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A special concert to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Katherine Bryer (oboe), Rory Carver (tenor) & Irena Radić (piano)

Thursday 1 December 2022, 1pm, Howden Minster

Free admission with retiring donations

Booking recommended

This concert is kindly sponsored by:

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Britten  Winter Words  (Tenor and Piano)

Britten  Notturno  (Piano)

Ruth Gipps  Sea-Shore Suite Op.3b  (Oboe and Piano)

Vaughan Williams  Ten Blake Songs  (Tenor and Oboe)

Vaughan Williams  Linden Lea  (Tenor and Piano)



Royal Academy of Music graduate Katherine Bryer enjoys a varied career working as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician with a variety of ensembles throughout the UK. She has recently been appointed as Sub-Principal Oboe with Scottish Chamber Orchestra and will be taking up her position in the summer of 2022. During Katherine’s time living in London she has held trials and appeared with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, and Birmingham Royal Ballet.


A keen chamber musician, Katherine dedicates much of her time to small ensemble projects. In 2018 she was selected as a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist and through this she has enjoyed performing as both a soloist and with duo partner Irena Radić. Katherine enjoys the freedom of programming that comes with chamber music collaborations, and over the years she has been discovering more obscure and neglected pieces to add to her repertoire and bring to audiences. Her interest in performing new and unheard works has led to working with specialist contemporary music group, Explore Ensemble, and renowned Scottish chamber group, Hebrides Ensemble, in festivals taking her from Orkney to the Netherlands. Recent highlights for Katherine over the last year have included performances at the Glyndebourne Festival, the BBC Proms, the St Magnus International Festival, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

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Rory Carver is gaining a reputation as a vivid interpreter of opera, oratorio and song repertoire. He was a member of Les Arts Florissants’ young artist programme Le Jardin des Voix, a Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist, a competitor in the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition and a finalist in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, following his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music as a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds scholar. He has worked closely with conductors William Christie, Paul Agnew, John Eliot Gardiner, and Lionel Meunier, on stages including Theater an der Wien; L'Opéra Royal, Versailles; and Teatro Real, Madrid. 


After performing the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the Brighton Early Music Festival, Rory set up the ensemble Dramma per Musica with gambist Harry Buckoke and theorbist Jonatan Bougt to further explore early 17th century Italian monody and English cavalier songs, and recently made his recording début as First Augur/Second Priest in John Eccles' Semele with Cambridge Handel Opera Company and the Academy of Ancient Music. This coming season will see Rory perform two of Rameau's title roles, Pygmalion and Castor. Rory's recent engagements have included arias in Bach's St John Passion for Oxford Bach Soloists; performances of Purcell's King Arthur in Madrid, Barcelona, and Lyon with Vox Luminis; and Mozart's Requiem with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Agnew.

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A prize-winning pianist and versatile chamber musician, Irena Radić works with a diverse range of ensembles, performing a rich variety of repertoire across the UK and abroad. She regularly works with musicians including Katherine Bryer (oboe), Rory Carver (tenor), Sirius Chau (flute), Martin James Bartlett (piano), David López Ibañez (violin) and Deni Teo (cello). With Swedish Guitarist Jonatan Bougt she also creates new own arrangements for their Guitar & Piano Duo, including works by Shostakovich and Ravel.

Irena is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Niel Immelman and Dina Parakhina as a Cotes-Burgan Scholar. Prior to that she attended the RCM’s Junior Department where she studied with Lynette Stulting, supported by the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust. Irena was a finalist in the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition 2018 and won second prize in the RCM’s Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition 2018. As a recipient of the John Mortimer Award, she was selected as a Philharmonia MMSF Piano Fellow 2018-19, and was a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award Holder 2018. She is also grateful to have received support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Hilda Martindale Educational Trust and the St Marylebone Educational Foundation.

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