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Chamber recital: Jonathan Radford (saxophone) & Christine Zerafa (piano) Tuesday 20th February 2018

Tuesday 20 February 2018, Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead 8:00 pm
Tickets will be available at the door: £10 (Visitors); £7 (Members)
Complimentary light refreshments will be served during the interval

This evening’s event is a chamber recital given by award-winning young saxophonist Jonathan Radford and pianist Christine Zerafa.  They will be performing a diverse variety of items from their wide repertoire including works by familiar composers such as Debussy and Faure and by more specialist – but less familiar – composers for saxophone such as Iturralde, Caplet and Yoshimatsu.

Jonathan studied initially at Chetham’s School of Music and then continued his musical education at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique de Paris (CNSM) becoming the first British saxophonist to enter Claude Delangle’s world-famous saxophone class. He recently completed a Masters Degree in both saxophone and chamber music at CNSM with distinction and is currently continuing his studies with Kyle Horch at the Royal College of Music as Mills Williams Junior Fellow 2017/18. Very recently (February 2018) Jonathan and Christine won the Wind & Brass section final of the Royal Over-Seas League 66th Annual Music Competition and will now progress through to the Gold Medal Final to be held on 4 June 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

Jonathan has performed throughout Europe at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, Grieg Hall and the Philharmonie de Paris. He is a keen promoter of contemporary music, has collaborated with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music and has premiered works by Betsy Jolas and Luis Naon. He is also passionate about chamber music and co-founded the Yendon Quartet, a saxophone group which has broadcast on Radio France; the group has recently released its first CD, Utopico. Jonathan has received awards from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, The Musicians’ Company and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He is a Help Musicians Ian Fleming Award holder, a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist, a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist and a Vandoren Paris Artist.

Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa is based in London and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues in Malta, USA and across the UK. She has appeared frequently at all major London venues including the Wigmore, Royal Festival and Royal Albert Halls and St John’s Smith Square. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and has been recipient of many awards including the Schumann Lieder accompanist prize, the RNCM Clifton Helliwell prize and the RAM Scott Huxley prize for piano accompaniment. She has Master of Music degrees in solo performance and in piano accompaniment (distinction) and is currently undertaking a PhD in performance at the Royal Academy of Music where
she is focussing on her role as a collaborative pianist via a number of projects. Christine has been kindly supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship and the BOV Joseph Calleja and Janatha Stubbs Foundations; she has a Silverstone Bursary and a Gilling Family Scholarship