St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Chiswick, W4 2PJ. Sunday 18th August 2024 – 3pm Summer Celebration Concert followed by Cream Tea in the Vicarage Garden.

Robert Finegan, Saxophone accompanied by Joanna Kacperek, piano.

Programme – ‘American in Paris’

With music by Ravel, Lange, Gershwin and Boulanger.

Concert only tickets £10 on the door, Concert and Cream Tea £20 must be booked on Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-celebration-concert-tickets-944186135147?aff=oddtdtcreator

All Profits from this concert will go to the Church Development Fund.

Queries: stnicksconcerts@gmail.com.

Robert Finegan – Saxophone

Described as “One of the most exciting Irish saxophone players in a generation”, Robert Finegan is an award-winning saxophonist based in London.

Passionate about new music, Robert works closely with composers from around the world in the production of new works. His most recent projects include ‘A Modern View of Ancient Ireland’ for Saxophone and Electronics, and ‘Paris Chapters’ for Voice, Saxophone and Piano inspired by Irish writers who lived in Paris. These original projects have culminated in performances across Europe.

An avid soloist and chamber musician, Robert has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Guildhall, Derry, and Milton Court Concert Hall. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the DIT Symphony Orchestra, Irish Films and Pops Orchestra and RCM Wind Ensemble.

In 2021, Robert completed his Master of Performance degree with Distinction at the Royal College of Music, London, where he was a Dr Michael West Scholar. He previously earned his Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from TU Dublin Conservatoire, receiving the McNamara Gold Medal for Excellence in his final year performance.

www.robertfinegan.com

Joanna Kacperek – Piano

Joanna Kacperek is highly celebrated for being a multi-faceted pianist, both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. She has performed in major concert halls in her native Poland as well as in Europe, Canada and Japan. Concerto appearances include performances with such orchestras as the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw and the Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra. Recent performances include recitals in Oxford, London, Barcelona (LIFE Victoria Festival), and Festival de La Gente in France. Joanna’s debut solo album will be released in September this year with Rubicon Classics label.

Joanna was a finalist at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in London (2022). Other awards include the Titanic Memoriam Pianist Prize at the Lies Askonas Vocal Competition, a special prize at the International Grieg Piano Competition in Bergen, the first prize at the International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition,sUMM Poland, The Zetland and the C.Bechstein Foundation scholarships (Royal College of Music – 2021), the Erasmus scholarship (Berlin University of Arts’ with Prof. Markus Groh) and first prizes at competitions: ‘F.Chopin’ Szafarnia, the ‘B.Smetana’ in Pilsen and the ‘M.Magin’ Paris.

Joanna has been an ‘Oxford Song Young Artist’ with Clara Barbier Serrano (2022-2024). Their duo has also recently won the Lied Innovation prize of the Rhonefestival fűr Liedkunst in Switzerland and qualified for the prestigious Wigmore Hall International Song Competition 2024.

www.joannakacperek.com