Cooper Hall - Classical Music Venue
Tre voci
Tre Voci
On St Cecilia's Day
Friday 22nd November
'Variations on Norwegian Folk' (audio clip):
Formed late in 2012, Tre Voci is made up of Norwegian cellist Torun Stavseng and British cellists/composers Gregor Riddell and Colin Alexander.
They are interested in exploring the outer reaches of classical music in a chamber musical setting: with equal emphasis on styles ranging from transcriptions of renaissance choral music to contemporary works including the use of electronics and improvisation. They have commissioned works by Richard Glover, Stine Sørlie, Jonathan Cole, John Lely, Taylor Brook, William Davy Cole as well as ensemble members. In the summer of 2013 Tre Voci were the resident ensemble at the nu:nord festival in Oslo, where numerous new works were written for them.
see musician profiles and Youtube clip below...
Watch Torun Stavseng, Gregor Riddell & Colin Alexander in this clip...
Torun Stavseng
In 2010, Norwegian cellist Torun Saeter Stavseng, was awarded the Swedish Royal Academy of Music honorary prize performing Britten’s Cello Symphony with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year she was awarded the Ung svensk soloist prize and offered the principal cellist position of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra where she worked until 2012.  Other solo appearances include Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Camerata. Other prizes and awards include RWE Dea Kulturpreis, Oslo Camerata soloist competition, Edsberg and Sollentuna stipend, KMA Jernaaker stipend. Together with Swedish pianist Anna Christensson they will release their debut album of both new and familiar works for cello and piano later this year. Torun appeared in festivals such as Risor chamber music festival, Lyckaa Festival, Sandviken Kammarmusikfestival, Brahms festival Copenhagen, Open Chamber Music Festival Prussia Cove. Important musical influences include Jean Guihen Queyras, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis and Torleif Thedeen.
Gregor Riddell

Gregor Riddell is a cellist and composer. He is a founder member of the Solstice String Quartet who have performed at major European concert halls and premiered a substantial number of works including his own, Touch-In, Touch-Out. He is also a member of Living Room In London who released their debut album on SessionWork Records in 2012 and have commissioned works by Peter Wiegold, Raymond Yiu, Milton Mermikides, Cevanne-Horrocks-Hopayian and Charlie Piper. Last year he held an Artist Residency at the Banff Centre where he wrote a substantial work for cello and electronics, which, with the support of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, he recorded last autumn with producer Rob Lewis. He read Music at Cambridge University and composition at the Royal College of Music. He has recently written a work for the London Contemporary Orchestra and, alongside cellist Torun Stavseng, premiered his double cello concerto, Sin Aliento, in La Paz Bolivia. He is a member of the Norwegian composers collective, NMK, and involved in nu:nord for which his cello trio, Tre Voci, is part of the resident ensemble. Upcoming performances include Kings Place, the Village Underground and concerts in Bolivia, Canada and Norway.

Colin Alexander
Born into a family of musicians, Colin Alexander began playing the ‘cello at a very early age. He later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, achieving his BMus in both ‘cello, with Oleg Kogan, and composition, with Richard Baker. Since leaving the Guildhall, Colin has completed a masters in composition at the Royal College of Music on a full scholarship whilst establishing himself as a freelance ‘cellist. He regularly records for advertisements and television and has appeared on BBC Radio 3, ITV and Channel Four. Colin has also worked as principle ‘cello for the London Felefilmonic Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with musicians such as David Campbell, Alexander Bailie, Dmitri Sitovetsky and Michael Cox. Having recently finished a commission for the Mercury Quartet, Colin has also twice written pieces for the London Contemporary Orchestra and the Marryat Players String Orchestra. Recent appearances as a ‘cellist have included Brahms’ Double Concerto at St James’ Piccadilly, various projects with the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists, a number of chamber music concerts with the Gagliano Ensemble and performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
St Cecilia   St Cecilia is ever present at Cooper Hall. Her image shapes our gallery window; her lyre our foundation's logo and motif on our piano; and as the patron saint of music her spirit resonates as a constant throughout the space.



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