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

Timothy Lines clarinet
Maksim Stsura 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 in 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 LingesTimothy 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.

Maxim Stsura

Pic ofMaxin Stsura Maksim was born in Estonia and began playing the piano at the age of six. He received his Master of Music from the Royal College of Music in 2013, studying under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and is continuing now on the Artist Diploma course.

He received his Bachelor of Arts at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Ivari Ilja. In 2008-09, he participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, where he worked with Volker Banfield.

In 2008 Maksim was awarded a scholarship for participating in the International Holland Music Sessions Summer Academy. His Masters studies were generously supported by a Somers-Mountfort scholarship, the AHRC Study Award, the Estonian Capital of Culture Study Award and the Kristjan Jaak Scholarship.

Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia.