Matilda Lloyd (trumpet) and Richard Gowers (organ)
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Featuring the perfect combo of organ and trumpet, Matilda Lloyd and Richard Gowers bring their highly acclaimed UK tour to Portico.
Hailed as “remarkable" by the Daily Telegraph, Matilda Lloyd is a fast-rising young artist with exceptional poise and musicality. She captivates audiences and critics alike with her artistry and communication, with her “flawless sound and virtuosic technique” bringing a unique flair to every performance.
Matilda comments: “The trumpet is my voice, allowing me to express myself and share my music. I’m passionate about challenging people’s perceptions of the trumpet as a solo instrument: maximising its versatility and expanding the repertoire for brass players of the next generation.”
A student of the renowned Swedish virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger, she was prize-winner in the recent Ellsworth Smith International Competition and has previously won Eric Aubier International Competition in Rouen, France, as well as the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final.
2023 will mark the release of her debut orchestral disc for Chandos, joined by the Britten Sinfonia and Rumon Gamba. The disc is a celebration of operatic arias arranged for trumpet and orchestra which will give her a chance to showcase her unique timbre as well as technical prowess.
Highlights in the forthcoming weeks include her Finnish debut* with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra and Jessica Cottis, and a UK tour with the Britten Sinfonia which has commissioned a new work for her by Alissa Firsova.
Previous diary highlights include performances with the Britten Sinfonia, BBC Philharmonic (BBC Proms), BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Manchester Camerata, Rotterdam Sinfonia, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmomic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nordica, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen.
Her recital pedigree includes prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Ryedale and Buxton Festivals.
In addition to her solo performances she also founded and leads the trumpet ensemble Solus.
Richard Gowers, born 1994 in Cambridge, is a British pianist, organist and conductor. As of January 2023 he he is Director of Music at St George’s Hanover Square, Handel’s church in London.
He studied at the Mendelssohn Conservatoire, Leipzig, King’s College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, and at the Royal Academy of Music, where he took a Masters in Piano Accompaniment with Michael Dussek and Joseph Middleton, specialising in Lieder. He currently studies with Nathan Laube at the Stuttgart Conservatoire.
As a Lieder pianist he has appeared at Leeds Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall and as a finalist in several song competitions, including the Helmut Deutsch Liedwettbewerb in Vienna and the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has made radio appearances with the BBC Singers, and on Radio 3’s In Tune with Mary Bevan.
In the past year he has performed extensively in the county’s leading orchestras, including Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony (LSO/Rattle) and Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ (LPO/Gardiner) at the BBC Proms. He performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Orion Orchestra (Nicholas Daniel) and Worthing Philharmonic (Dominic Grier).
In his extensive work as an organist, Richard Gowers kicked off the 2022-23 season with the Saint-Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, with a return performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra scheduled for October 2023. He has previously appeared as a recitalist across Europe, most recently in Italy, Sweden and Germany, and further afield in the USA and Australia. His 2018 disc of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur was a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’.
This concert is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The programme will be announced soon.
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Supported by Lottery Project Funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland