Ludlow Arts: Classical

The Tenby Duo
The Tenby Duo

Saturday 18 June 2022


St Laurence, Ludlow

The Tenby Duo

Nicole Micheli: saxophone
Lucy Samuels: cello

Svante Henryson: Suite Off Piste
J.S. Bach: A selection from the Goldberg Variations, BVW988
Howard Skempton: Lullaby
and other works.

In summer 2021, Nicole Micheli and Lucy Samuels formed the Tenby Duo. This unlikely pairing of instruments came about after a chance conversation in their student house; they came across the Michael Nyman Double Concerto for saxophone and cello and realised just how well-suited their instruments are, with the timbres sounding eerily similar at times, a sound that Nyman exploits in his concerto. Nicole and Lucy made their concerto debut together on the 1 April 2022 with the RBC Symphony Orchestra.

As well as the more popular repertoire, the Tenby Duo seek to explore underperformed music, playing contemporary works by composers such as Howard Skempton and Svante Henryson. They have performed at various venues and festivals across the UK, including the Westbury Arts Festival and Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Nicole Micheli studies saxophone with Naomi Sullivan at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, supported by a scholarship. In 2022, she won the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Prize and in 2021, with the Yugen Saxophone Quartet, won the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize.

Lucy Samuels is a cellist in her fourth year of undergraduate study with Matthew Sharp at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2022, she was awarded the position of the inaugural Student-in-Residence with Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as winning the Leamington Music Prize with the FĂ©licité Piano Trio.

By kind permission of Birmingham Royal Conservatoire.

Free admission, unreserved seating, retiring collection.

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