14th August: Lunchtime Concert – Leon King (Viola) – “The Composer as Craftsman”

Our summer season of concerts continues with a solo concert by viola player Leon King. Entitled “The Composer as Craftsman” and featuring works by Hindemith, Bach, and Leon King himself, the concert will explore the limits of harmony and dissonance.

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.


Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) – Sonata for Solo Viola Op. 25 No. 1 (1922)
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) – Suite no.1 in G major
Leon King – Suite for solo viola (2017)

About Leon King:

Leon King studied viola with Rudolph Botta in Manchester and Roger Best of the Alberni Quartet in London before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he continued his studies with Stephen Shingles, the principal violist of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. At the RAM he also studied chamber music under the renowned quartet leader Sidney Griller and composition with Paul Patterson and Edward Gregson. Leon has worked as a freelance player with many British orchestras including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields, BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia and RPO. He also studied baroque viola with Jan Schlapp and is an experienced specialist in period performance practice having worked with a number of period instrument orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Leon has a special interest in the viola d’amore and has edited editions of a number of eighteenth century pieces for viola d’amore, some never published before, including an Urtext edition of Vivaldi’s complete works for viola d’amore.