Programme for ACMC Musicians in Residence Weekend Concerts (20-22 August 2021)
|L. van Beethoven: Duet for clarinet and bassoon in C major WoO27, No 1|
– Allegro commodo
– Larghetto sostenuto
– Rondo Allegretto
|A. Vivaldi: Sonata for violin and continuo in d minor Op. 2, No 3|
|J. Haydn: Duet for violin and cello in D major Hob VI:D1 |
– Poco Adagio
– Tempo di Menuetto
There will then be a short break of 15-20 minutes, after which Ulla-Riikka and Francis will play a selection of arrangements of tangos, film themes, a few moments from the worlds of jazz and musical theatre, some Finnish folk music and some Scottish singalong favourites to get your toes tapping!
All of the concerts will be informal and free (although the coffee shops involved would be grateful for your patronage!), and will last for just over an hour, with a short break in the middle. There is no advance booking, and audience members are free to come and go as they please during the concert.
The days, times, and venues of the concerts are:
Friday 20 August
12:30pm: Cognito at the Museum, Gordon Highlander’s Museum
3:30pm: Marischal Square
Saturday 21 August
10:30am: Aberdeen Art Gallery (it may be advisable to prebook a ticket for entry to the Gallery, but prebooking is no longer a requirement for entry)
1:00pm: Duthie Park Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour
Sunday 22 August
12:30pm: Cognito at the Cross, Queens Cross Church
3:30pm: Footdee Community Hall
Ulla-Riikka grew up surrounded by all kinds of everyday music making. The cello became her main instrument from the age of 5. She studied cello playing and music pedagogy in Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland (2003-2007) where her love for chamber music was ignited. She carried on solo performance studies at Liszt Academy, Hungary and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, from where she graduated with MMus degree in 2009. From 2009-2011, she continued her specialist solo studies at Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
Whilst classically trained, Ulla-Riikka enjoys exploring music in many styles and formats: singing in choirs, playing in specialist baroque ensembles, Finnish folk music, improvisation, contemporary art music, indie rock, and more. She is an active performer with various chamber music and orchestral groups.
Ulla-Riikka also has a strong passion for teaching music, and she has extended her skills and abilities as a teacher with various specialist courses in this area.
In years gone by Francis spent many hours with a violin under his chin. He then went on to study music at King’s College London and The Royal Academy of Music. Through extensive experience in orchestral playing and in chamber music settings and through playing in numerous bands in recent years — at barn dances, in cinemas, aircraft hangers, muddy fields, on theatre stages, and at a variety of smoky clubs across his known world — as well as busking in the snowy streets of Chamonix and jamming over DJ sets Francis has come to love all types of music and improvisation. Now living in Scotland, Francis has a great interest in traditional music and putting modern twists on almost anything. Francis believes that live music is one of the greatest things in life. He now wants everyone to share this love of music and that’s why he loves teaching and performing.
Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts would like to thank Chamber Music Scotland for their support of the Musicians in Residence weekend, through funding from Creative Scotland.