Jennifer Pike with Martin Roscoe at The Stoller Hall

Johnny James, Managing Editor

Jennifer Pike with Martin Roscoe at The Stoller Hall, Manchester 3 December 2019 Tickets from £3.50 — Book now

Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm since she won the BBC Young Musician competition aged 12, whilst studying at Chetham’s School of Music. At The Stoller Hall she’ll perform with Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s most loved and respected pianists who is in great demand as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. The pair will present a programme which celebrates Jennifer’s Polish heritage, her love of Elgar, as well as the compositional talent of her father, Jeremy Pike.

The concert will open with a work by Grażyna Bacewicz, a Polish composer and violinist who is celebrated for her progressive style and wonderful musicianship. Her 1949 work for solo violin, Polish Capriccio, is only around two minutes in length, but it is brimming with ideas – most of them rooted in Polish folk melodies. Full of twists and turns, the piece requires impeccable virtuoso technique, thus kicking the evening off in thrilling style.

Next, we’ll hear Elgar’s Violin Sonata in E minor, which was inspired by the “wood magic” of his local Sussex woodland. One of his major contributions to the chamber music genre, it’s scored for the usual combination of violin and piano, and has three movements. The opening Allegro is characterised by anger and frustration as the music rises to the highest registers only to plunge into the depths of the lowest. The middle movement, by contrast, is full of grief and sorrow, and features some of Elgar’s most expressive writing. The finale is bright, upbeat and soothing, similar in tone to the last movement of his hugely celebrated Second Symphony. Criminally underperformed, we’re thrilled to see this wonderful sonata programmed here.

Another sonata is next, this time by Jennifer’s father, Jeremy Pike, who is Head of Composition at Chetham’s. His major commissions include Missa Brevis for Warwick University Chamber Choir, a Bassoon Concerto for Graham Salvage and the RNCM New Ensemble, and The Crossing Point, premiered by the City of London Sinfonia in November 2005. Jeremy’s Violin Concerto was written in celebration of his own 60th birthday, and was premiered by Jennifer at Lincoln Arts Centre in January 2016.

The concert will be rounded off with Miklós Rózsa’s Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song. Rózsa is best known for his film music, for which he was Oscar-nominated on thirteen separate occasions, winning three times with A Double Life, Ben Hur, and Hitchcock’s Spellbound. The composer was equally passionate, however, about music for the concert hall, and his works range across nearly every major genre. He penned his colourfully orchestrated Variations while a student at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1929. Featuring an intricate synthesis of folk idioms and classical techniques, these variations were written to be performed without a break and require some very expressive and virtuoso playing from the soloist. They are in great hands here.

From the excitement of Bacewicz’ opening Polish Capriccio to the closing challenge of Rózsa’s colourful Variations, this programme leaves Jennifer Pike plenty of room to showcase her wonderful talent at The Stoller Hall. We can’t wait.

Jennifer Pike with Martin Roscoe at The Stoller Hall, Manchester 3 December 2019 Tickets from £3.50 Book now

Where to go near Jennifer Pike with Martin Roscoe at The Stoller Hall

Virgin Red Room
Manchester
Virgin Red Room

The Virgin Red Room is a new private members space located at Manchester’s AO Arena, with VIP access to some of the city’s biggest gigs.

Manchester
Restaurant
Chish & Fips

A special kind of Japanese-inspired fish and chip shop, from the team behind the incredible (and sadly-missed) Umezushi restaurant.

Manchester
Restaurant
Kitchen In An Arch

An offshoot from the much-loved Umezushi, this specialist deli is a one-stop-shop for all your sushi making needs, and also hosts occasional workshops to improve your culinary skills.

Chetham’s Library in Long Millgate in Manchester
Manchester
Library
Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library is one of the must-sees of any visit to Manchester. The library was founded in 1653, and is the oldest public library in the world – but the building dates back even further, to 1421.

Cathedral Quarter
Place of worship
Manchester Cathedral

A regular venue for gigs and one-off cultural events, Manchester Cathedral is nevertheless a working place of worship – open all year round.

Cathedral Quarter
Restaurant
Mamucium

High-class restaurant next to Victoria Station in Manchester, and attached to Hotel Indigo. Famed for steaks.

Cathedral Gardens
Cathedral Quarter
Park
Cathedral Gardens

Cathedral Gardens is a partially lawned public space in Manchester city centre, located between Manchester Cathedral and the National Football Museum.

Manchester
Event venue
Festa Italiana

The 2022 Festa Italiana was a roaring success, with great food options and captivating live music performances throughout the weekend.

The National Football Museum Manchester
Manchester
Museum
National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is now open to the public, ready to show off its impressive array of football-related exhibits and activities.

What's on: Music

Until
ActivityManchester
DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

from £269
Until
MusicManchester
Open Deck at Band on the Wall

Bring your records for a spin at our Open Deck session this Saturday! If you’ve bought some new vinyl from a local record shop this week, just show your receipt at the bar to get yourself a free 9” pizza!

Until
MusicManchester
RNCM Summer Season 2024

Read our highlights from the RNCM Summer Season, taking in huge collaborative events, internationally acclaimed artists and family adventures.

from £8.50
Smile Star & Garter Weekend
MusicManchester
SMILE at the Star & Garter Weekend

SMILE returns to the Star & Garter at the end of June for a weekend of all-singing, all-dancing alternative anthems, celebrating the life of Andy Martin, the pub’s legendary licensee.

from £6.00

Culture Guides