7-30pm Saturday 10 June 2017
Poetry, Violin & Piano Recital
Graham Fawcett, Elizabeth Cooney & Grace Mo
Renowned writer and broadcaster Graham Fawcett, virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Cooney and pianist Grace Mo gave us a stunning evening of poetry and music. Featuring the works of local literary giants who were born or lived in Surrey and Hampshire, Graham recited poetry/prose by Jane Austen, William Cobbett, John Keats, Tennyson, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. Elizabeth and Grace performed music inspired by the writing, featuring works such as Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending and pieces by Elgar, Mozart as well as some Scotch/Irish airs and a little Persian folk music.
John Keats – Ode to Autumn (Winchester, 1819)
Tchaikovsky – Song of Autumn for Violin and Piano
William Cobbett – from The Rural Rides (Hants. 1821)
Pugnani/Kreisler – Praeludium und Allegro for violin and piano
Gilbert White – Natural History of Selborne (selected excerpts)
Sarasate- Caprice Basque
Graham studied Classics at Christ’s Hospital, where he was fortunate to coincide with a surviving decades-long era of teaching verse composition from English poetry into Greek and Latin metres, so that the first real encounters with Shakespeare, Keats, Tennyson and others came in translating them; read Archaeology & Anthropology and English at Cambridge, and has worked for Southern Arts, the British Institute of Florence, the Arvon Foundation, BBC Radios 3, 4, World Service and Italian Service. He has lived in Italy and French Catalonia and now lives in London. Graham runs reading evenings regularly in Farnham at the Bush Hotel assisted by Elizabeth Cooney.
Born in Taiwan, raised in Canada, and now lives in London, Grace Mo has established herself as a versatile musician, performing as a soloist and appearing with different ensembles in diverse projects. She has studied at the University of British Columbia and later at the Guildhall of School and Drama where she held both prestigious Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship and Piano Fellowship. The person who was the greatest influence on her career so far was her teacher and mentor from the GSMD, Joan Havill, who studied with Nadia Boulanger and Louise Kentner.
What attracted Grace most about a musical career is the power of expressions and emotions that serve as a major source of inspiration and energetic drive in her daily life. Whether in a live performance or in a music lesson, she finds touching people’s lives with music a privilege – and a wonderfully fulfilling one. In her recent interview with the ITV ‘Border Life’ program, she pushed the idea further and explained that it is equally important to reach out to audience in more remote part of the country. Grace showcases a wide range of repertoire and styles, but her fondness for Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel are reflected in their frequent appearances in her concert programmes.
Between piano practising, performing, and teaching, one can often find Grace relaxing and practising yoga on her mat, working on her very own instrument – the body. She also finds pleasure in paintings, calligraphy, travelling, and sports.