The Festival is back in May 2018!
The Belsize Music Festival is organised by noted
Belsize Park musicians, Ian Jewel & Carol Slater
Carol Slater was scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music where she won the School of Violin Prize and performed the Dvorak Concerto. She was awarded a British Council Scholarship and studied with Max Rostal at the Berne Konservatorium where she gained her Solisten Diploma.
Carol has given recitals on the South Bank and at the Wigmore Hall. She has performed many concertos including those by Beethoven, Mendelssohn Brahms and Bartok. She has recorded ten sonatas and solo pieces for the BBC. Abroad she has recorded for Radio Beromunster and for the ABC in Australia during her concert tour there.
Carol has also given solo performances in Spain and in the USA. She has taught at the Junior Ryal Academy of Music and the Purcell Specialist Music School for many years.usic Festival, Belsize Village, NW3
Ian Jewel studied at the Royal College of Music with Cecil Aronowitz and in Italy with Bruno Giuranna. For thirty years he was the violist of the Gabrieli String Quartet.
He has played many concertos including the Rubbra Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Walton, Bartok, Harold in Italy and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Carol Slater. Ian has performed the Brahms Eb sonata on BBC tv and recorded the Brahms songs. He recorded Britten’s Lachrymae for the BBC after playing it to the composer. With Murray Perahia he played Schumann’s Marchebilder at the Aldeburgh Festival.
His CD with pianist Ian Brown was very well received. Well known as a teacher, he was Head of Strings at the Purcell School, where he still teaches, and is Professor at the RCM. Belsize Festival, Belsize Music Festival, Belsize Village, NW3
Pal Banda was born into a musical family in Budapest. At the Franz Liszt Academy of Music he studied with his father, Ede Banda as well as György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. A British council Scholarship took him to Prussia Cove where he had further studies with Ralph Kirshbaum.
Pal plays on a cello that was once owned by the Eszterházy family.
Pal teaches at the Purcell School and has given master classes in the USA, Greece, Singapore, France, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Hungary and England and was one of the directors of the Paxos International Festival from 1999-2004. He is also regularly invited as an adjudicator.
In 2012 he became the cellist of the English Piano Trio. Belsize Festival, Belsize Music Festival, Belsize Village, NW3
Ian Brown’s career embraces chamber music, solo playing and conducting.
As soloist he has appeared with many leading British orchestras and at the Proms. He is the pianist of the Nash ensemble and during this long association he has recorded a large repertoire of chamber music. He is also in demand as a Duo player having worked with many musicians including Rostropovich, Vengerov, Szeryng and Felicity Lott.
In recent years he has worked as a conductor in this country and in Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. He has conducted the Philharmonia, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis as soloists.
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Most musicianly singer Brigitte Beraha performs as both ‘sideman’ and as a leader in an ever-expanding range of projects, from straight ahead jazz- singing jazz standard songs with lyrics, to more contemporary outlets- using her voice as an instrument.
Brigitte is now recognized as one of the most versatile and exciting vocalists on the UK jazz scene. As well as performing and recording with many jazz legends, including Kenny Wheeler, Chris Laurence, Paul Clarvis, Stuart Hall, Martin France, John Parricelli, Bobby Wellins and Henry Lowther she is closely involved in the work of the new generation of jazz musicians and in particular the Loop and E17 jazz collectives. Drawing comparisons with such luminaries as Norma Winstone, Flora Purim and Tania Maria, she has forged her own, very individual voice. With five albums to her credit, her latest album with Babelfish 'Chasing Rainbows' has received rave reviews and a debut album with super group Solstice (featuring Tori Freestone,John Turville, Jez Franks,Dave Manington & George Hart) 'Alimentation' has also just been released on Two Rivers Records.
An experienced educator, Brigitte leads jazz workshops and teaches at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and the Welsh College of Music & Drama. She has performed and led workshops in the United States, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Turkey, Nepal and the UK.
Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as “one of the most creative musicians of his generation.”
Born in East Yorkshire he started playing the piano at the age of five and
In 2000 moved to study jazz at Leeds College of Music where he was awarded the prize for outstanding performance on the BA Hons. programme.
During his time in Leeds he played with Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland and Soweto Kinch and was a first call sideman for visiting artists.
Rob moved to London in 2004 to further his studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining an Mmus with distinction in Music Performance.
Since graduating Rob has been a mainstay of the jazz and studio scene in London.
He has also regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.
Rob released his first album as a leader in 2016 – “What’s in Store” to critical acclaim and performed a sell out show at the London Jazz Festival.
As a session musician, Rob has performed live with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ulster Orchestra, Damon Albarn, Paloma Faith, Mari Wilson, Bryan Adams and Ladysmith Black Mambazo as well as in the house band for many TV shows for the BBC.
In the studio Rob has played on several film soundtracks including Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and “The Son of The Sheik” with music written by Carl Davis as well as TV series “Ethel and Ernest” “Peaky Blinders” and a new children’s animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes.”
Carol cut her teeth on open mic nights in London, at the Spice of Life, the Polish Club and at the Nelson and Vortex Jazz clubs where she was invited to give Showcase sets, singing with great musicians: Joe Stilgoe, Barry Green, Bob Stuckey, Gabriel Keen and Rob Baron and more.
She has studied with outstanding vocal artists: Anita Wardell, Brigitte Beraha, and Clare Foster. Taking her inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen Mcrea, Sarah Vaughan and Cleo Laine, Carol’s repertoire features many of their songs.