18th October: Lunchtime Concert – Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones & Elizabeth Mucha (Violin & Piano)

Our autumn season of classical concerts concludes with a violin and piano duo concert originally planned for 2020, but subsequently twice postponed. Bulgarian violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones is joined by Scottish-Polish pianist Elizabeth Mucha for a concert that will feature music by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, and Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s transcription for violin and piano of Paganini’s Caprice No 24, which is reputed to be one of the most difficult pieces ever written for solo violin.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Programme:

The programme will include Beethoven’s Violin and Piano Sonata No 7, Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, and the Szymanowksi-Paganini Caprice No 24.

About Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones:

Violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones received her MA in Music Performance in the National Music Academy in her native Sofia, Bulgaria. She then continued honing her skills with renowned violin professors such as Franco Gulli, Igor Bezrodni and K. Aroutounian in Brussels, Belgium and Moscow, Russia. She became a highly versatile musician, being involved in a wide range of activities, from orchestra membership, to leadership of a number of chamber orchestras, co-leadership of the world renowned Moscow Academic State Orchestra and extensive solo performances. Her professional career took her to a number of countries, such as Russia, France, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Egypt, Spain, among others.

She moved to the UK in September 2015 and has since been involved in a number of solo, chamber music and orchestra performances in London’s St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton’s Open Borders Festival, Bishop Stortford, Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds, Brentwood, among others. She lives and teaches in Essex, having performed the solo part in a few major violin concertos, such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

About Elizabeth Mucha:

Scottish-Polish pianist Elizabeth Mucha has performed throughout Europe, the Americas, and the Far East as a critically acclaimed song accompanist, chamber musician and solo pianist.

She has broadcast for the BBC in Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as other classical music stations in Holland, Brazil, Canada, and the Philippines. For the British Council, she toured the Philippines with soprano Miranda Keys and flautist Kirsten Spratt with whom she released five CDs of flute/piano repertoire. She has appeared at music festivals in Brazil, Slovenia and in Poland. In the UK she took part in the Hull City of Culture celebrations and, most recently, at Late Music in York.

While living in Holland she played for the prestigious “Friends of the Lied” organisation, co-founded the vocal group “Songcircle”, and was involved in a multi-media project to commemorate the life and works of the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan.

In the UK, she worked at the Britten-Pears school and performed with the experimental music theatre group “Opera Circus”. In 2018 she celebrated a 10-year partnership with Bulgarian violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova with a series of concerts in and around London.

In addition to her playing, Elizabeth has devised several programmes including scripts for the Verdi celebration concerts in 2001 for Singapore Lyric Opera; Music Travels (solo programme) and a multidisciplinary programme, “Art Sung – Alma Mahler”, which played to great acclaim at Wilton’s Music Hall in London, at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe and at the London Song Festival in 2018. Art Sung- Clara Schumann is her second production in the Art Sung series.