5th June: Lunchtime Concert – Ellen Porter and Alec Hone (Cello & Piano)

For the last but one of our Spring lunchtime concerts we are delighted to welcome back cellist Ellen Porter and her accompanist Alec Hone, after their very well received Tuesdays Till Two début two years ago. Ellen will be playing two of her favourite cello works: the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano (Op. 40)). Remarkably, the Haydn concerto was for many years thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in 1961 when copy of the score was found in the National Museum in Prague. It has since become a staple of the cello repertoire. Like the Shostakovich sonata, composed some 170 years later and during a turbulent period in Shostakovich’s personal life, it is a work full of both expressive melody and virtuoso passages to take your breath away.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, 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 £5.


Haydn – Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
Shostakovich – Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40

About Ellen Porter:

Ellen Porter is a British cellist and studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo. She previously studied with David Smith, and has attended masterclasses with Hannah Roberts, Guy Johnston, Gillian Thoday, Emma Ferrand and Miklos Perenyi. As a passionate orchestral cellist, she has been Principal Cellist of the CBSO Youth Orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Jac Van Steen and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Ellen studies baroque cello with Susan Sheppard, and receives regular coaching from Roger Hamilton, Harvey Davies, Annette Isserlis and Pauline Nobes. Ellen plays in a string quartet at the RNCM, who have a busy summer planned with concerts in and around Manchester as well as at the Oundle International Festival. As a soloist, Ellen has performed locally as well as in Hertfordshire and frequently in Manchester. Having grown up in the area and taken part in local music making, Ellen is delighted to return to Peterborough to work once again with pianist Alec Hone. Ellen would like to thank The Edna Newill Charitable Trust for their continued support throughout her musical studies.