St. Cecilia Concert
November 23rd 2019
St. Peter’s Church
7pm refreshments, concert 7:30-8:30pm.
S. Bach, Prelude from E major Partita
Leclair, Sonata for 2 violins, Op. 2 No. 5
Schubert String Quartet No 13, D 804, "Rosamunde"
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia (with viola)
Max Wong & Jacob Wright violins
Carmen Craven-Grew viola
John Surcombe cello
Max is a Guernsey and London-based violinist. After making his concerto soloist debut at 11, he has given concerto performances in the UK, the US and China. In 2013 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music. On Guernsey, Max gave a recital at St James in 2018 and recently performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in Town Church over the Liberation Weekend.
Currently pursuing a doctorate at the Royal College of Music, Max’s research focuses on Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and performance practice issues arising from it. He represents the Royal College of Music in solo recitals throughout the UK.
Despite not living long on the island, Max has a special attachment to St. Peter’s and celebrated his wedding to Sally (née Ede Golightly) in the church this summer. He has previously taken part in the Flower & Music festival briefly and we look forward to many more occasions of hearing his beautiful sounds in this very special place.
Jacob has been studying the violin through the Guernsey Music Service since the age of 6. Through Music Centre he has had the opportunity to play with all of its string ensembles and also has played with all the Guernsey Symphony and Camerata Orchestras and GCOS. He is a regular member of St. Peter’s family service church band.
A keen singer, Jacob sings in the Elizabeth College choirs and is also a member of the Guernsey Youth Choir and St Peter’s Church Choir.
CARMEN CRAVEN GREW
Carmen was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of 8 when she also had her Royal Festival Hall debut with the Liverpool Philharmonic and toured France and Germany, playing in festivals and recitals.
In 1999 she was chosen to perform a solo for Lord Menuhin’s funeral in Surrey.
In 2001 she attended the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the ABRSM Scholarship and was winner of many awards, including the John Bennet award for achieving the highest mark in the college for her first year recital.
Once she had completed her studies she regularly performed with The Halle, Opera North and BBC Philharmonic Manchester.
Despite a vast amount of experience as a professional musician, it was her experience of instrumental teaching and the development of the young musician that has provided her with the greatest fulfilment. In 2014 she started working for the Guernsey Music Service and was appointed Head of Strings in 2016.
Carmen has continued to perform regularly in the United Kingdom and Guernsey. She regularly takes part In the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Camerate and has played in Les Quartette for recitals in Town Church and the United Club. Carmen enjoys travelling, visiting galleries, Art and baking in her spare time.
John was born and educated in Guernsey, studying cello with Mary Cordall, and piano with Peter Harris. He is well known locally as a singer, cellist and conductor, and regularly plays in string quartets and orchestras, including the family service orchestra of St Peter's.