21 January | 7:45pm | £22 / £18
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9.00pm, no interval
Benjamin Baker, violin | Daniel Lebhardt, piano
Reena Esmail - Darshan (5’)
Claude Debussy - Violin Sonata (13’)
Matthew Kaner - from Highland Scenes: (8’)
Augusta Reed-Thomas - Pulsar (6’)
Edward Elgar - Violin Sonata (27’)
'...technically immaculate and, more important, touching, and taking nothing for granted'
The Strad, February 2018
Since winning 1st Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and 3rd Prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand Benjamin Baker has established a strong international presence. Described by the New York Times as bringing ‘virtuosity, refinement and youthful exuberance’ to his debut at Merkin Concert Hall he is much sought after as soloist and chamber musician.
Recent highlights include regular appearances at Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3, his debut with Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the East Neuk Festival and with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in NZ, alongside solo recordings with the BBC Concert and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2021 Delphian Records released his CD with Daniel Lebhardt to critical acclaim. In 2021, he launched his own festival in Queenstown, New Zealand - At the World’s Edge.
Their programme includes Elgar's 25-minute masterpiece composed in 1918 which evokes the passion and warmth of Brahms and the lyricism of Schubert. Debussy's sonata was written in 1917, just one year before Elgar's. His last major work, there is a sense of unsettled questioning and impassioned outbursts in the writing, but much emotional warmth too and the music unfolds tantalisingly and fleetingly.
Snowbells and Fireside Tale are two of the beautifully evocative Five Highland Scenes written especially for Benjamin Baker and Daniel Lebhardt by Matthew Kaner in 2019, first premiered on BBC Radio 3. The programme is completed by Reena Esmail's Darshan and Pulsar by Augusta Reed-Thomas. Benjamin Baker describes both pieces as 'exploring the more spiritual side of our existence and an exploration of the huge mix of emotions the last two years have been'.
Covid-19 and concerts
In line with the most up-to-date guidance Public Health for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, we:
- clean all surfaces that people touch regularly and keep hand sanitizer around the site
- ensure air flow remains good around the building (we have a highly efficient air extraction system in the concert hall)
- advise all ticket holders to take a lateral flow test before coming to an event at the Granary and insist that staff and visitors who are unwell do not attend the venue
Face coverings are currently not compulsory, but if the guidance changes we will communicate this to ticket holders.