Sense and sensibilities

St George’s Arts present Penelope Cave and Helena Brown in a  St Valentine’s Tea –Time Recital; Sense & Sensibilities, a tribute to Jane Austen in words and music for piano duet with a Broadwood square piano of 1795.

Date: Sunday 13th February 2011 at 2.30pm

Venue: St George’s Church, Esher Park Avenue, Esher, Surrey KT10 9RQ

Tickets: £10

Box Office:    01372 464370  /  465755

Tea and cake will be served.

This specially created musical entertainment includes duets from Jane Austen’s own books, residing in the library at Chawton; the very ones she played with her sister, Cassandra. The charming forgotten works for four hands and those by Haydn, Burney, Clementi, Pleyel, and Giordani and the popular Battle of Prague, are interspersed with entertaining contemporary readings, chosen from diaries, letters, novels and poetry.

Penelope Cave is a prize-winning harpsichordist who has given solo recitals in the Wigmore Hall and at concerts and festivals throughout Europe. She has given solo broadcasts for Belgian Radio, Classic FM and BBC Radio3.  Her CD, ‘From Lisbon to Madrid’, featuring Scarlatti sonatas, received 5 stars from the BBC Music magazine.

Helena Brown worked for the Royal Ballet and also with larger-scale ensembles: the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the City of London Sinfonia and London Chamber Orchestra. She was chosen to play the historic Shudi harpsichord at Kew Palace for the Queen on her eightieth birthday.

Complementary to their recordings and joint master-classes Penelope and Helena have been giving concerts together for many years on two harpsichords but since acquiring the Broadwood piano they have specialised in 18th century music for piano duet.  They have performed throughout Britain including the Handel House, the Foundling Museum, Leeds University, and the Ashmolean Museum and been filmed at the Edinburgh Festival  and at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath for the documentary ‘Crazy about Jane’.

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