19th February 2015

The Florin Ensemble
play Messiaen's uniquely moving masterpiece

Photo of Marcus Farnsworth by Benjamin ealovega



Charles Mutter violin
Catherine Rimer cello
with

Timothy Lines clarinet
Alison Procter piano

Brahms: Clarinet Trio op. 114
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano op. 24 (The Spring)
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

We last heard from the Florin in 2013 and are delighted to welcome them back. Their eclectic programme includes Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, written in a concentration camp in the Second World War.
In view of the connotations of this piece, we are dedicating this concert to our President, Sir Nicholas Winton, and his achievements of saving hundreds of children during that conflict.

Pic of Charles MutterCharles Mutter

Charles Mutter (violin) was born in 1970, in Sussex. He studied with Anthony Stevenson, Andrew Sherwood, Kenneth Piper (while a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM), David Takeno (while at Jesus College, Cambridge) and Simon Fischer.

After working in London with such ground-breaking groups as the Kreisler String Orchestra, the Smith Quartet and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Charles moved to Scotland. His work as leader of the Edinburgh Quartet attracted much critical acclaim (including a Gramophone "Editor's Choice" for their recordings of Hans Gál) and it was at this time that he became artistic director of the Loch Shiel Spring Festival, featured on BBC2's "Culture Show" and regularly on Radio Scotland.

Charles moved back to London in 2007 to take up the post of Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has led the orchestra for many of their highest-profile activities, notably Nigel Kennedy's triumphant return to the Proms in 2008 and BBC2's "Maestro" series, and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in works by Beethoven, Bruch, Dvorak, Nico Muhly and Kurt Weill. He is also much in demand elsewhere as a guest leader (Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and session musician.

Charles plays on a violin made for him in 2007 by the brilliant young German luthier, Stephan Von Baehr.

Pic Of Catherine RimerCatherine Rimer

Catherine Rimer (cello) was born and raised in the North East and studied with Emma Ferrand (R.N.C.M.), Alexander Baillie (R.A.M.), Steven Doane (Eastman School, N.Y.) and with Steven Isserlis at Prussia Cove. As an undergraduate she had inspiring chamber coaching from Eli Goren, William Pleeth and the Amadeus, Bartók and Smetena Quartets while as a postgraduate in the U.S. she pursued a new interest in historical performance practice with Paul O'Dette and Malcolm Bilson.

Since 1996 she has been a member of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (on projects from Purcell to Stravinsky, including the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage) and also of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (playing continuo at Glyndebourne and the BBC Proms). With these groups she performs internationally and has recorded many choral and orchestral masterpieces of the 18th-19th centuries. Guest continuo work includes Avison Ensemble, Dunedin Consort, English Concert, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Nicola Benedetti's Italia disc) and English National Opera (Medea).

Chamber music has always featured strongly - she was acting cellist of the Skampa Quartet on major tours - and she has performed classical concerti on period instruments. Catherine currently teaches at the Royal College of Music and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

She plays a William Forster Snr. cello, made on St. Martin's Lane, London c. 1780.

Pic of Timothy Linges Timothy Lines

Tim Lines studied at the Royal College of Music with Michael Collins and now enjoys a wide-ranging career as a clarinettist. He has played with all the major symphony orchestras in London as well as with chamber groups including London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble.

From 1999 to 2003 he was principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra and was also chairman of the orchestra during his last year there. In September 2004 he was appointed section leader clarinet of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until January 2006, when he left to focus on his freelance career.

He plays on original instruments with the English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is also frequently engaged to record film music and pop music tracks. Much in demand as a teacher, Timothy is professor of clarinet at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.

Pic of Alison ProcterAlison Procter

British pianist Alison Procter began piano lessons at the age of six having heard a friend playing at a birthday party. By the age of fourteen she had decided not only that she wanted to pursue music as a career, but specifically that she wanted to become an accompanist. After two years as a scholarship holder at Wells Cathedral School studying with Hilary Coates she gained an entrance scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied piano with Christopher Elton and accompaniment with John Streets, Michael Dussek and subsequently with Gordon Back Alison has since been awarded many prizes for chamber music playing including the Ivan Sutton Award from the Young Musicians' Recording Thist, a bursary from the Craxton Trust and both the Liza Fuchsova Prize and the Accompanists' Award from the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.

Whilst freelancing in London she acted regularly as official audition accompanist for the Philharmonia, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Craxton Trast and the National Youth Orchestra, which appointed her Principal Accompanist in 2005. In September 2007 she was also one of the official accompanists for the ARD Musikwettbewerb München. As a chamber pianist she has worked with some of Europe's most distinguished instrumentalists including Jonathan Kelly (solo oboe, Berlin Philharmonic), John Wallace (trumpet), Christopher Warren-Green (former leader, Philharmonia), David Pyatt (principal horn, London Symphony Orchestra), Natalie Clein (cello) and Matthew Trusler (violin) as well as several members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra including Wilfried Hedenborg (violin) and Thomas Jöbsti (horn).

She has a particulary special professional relationship with her husband Ian Bousfield, former principal trombone with the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom she moved to Vienna in September 2000 when he was appointed solo trombone of the Vienna Prnlharmonic Orchestra. They have been working together now for over fifteen years, during which time they have given recitals and masterclasses at most of Britain's music schools and colleges and continue to perform regularly throughout Europe, Japan and the USA Their first CD "Trombone Recital" was released by EMI in April 1997 and their most recent recording is a collection of French repertoire for trombone and piano available on the Camerata label.

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http://www.florinensemble.co.uk/Florin_Home.html
http://www.florinensemble.co.uk/Site/Charles_Mutter.html http://www.florinensemble.co.uk/Site/Catherine_Rimer.html
http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/company/orchestra/piano/elison_prokter/