26th April: Lunchtime concert – Ellen Porter and Alec Hone (cello and piano)

fb_event_buttonIn the third lunchtime concert of our Spring season, we are delighted to present another talented young musician – cellist Ellen Porter. From Prokofiev to Schumann, Ellen will cover 100 years of the cello repertoire. Having gained a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, Ellen is sure to take us through this 100-year journey with sensitivity, emotion and deep musical understanding. She will be performing movements from major Sonatas and Concertos and will be accompanied by Alec Hone. This concert will definitely be one not to miss!

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade cakes,scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £4.


Prokofiev – Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119: movement I
Fauré – Elegie, Op. 24
Fauré – Romance, Op. 69 in A
Herbert – Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30: movement II
Glazunov – Chant du Menestrel, Op. 71
Glazunov – Serenade Espagnole, Op. 20, No. 2
Schumann – Adagio and Allegro in A flat, Op. 70

About the Musicians

Ellen Porter is a 17-year old British cellist and studies with David Smith, privately, at the Royal Academy of Music. Ellen currently attends Prince William School in Oundle, where she is studying for A Levels in Music and History. Ellen was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain from 2010 – 2012, winning the Dame Ruth Railton Prize in 2012. Ellen worked with the Britten Sinfonia Academy for 2 years, between 2013 and 2015. In 2015 she performed a full lunchtime recital as part of the 2015 Oundle International Festival and has previously won prizes and performed as part of the Oundle Festival, Musicale Eisteddford and Hatfield House International Chamber Music Festival. She is currently principal cellist in the Musicale Young Artists Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, based in Hertfordshire. Ellen has also recently studied with Hannah Roberts as part of her International Masterclass course, as well as with Guy Johnston and privately with Eduardo Vassallo, principal cellist in the CBSO. As a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra she has repeatedly been awarded the James Langley Memorial Prize on an annual basis. She is now Principal cellist with the orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner and Jac Van Steen. In November 2015, Ellen auditioned for Conservatoires across the UK and was delighted to accept a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo, starting in September 2016. She is supported in her further musical study by a number of charitable trusts and currently plays on a modern Italian style cello dated 2012.

Alec HoneAlec Hone read Music at Birmingham University where he studied piano with Beryl Chempin and organ with David Saint before going to the Royal College of Music to train as a repetiteur in their Opera School. He then worked a freelance teacher and pianist before becoming Assistant Director of Music at the Blue Coat School in Birmingham. In 1993 he was appointed Director of Music at St Peter’s School, Lympstone and in 1998 moved to Stamford to join the staff at the Stamford Endowed Schools. In 2001 Alec was appointed Head of Keyboard Studies at Oundle School. Alec was until recently an ABRSM Examiner and is a Trustee of the Oundle Music Trust.