Chamber Wednedays

This autumn, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose launches a new programme of chamber music at The Old Church, a beautiful arts centre in Stoke Newington, in which some familiar faces from the OperaUpClose orchestra will take centre stage.

The first concert features cellist Alison Holford and clarinettist Sarah Douglas in a programme ranging from Bach and Beethoven, to Saariaho and Skempton.

Contemplative pieces for solo cello, including Charlotte Bray’s On the Other Shore and Bach’s Cello Suite no.4 in E-flat Major, contrast with Anton Stadler’s playful Caprice for solo clarinet riffing on melodies from Mozart’s operas, while duets include Tapani Länsiö's A due for cello and bass clarinet and Beethoven’s Duo no.1 in C Major.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear music old and new in an intimate, atmospheric setting (with a gorgeous acoustic).

The Programme

Bach Cello Suite no. 4 in E-flat Major
Beethoven Duo no.1 in C Major
Charlotte Bray Midnight Interludes and On the Other Shore
Graham Firkin Cusp
Tapani Länsiö A Due
Kaija Saariaho Petals
Howard Skempton Lullaby
Anton Stadler Caprice

The Musicians 

Alison Holford
For OperaUpClose: solo cello for Eugene Onegin (2017), Carmen (2015), Dido & Aeneas (2014), La Traviata (2013 - ‘outstanding’ Independent), and Tosca (2012). Alison also wrote the new chamber orchestration for Eugene Onegin (2017). 

Alison was born and brought up in Birmingham. She read Music at Huddersfield University and Trinity College of Music, studying with Sue Lowe, Anna Shuttleworth and David Kenedy. At Trinity College of Music she was principal cello in the college Symphony Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Group. Her performing work includes: principal cello of St Paul's Sinfonia; solo cello (Splinter Cell); cellist (Bridgetower Music), solo cello La bohème and Madame Butterfly (Charles Court Opera); and in France, principal and continuo cello (Opéra de Baugé). Alison has performed with the Manchester Camerata and Lancashire Sinfonietta. With St Paul’s Sinfonia, Alison has performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos (with Helen Neilson), Brahms’ Double Concerto (with James Widden, violin), Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1, and Barber’s Cello Concerto.

Sarah Douglas
For OperaUpClose: solo clarinet for Maria Stuarda (2018), Eugene Onegin (2017), The Marriage of Figaro (2014), La Traviata (2013) andTosca (2012). 

Sarah grew up in Greater Manchester and was a student at Chetham’s School of Music. She went on to study at the Royal College of Music where she won the Henri Selmer Paris Clarinet Prize and the Stephen Trier Bass Clarinet Award. Her orchestral work includes projects with the LPO, the London Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, Brandenburg Sinfonia, KZN Philharmonic (South Africa), Opéra de Baugé (France), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and as a session musician for Brit Award-winner Duffy, Steve Harley and Pink Floyd Symphonic Live. She has performed recitals for Buxton Opera House Arts, Georgian Theatre Royal, Royal Academy of Arts and for Cunard on the Queen Victoria. Sarah is a peripatetic teacher at Tiffin School, St Paul’s School and Hereward House School, and is a music practitioner for NCS ‘The Challenge’. She has taken part in outreach projects with the LPO, London Sinfonietta, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestras for All and Live Music Now.


Wednesday 10 October

The Old Church
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 9ES


Reserved £16
Unreserved £12

£5 tickets are available for Unwaged/Jobseekers, please call 0203 176 7823 to book your ticket.