Saturday 19th October in St Mary's Church at 7.30pm


Fatima Lahham recorders

Elin White baroque violin

Florence Petit baroque cello

Johan Löfving baroque guitar & theorbo

Programme (subject to change)

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)  Trio Sonata in C minor HWV 386a
Marco Uccellini (1603/10-1680)   Sonata Quarta Decima from Ozio Regio, Op. 7 
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)  Concerto in D major R V 84
C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788)
  Duetto H. 598
G.P . Telemann (1681-1767) Trio Sonata in A minor TWV42:a4


Improviso is a dynamic quartet of young players who met at the Royal College of Music in London and have been exploring historically informed improvisation and 17-18th century chamber music together since March 2017. Since then some highlights have included performances at St James's Piccadilly, the Wigmore Hall (as one of the Hall's Chamber Tots ensembles), the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, the Brighton Early Music Festival and in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme. 
In 2018 they enjoyed two residencies, at Snape Maltings and at the Cultural Centre in Ambronay, France, as well as performing in Pavia, Italy, as part of Ghislierimusica’s Barocco Fuori festival, in the Utrecht Early Music Festival as semi-finalists in the International van Wassenaer Competition 2018 and in the Festival d'Ambronay, France. In December 2018 they embarked on a mini tour of their new Christmas programme, taking it to the York Christmas Early Music Festival and to venues in Oxford, Cambridge, and London. Improviso was selected as a beneficiary of the EEEmerging project 2017-2018 (Emerging European Ensembles), awarded Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artists 2017-2018; its members are currently Live Music Now artists and were selected for the Stroud Green Festival’s Young Ensemble Scheme. 
In 2019, Improviso looks forward to a busy performing schedule in the UK and abroad, including concerts at St Martin's in the Fields, St James' Church Piccadilly, the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square, the Buxton Festival, and the Brighton Early Music Festival.

Born in Oxford in 1993,
Fatima Lahham is a freelance musician based in the UK. She studied at Magdalen College, Oxford University and at the Royal College of Music, and currently enjoys a freelance career as a recorder player with Improviso, which is one of Creative Europe’s Emerging European Ensembles and has recently performed at the Wigmore Hall, Brighton Early Music Festival and live on BBC Radio 3. Alongside performing, Fatima teaches privately at a number of schools and in the Royal College of Music’s Historical Performance faculty. Fatima is currently a PhD student at Cambridge University where she is researching the roles of rhetoric and memory in seventeenth-century improvisation practices, generously supported by a DTP AHRC studentship.

Elin White
grew up in Gloucestershire, studying with Michael Bochmann before going to the Royal College of Music in 2010 where she studied with Dona Lee Croft, Kathron Sturrock, Lucy Russell and Berent Korfker, whilst also fortunate to work with Ashley Solomon, Christopher Hogwood, Vittorio Ghielmi and Sir Roger Norrington. As a soloist and chamber musician, Elin performs around the country and has appeared in the London Handel Festival, the London Festival of Baroque Music, the Edinburgh Festival, and in several concerts on tour in Italy. In 2013 she was selected to perform in the international ‘Misiones de Chiquitos’ festival in Bolivia, was subsequently invited to play with the critically acclaimed choir Arakaendar Bolivia on their tour of the USA and returned to Bolivia last spring for the 2016 festival. Elin plays regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music, La Serenissima and Florilegium, including at the Three Choirs Festival, Beverley Early Music Festival, St Magnus International Festival, the BBC Proms, the Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place, and the Wigmore Hall. She also appeared in the West End production of ‘Farinelli & the King’.

Franco-British cellist
Florence Petit is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, being awarded her Bachelors and Masters Degrees with First Class Honours and Distinction respectively. Florence studied modern cello with Alexander Chaushian and Alexander Boyarsky and throughout her studies developed a strong interest in the baroque cello, studying with Richard Tunnicliffe. She has participated in numerous master classes and has received coaching from Jonathan Manson, Ashley Solomon and Adrian Butterfield, amongst others. Florence has played at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Handel Festival, Hatchlands Park, Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Queen’s Gallery. She has recorded for the Royal Collection Trust’s exhibition Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer and has worked with Florilegium, the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists and the English Concert.

Since being a prize-winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition,
Johan Löfving has established himself as an exciting young performer on both guitar and theorbo. Solo recitals have taken him to some of the finest halls in Britain such as Kings Place and The Sage Gateshead as well as celebrated chamber music festivals such as Spitalfields, Cambridge, King's Lynn, Stratford-on-Avon and the Brighton Early Music Festival. In Austria, he has performed at the MuTh-Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna and the Carinthischer Sommer Festival. After graduating with First Class honours at the Royal College of Music in London, Johan completed his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he studied guitar with Prof. Robert Wolff and theorbo with Prof. Hans Brüderl, graduating with distinction.

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