Speranza, Music of Hope – Lunchtime Recital

Speranza join us for their debut lunchtime recital at the New Room.

Lunchtime recitals are free with a retiring collection.

Speranza was founded in Moscow in 2007. It developed from the work of the Christian charity Crescendo and was designed as a flexible chamber group performing in a wide variety of venues. It has since relocated to the UK and has performed a wide range of concerts featuring flute, cello, piano and other instruments.

Kath Sugden BMus, PGCE, LTCL studied music at Cardiff University. Having taught for a number of years, she moved to Russia and set up Crescendo, working mostly with conservatoire students across Russia. There she studied with Valentina Daktyrova at the Gnesin Academy. She has performed in venues across Europe and is particularly interested in music from the 20th Century.

Charles Sugden studied history at Cambridge though he was formerly a music scholar at Radley College. Having started as a flautist, he has since developed as a cellist, which he plays most often at Speranza concerts. As well as being a performing musician, Charles is also the chaplain of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Natalya Brazhnikova is a piano accompanist and teacher of chamber music in Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow.

Peter Gilks is a rector in Andover. Before ordination he trained as a musician at Nottingham University, specialising in organ and piano. In the intervening years he has gained quite a lot of keyboard experience mainly as an accompanist, performing with choral societies and individuals in a variety of venues from pubs to cathedrals.

Julian Williams
Julian started playing the piano at the age of 6 and the clarinet at the age of 10. He served in both the Somerset and the National Youth Orchestras as clarinettist. Julian studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he developed his gift of composition. Julian is rector at Nursling and Rownhams Churches. He is an avid cyclist and Francophile and has recently returned from a strenuous tour of the Massif Central.

Cathy Mathews
Cathy graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in her native Manchester. She was a member of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, a 1st violin in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and then a member of the BBC Radio Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has also freelanced extensively in and around London. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys playing chamber music, is a leader in her local church and going for walks in the Meon Valley. She has also recently discovered the delights of cruising!

John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

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