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Winter Piano and Cello Recital

18 December 2021 @ 18:30 - 20:30



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We are pleased to present a fundraising Piano and Cello Recital given by Tara Clifford and Clare Graham.

Tara Clifford – Piano

Tara Clifford leads a busy and varied life as a pianist and performing arts educator in London. Having started out her career as a solo pianist, Tara now works more regularly on collaborative projects, be this playing with other musicians or contributing to interdisciplinary pieces. Tara has performed extensively in the UK and abroad, including venues such as the National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery (Dublin), the Purcell Room and St John’s Smith Square. She is a founding member of Trio Taliesin and records regularly for Cavendish Music. Recent recording projects include Chopin and Debussy Solo Piano albums. She also enjoys working collaboratively with composer Katherine Gillham.
As an educator Tara teaches piano and delivers music and performing arts workshops in schools and community settings across London. This has led to work with organisations such Wigmore Hall Learning, Artis Education, RCM Sparks and Westminster Music Library.
Tara holds a Masters in Advanced Performance from the Royal College of Music (2010), a Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership from the Royal Northern College of Music (2015) and a 1st class honours degree in music from the University of Manchester (2007). She studied under Gordon Fergus-Thompson (RCM), John Gough (University of Manchester) and Lidia Amorelli (London) and gained scholarships and awards at both Manchester and RCM.

Clare Graham – Cello

Clare is a confident and versatile musician. at home with many different genres and styles of music, having performed with Kanye West. London Sinfonietta and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, She holds a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham Conservatoire.
Previous to her studies at the Academy, Clare won a full scholarship to study with Catherine Ardagh Walter at Birmingham Conservatoire and was awarded a BMus honours degree with first class. While at Birmingham Clare auditioned for and was awarded a position on the prestigious CBSO scheme for orchestral training. During the course of her undergraduate, Clare was principal cellist for all orchestras at the Conservatoire, including the Thallein ensemble which specialises in contemporary music and with whom she performed at the Purcell Room.
While studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Clare participated in many masterclasses, for both solo and chamber music. These have included such distinguished musical figures as Steven Doane Robert Cohen, Colin Carr and the Skampa Quartet. Clare performed as a member of both the Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra and was involved in the Manson Ensemble recording of music by Frank Zappa. During her orchestral training at the Academy, Clare was fortunate enough to play under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Colin Davis.
Currently Clare is a freelance cellist in much demand. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music she has worked with many top orchestras including the London Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She is a versatile musician and has appeared on multiple film scores, TV programmes and classical recordings as well as regularly performing at events across London.
Clare currently plays an 1810 Betts cello.

The Programme

‘Clair de Lune’ from Suite Bergamasque – Debussy
‘Traumerei’ from Kinderszenen – R. Schumann (arr. Barrie Turner)
Children’s Corner Suite – Debussy
‘La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin’ from Preludes Book 1 – Debussy
Moments Musicaux No. 5 in D flat major – Rachmaninoff
Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14 – Rachmaninoff (Ed. R. Wallfisch)
‘The Swan’ from Carnival of the Animals – Saint-Saens
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major – Bach
‘Prelude – Fantasia’ from Suite for Solo Cello – Cassado
The Snowman Suite – Howard Blake (arr. P. Legg and A. Gout)

Doors open 1800. No admittance after 1900.

In light of recent government regulations regarding the wearing of masks and bearing in mind the increasing prevalence of the Omicron variant of Covid, we are taking the following measures to ensure the safety of our patrons, volunteers, and performers. In a recent survey, over 50% of respondents indicated that these measures would enable them to feel safe enough to attend an in-person concert at the library, and we take the safety of all of our community very seriously. In addition to the precautions

  • We ask that you attend only if you are double vaccinated, and that you bring your Covid pass either on a mobile or as a print out with you on the night
  • if you cannot provide evidence of vaccination, the results of a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test taken on the day will suffice
  • Payments are accepted online only. It is not possible to buy a ticket on the door
  • We will maintain as much social distancing as possible within the constraints of the space
  • We ask that you wear masks while seated during the concert, except while eating or drinking

By purchasing a ticket you signal that you agree to these safety measures will be bound by them.


18 December 2021
18:30 - 20:30
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Alan Carter
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