Saturday, 13 June 2009, Louise Winter and Peryn Clement-Evans, St Johns, £10, £8 conc

Louise Winter (mezzo-soprano; inter-national opera scene), Peryn Clement-Evans (clarinet; Director Ensemble Cymru) and Benjamin Powell (pianist; RNCM). Vocal & instrumental solos, duos & trios including Schubert’s ‘Shepherd on the Rock’, & works by Mozart, Spohr et al...

Born in Preston, Lancashire, Louise Winter trained at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, as a pupil of Frederic Cox. Her opera career began at Glyndebourne and has since taken her from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to the opera houses of Toronto, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona and English National Opera, in roles including Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Pauline Pique Dame, Diana La Calisto, Marguerite La Damnation de Faust, Sextus La Clemenza di Tito, Beatrice Beatrice and Benedict, and the title roles in Xerxes and Carmen. She performed her first Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts and her first Brangäne at the Frankfurt Opera.

Louise Winter's concert engagements include appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Davis and Slatkin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Rattle and Oramo, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Daniel, the Sydney Symphony under de Waart, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Slatkin, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sinaisky, the Halle Orchestra with Elder, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Dutoit. Recent concert engagements have included the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Gansch and Alsop, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Oramo, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Davis, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra under Slatkin, and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Mackerras.
Louise has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, at the Theatre du Châtelet, Paris, the Bath, Belfast and City of London Festivals and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Her engagements include Venus Tannhäuser in Frankfurt, Dido and Aeneas in London and performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Carlo Rizzi in Spain.

Peryn Clement-Evans
Artistic Director and Clarinet of Ensemble Cymru. Peryn was a student at the Royal Northern College of Music and subsequently at Rotterdam’s Conservatorium with the Belgian international soloist, Walter Boeykens. He was also awarded scholarships to attend the American Conservatoire in Fontainebleau, France. Between 1993 and 1999, Peryn was a Llangollen International Eisteddfod Young Instrumentalist of the Year winner, and was short-listed for positions of principal clarinet with Scottish Opera and clarinettist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of his work with the pianist Harvey Davies, to promote the work of Welsh composers in Britain, Peryn has premièred a number of works by Hoddinott, Jeffrey Lewis, Painter, and Metcalf. He was the guest adjudicator at the Patagonia Eisteddfod in October 1999. Peryn was principal clarinet with London City Opera on their three-month tour of U.S.A. in 2001. He is the clarinet tutor of University of Wales, Bangor and lives in Bangor

Benjamin Powell performs across the UK and abroad both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and gives regular concerts of contemporary music. He studied in Manchester and Cologne with Carole Presland, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alexander Melnikov. He currently lives in Manchester, and is a staff pianist at the RNCM. The Powell Trio, which he formed with Oliver Heath and Christopher Murray, are Young Artists in Residence at Salford University. Benjamin is very involved in music education, teaching piano at the Junior RNCM, for Yorkshire Young Musicians and privately.