Sat. 7 December 2019 – 20:00
Emily Beynon

Project Paloma - 'Nie wieder Krieg'

Project Paloma - Lest we forget

For millennia, composers have used the flute as a musical symbol of purity, innocence, tranquility and peace. So perhaps it is no coincidence that so many flute/piano masterpieces were written in the horrendous years of the Second World War; consciously or subconciously the composers were perhaps looking for a musical peace ....

Over the coming five years, new Splendor musician, Emily Beynon (solo flautist, Concertgebouworkest), together with British pianist Andrew West and guest speakers, five concerts with the WW2 flute/piano masterpieces to commemorate the Second World War, lest we forget the horrors and atrocities... and to raise some funds and awareness for Musicians without Borders.

Part 1: Austria, Germany Switzerland; the pre war years, unrest…
Music by Carl Frühling, Paul Hindemith, Frank Martin, Hans Gál and Hanns Eisler

Texts by Bertolt Brecht, Paul Celan, Ernst Jandl and Heinrich Böll, amongst others

Rolf Somann (b. 1951 Berlin) language teacher, translator, music lover, studied in Berlin and Amsterdam, worked as a teacher of German language and literature at the Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam and at the Nyenrode Business University, translated Mozart letters into Dutch. Language and music are able to connect people. The connecting power of music is more obvious, because languages can also separate people from each other. Fortunately, music is a universal language and cannot evoke any misunderstanding. After wars, languages fall silent because war plunges culture into chaos, meaning and meaninglessness. While the language stutters and flees into the sound, the music is able to make a new beginning. Take the flute ...

Andrew West and Emily Beynon have a partnership which spans more than twenty years, performing throughout Europe, at venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Andrew is particularly known for his work with singers. Mark Padmore, Benjamin Appl, Susan Gritton, Robert Murray, Emma Bell, James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves, Hilary Summers en Roderick Williams. Their concerts have included recitals throughout Europe as well as Lincoln Center, New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington DC and they made several CD recordings together.

Andrew has an MA from Clare College, Cambridge, where he read English before studying under Christopher Elton and John Streets at the Royal Academy of Music.

He is currently professor of chamber music and accompaniment at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Furthermore he has been an Artistic Director of the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival since 2005 and is Chairman and Artistic Director of the Kirckman Concert Society.

Emily Beynon is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. Born in Wales, she began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music in London and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy and with Alain Marion in Paris. Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily performs regularly as concerto soloist and also as chamber musician. She is frequently heard on the radio and has recorded eleven solo discs to date. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. In 2009, she set up The Netherlands Flute Academy, together with business woman. Suzanne Wolff.

Emily Beynon - flute
Andrew West - piano
Rolf Somann - speaker
Music by Carl Frühling, Paul Hindemith, Frank Martin, Hans Gál and Hanns Eisler
Texts by Bertolt Brecht, Paul Celan, Ernst Jandl and Heinrich Böll, amongst others