello Festival’ where I was invited to lead a world premiere of a cello sextet work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and performed on numerous occasions. Internationally, I have taken part in the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and numerous other festivals in Europe, and have an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances.

In addition to being principal ‘cellist of Manchester Camerata and my activities as a soloist and chamber musician, I am a committed and sought-after teacher and professor of cello at the RAM in London and the RNCM in Manchester, and am a visiting tutor for the University of Oxford.

I am honoured to have been awarded both an HonRAM and an FRNCM, for my work helping to nurture upcoming ‘cellists, and enjoy working with some of the world’s most gifted young musicians at prestigious international masterclasses each summer.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have several very absorbing and complementary musical ‘strands’ – playing with Manchester Camerata is always very stimulating and there is always much to be learned from my colleagues and our music director, Gábor Takács-Nagy. I also love the other projects that I do as a chamber musician and soloist and find that these connect in a very creative way with the teaching that I do. I am fortunate in working with some of the most gifted new generation of ‘cellists internationally and this demands continuous fresh thinking, challenges and lively interaction – all an excellent counter-balance to the hours spent alone practising.

Concert kindly supported by Manchester Camerata and SDAC

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