Music for Springtime

Music for Springtime

12th May 2017


St Peter's Church


The young Sheffield violinist Lucy Phillips together with Duffield-based pianist Beate Toyka will entertain you with light classical music for Springtime. Elgar's Song of the Morning and Song of the Night, Beethoven's Spring Sonata and Mendelssohn's Spring Song along with other seasonal delights will put a spring in your step. Just before the concert a traditional "May Punch" drink will be available on the terrace; you will be invited into the concert with a trumpet voluntary.

Before the concert you will be offered a glass of May Punch (or "Maibowle"!) on the beautiful St. Peter's Terrace with views across the valley, of course weather permitting. A trumpet voluntary will invite you into the foyer. As in other concerts you can buy drinks at the bar and are welcome to take these with you into the church.

The music will be a mixture of violin music, with piano accompaniment, and some piano solo items,
As well as something to sing along to!

Mendelssohn - Spring Song
Elgar - Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit
Sinding - Rustle of Spring
Beethoven - Spring Sonata (first movement)
Schubert - Impromptu B flat major, op.142 No.3
Ries - Violin Sonata (3rd movement)
Hess - Ladies in Lavender
Liszt - Un Sospiro, concert study
Beethoven - Spring Sonata (4th movement)
Grieg - To Spring (piano)

Songs: Music in May, We'll Gather Lilacs, White Cliffs of Dover
German Three Dances from Nell Gwyn

Lucy Phillips was born in Boston, Lincolnshire. In 2003 she graduated from the University of York where she studied violin with Jonathan Sparey and Simon Jones. During her time there she developed a particular interest in Baroque music and took part in a masterclass with Andrew Manze.

She went on to complete a Masters in performance at the University of Limerick with Romanian violinist Mariana Sirbu and she received coaching in chamber music from Ferenc Szücs, Bruno Giuranna and Hugh Maguire.

She then returned to York and became a founder member of York Barbican Players, a flexible chamber ensemble. During 2007 and 2008 the group had a successful concert series in St Helen's Church, York. They have also given recitals in venues in Gateshead, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield and have performed on several occasions as part of The Schubert Institute's events.

During this period she also performed concertos with York Young Soloists and Sinfonia Bucuresti in Romania.

In 2009 Lucy moved to Sheffield to develop her work as a freelance performer and teacher. She performs regularly in a number of chamber ensembles, including the newly-formed quartet Sarentino Strings. Since October 2016 Lucy has been teaching violin at the Department of Music of the University of Sheffield.

Current projects include a collaboration with organist Mark Swinton. The duo has already given recitals in Chester, Bath and Warwick and recorded a CD 'The Lark in the Chapel' in 2015. In 2017, they will premiere a piece written for them by composer David Briggs. She recently finished a cycle of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in Sheffield. Lucy also organised a charity concert in 2014 to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care which featured a performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Piano with pianist Tim Horton.

Beate Toyka is the Festival organiser and German pianist and teacher residing in nearby Duffield.

Tickets: Adults £10 · Over 60s £8 · Under 16s £1