St Christopher

Jennifer Pike and Tom Poster
Event 1
Friday October 3rd , 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Masterworks for violin and piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in G,K301
Thomas Hyde
Sonata for violin and piano, op14
Johann Sebastian Bach
B minor Partita
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Miklós Rózsa
Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song, op4

This is an archived event from the 2014 Programme.

Jennifer Pike violin  Tom Poster piano



We open with two of this country’s most brilliant young performers.

Vaughan Williams’s Lark Ascending was written for piano accompaniment – the rising lark’s exquisite flights sound even more ethereal than in the orchestral version we’re used to.

The delightful Sonata in G is the essence of Mozart – effortlessly melodious, charming yet profound. A sprightly and joyous opening, then a gracious dance with a reflective minor key Sicilienne at its core.

Some of the finest music was written for solo violin – Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas are miracles of expression. Jennifer plays three movements from his superb B minor Partita including the very beautiful Sarabande.

Thomas Hyde’s three-movement violin sonata (world première), written for Jennifer Pike, was inspired by Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

These charming Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song show Miklós Rózsa’s great affection for his native folk music.

Jennifer Pike is an exciting talent – youngest BBC Young Musician of the Year (2002), then a New Generation Young Artist. “Dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM)

Tom Poster’s piano playing has won him many prizes, and many admirers. The Guardian called him a “young lion” of the piano.

“His versatility and unerring sense of what works best marks him out as a musician’s musician and everyone in the business should be beating a path to his door” (MusicWeb International)