Jiaxin Lloyd Webber cello
Cherry Ge harp
J S Bach
Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
Fantasie on themes from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin
William Lloyd Webber
Le Cygne ( the Swan)
Jiaxin’s concert in April 2018 proved a very popular addition to the festival year, so we have invited her to perform again in the lovely setting of Blockley church. This time she will be joined by harpist Cherry Ge. The concert starts at 5pm and will last for approximately one hour with no interval. It is the same day as the Blockley open gardens, so you may wish to arrive earlier in the day and enjoy some of the beautiful gardens before coming to the concert.
Jiaxin Lloyd Webber graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1997. She was already giving performances with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra but left China for further studies in New Zealand where she received her Master Degree at Auckland University in 2001. While in New Zealand Jiaxin was principal cello of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, a founder member of the Aroha String Quartet and played regularly with both the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. With the Auckland Symphony Orchestra she performed cello concertos by Dvorak, Elgar and Lalo. Now resident in the UK, Jiaxin is married to the world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and has performed with Julian for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, CNN Global TV, and BBC TV. They have recorded for Universal Classics and Naxos. Their recordings have been chosen as Record of the Month by both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and as CD of the Week by both Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. Their 2013 recording, ‘A Tale of Two Cellos’ was the Number One UK classical album for many weeks and is one of the Naxos label’s bestselling recordings of all time. Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber have played sell-out tours with such orchestra as the English Chamber Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra and have made many nationwide TV and Radio appearances on such high profile programmes as BBC Breakfast, The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4 Midweek.
Born in Singapore, Cherry Ge started the piano aged 4, with the harp following a year later. At the age of 8, she was a finalist in the 2009 Thailand International Harp competition, winning a special award for the Youngest Harpist in the Under 16 Category, and also gave a performance on both harp and piano for achieving the highest national score in her respective ABRSM exams in Singapore. The following year, she achieved First Prize in the Under 15 category at the 2010 Malaysia- Singapore Harp competition. In 2011, the same year she joined the Purcell School, she won 1st Prize in Category A at the Young Pianist of the North International Competition in Newcastle. e next year, she was awarded the Finalist 1st Prize of Category B along with the special prize; ‘Citta di Taurisano’, at the 12th European Grand Prize of Music, in Taurisano, Italy. Cherry has since won numerous First Prizes in Bromley, Beckenham and North London Music Festivals, and in 2014, was awarded the Beckenham Young Musician of the Year Prize and the Tom and Pat Sowerby award. In 2016, she had the fantastic opportunity to showcase the harp through an episode of the CBeebies ‘Melody and Friends’ programme. At present, Cherry performs regularly both as a soloist and as part of chamber ensembles. Winning most of her school’s internal competitions in both harp and piano have also granted her opportunities to perform in venues like the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room, amongst others. In March 2019, she will be playing a concerto in the Cadogan Hall as a result of achieving First Prize in the Purcell School Senior concerto competition. Her dedication to orchestral music-making has seen her as Principal harp in the National Youth Orchestra, Barbican Youth orchestra, London School Symphony Orchestra, and the National Children Orchestra. She is presently Principal harp of the Purcell School Orchestra. Cherry currently studies in the Purcell School, where she is generously supported by the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, and is joint first-study in both piano and harp under her respective teachers, Christopher Elton and Charlotte Seale. She also pursues singing with Jill Washington, and finds the three disciplines mutually enriching.
Unreserved £10, Students £1