Viol players set for melting pot

By Sam Acourt in Arts

A pair of viol players are preparing A Musical Melting Pot for Totnes.

Susanne Heinrich and Jonathan Manson will be appearing at the United Free Church in Totnes on Friday, February 3.

The performance, which starts at 7.30pm, involves work by a cross-section of German composers who took an interest in writing for the viola da gamba using an eclectic mix of European musical styles.

Susanne Heinrich has performed with many leading period-instrument ensembles, and for many years toured worldwide with the Palladian Ensemble. Until 2008 she was a founder member of Charivari Agréable, with which she has made sixteen recordings, most of which feature her as a solo artist. One of the leading viol players of her generation, Susanne taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and took on the administration of the Viola da Gamba Society in 2009.

Jonathan Manson is a founding member of the viol consort Phantasm. His recordings with Trevor Pinnock of the Bach sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord are acclaimed, and he has appeared with leading ensembles including the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and in recitals with Elizabeth Kenny, Carolyn Sampson, and Iestyn Davies. As a concerto soloist he has played at the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He is professor for baroque cello and viola da gamba at the Royal Academy of Music.

The pair will be performing as part of the Totnes Early Music Society new season in association with The Arts of Dartington.

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