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Monday 20 November 2023 at 7:30 pm at the OSO, Barnes
Come Dancing: Sicilienne to Tango!
Emma Halnan    flute
Jack Hancher    guitar




Bach    Sonata in E, BWV.1035

Fauré    Sicilienne, Op.78

David Matthews    Dance for Emma

Piazzolla    Histoire du Tango

Giuliani    Gran duetto concertante, Op.52

Castelnuovo-Tedesco    Sonatina, Op.205

Emma Halnan first came to prominence as the woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. She has since appeared at major venues worldwide, and has performed concertos with orchestras such as the London Mozart Players and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” on multiple occasions. Emma won the Sussex Prize for Woodwind in the Royal Overseas League Competition 2019, and was selected as a “Making Music” Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-20. Emma also won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016, in association with Classic FM.

Emma has freelanced with orchestras including the London Mozart Players, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and English National Opera. She was principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014-16. In recital, Emma has performed at venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Hertfordshire Festival of Music, Gower Festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival, St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), and the “La Côte” International Flute Festival 2016.

Emma is also a highly reputed and very dedicated teacher. She teaches privately, at the University of Cambridge, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She has recently been invited to give a masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music, and also to teach at the international Oxford Flute Summer School.

Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill, and previously with Anna Pope at the Purcell School of Music. She later studied privately with Robert Winn.

Emma holds both British and Irish passports. 

Described by Gendai Guitar Magazine as a “poet and a painter, colouring sounds out of the guitar as if his imagination and the guitar were one”, Jack Hancher is a rising star of the classical guitar. In 2022, he won the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Overseas League Competition, becoming just the third guitarist to win the award. This was preceded in 2021 by a tour of several European Guitar Festivals as a EuroStrings Artist.

In 2020, Jack won a string of awards at various guitar competitions, including First Prize at both the Zagreb Guitar Festival Competition and the Plovdiv GuitArt Festival Competition and in 2021, he was awarded Second Prize at the Altamira International Guitar Competition. In 2017, he was accepted onto the International Guitar Foundation (IGF) Young Artists Platform and performed at the IGF London Guitar Festival at Kings Place, London in October that year.

In 2018, Jack performed at Wigmore Hall, London, playing his arrangements of Albeniz’s piano music and later that year, performed at the Cheltenham Contemporary Arts Festival with music by Arnold, Britten and Dowland. He completed his Master in Performance at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London in 2018 where he studied with Gary Ryan and Chris Stell and won the RCM Guitar Award 2014 while still in his second year as an undergraduate.

Jack has performed across Europe in venues such as the Großer Ehrbar Saal, Vienna and St David’s Hall, Cardiff and has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Jack has also given Masterclasses at Conservatoires around Europe, including at the Royal College of Music, London and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Jack is an Augustine Strings Artist.

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