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Saturday 21st October 2017
Reception at 7pm Concert at 7.45pm
St Mary's Church, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3UA

Concert Programme

Bach - Solo Cello

From Suite no.3 in C major, BWV 1009
II. Allemande, IV. Sarabande, VI. Gigue

Kabalevsky - Cello and piano

Concerto No 1 in G minor
, Op45
1st movement, Allegro

Ravel - Piano solo

, M40

Bridge - Cello and piano

Melodie H47, Elegie H99


Hungarian Rhapsody
, Op 68

Launch Concert Flyer
Sophie Kauer
Alison Rhind

Sophie Kauer
- Cello

2016 GSMF Bursary Winner

Sophie is 15 and lives in Godalming. She began cello lessons aged eight and, within two years, had been offered a place in the junior division of the Royal Academy of Music where she holds a scholarship. During her time at the Academy she has won the Norma Simpson Lower Strings Prize and the Cello Prize as well as having been a finalist in the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Prize.  Sophie studies privately with Melissa Phelps. Previously, she was also taught by Maria Zachariadou.
Sophie has performed in Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Denmark and across the UK. Highlights have included being chosen by Guy Johnston as the winner of the ‘Musicale Search for a Cello Soloist’ competition and making her debut as a soloist with orchestra at the 2015 Harpenden Music Festival.  She was also awarded the 2016 Guildford Spring Music Festival Bursary for Musical Promise by conductor Kenneth Woods and offered a scholarship to attend the 2016 Astona International Summer Music Academy in Switzerland. Sophie has given recitals as part of the Young Performers series at the Breinton Recital Society and the Guildford Institute and has won many prizes at music festivals including Woking Junior Musician and the Godalming Festival Cello Prize. She has received masterclasses from Raphael Wallfisch, Guy Johnston and Jo Cole.  In 2017, Sophie’s piano trio won the U16 category in the national finals of the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools. Together with her duo partner, violinist Amber Emson, Sophie also won 3rd prize in the 2014 national final of Germany’s most prominent youth music competition, Jugend Musiziert.  A former Principal Cello in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, Sophie has played in major UK concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre and Wales Millennium Centre under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Harding and Howard Williams. She has also made chamber appearances at Cadogan Hall, the Hatfield House Chamber Festival, the London Schubertiade Festival and the Danish Radio Koncerthuset, Copenhagen.
Sophie is currently studying for her GCSEs at Guildford High School where she is a music scholar. She is grateful to the Michael Hurd Memorial Fund for their support in 2017.

Alison Rhind
- Piano

Alison Rhind is recognised as one of the leading collaborative pianists specialising in the repertoire for piano and strings. Her ability to accompany was recognised and nurtured at an early age whilst still at Chetham’s School of Music and she became increasingly in demand throughout her time at Oxford University where she read Music at Wadham College. Chetham’s invited her back immediately she had finished her degree but she completed her studies with Edith Vogel at the Guildhall School of Music before returning there.
In 1994, she moved to the Yehudi Menuhin School where she worked for twelve years. She toured Israel and Germany with the students and was invited to accompany at the prestigious Kronberg Akademie after her recitals there with the school. During this period, she coached many young instrumentalists with whom she has since forged notable recital partnerships particularly the violinists Alina Ibragimova and Nicola Benedetti with whom she toured the USA and Japan.
Since 2009 Alison has worked at the Royal College of Music where a post was created for her as Coach for the String Department which she now combines with freelance recital work.
Her work at the college has also lead her to being invited to Norway, Sweden and Singapore to coach students there and she has a collaborative relationship with many teachers who send their students to her specifically for duo coaching.