London Bach Society presents 18-30 Bach Club @ China Exchange
Join London Bach Society (LBS) at China Exchange for a special Chinatown edition of their 18-30 Bach Club, a club tradition of bringing together exciting musicians, guest artists and an audience predominantly under 30 for informal concerts.
Part of the LBS’s 2016 Bachfest, this evening concert of performances by rising stars including the outstanding pianist, Ke Ma serves as the next meeting of the 18-30 Bach Club. Those over 30 are not excluded but will need to pay £12 for their tickets!
Watch this space for the artists and programme on this year’s bill. All tickets must be booked – even the free ones – so be sure to get yours early.
Ke Ma – Pianist
Born in China in 1994, Ke is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Christopher Elton doing a Master degree. She was introduced to the piano at the age of three by her grandfather and father, and quickly reached an accomplished level; at five years old she won second prize at the prestigious Xiwangbei piano competition in Beijing and subsequently went on to study with Professor Zhong Hui. In 2006, she began studies with Professor Galina Popova in the Xinghai Conservatory of Music.
Most recently, Ke won the first prize in the 18th Concours International de Piano de la ville de Maisons-Laffitte, in France. She has won several prizes including the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize and the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Fund. In 2015 she received the Prince’s Prize from the Musicians’ Company. Last year, Ke made her duo debut recital alongside British violist Timothy Ridout in Wigmore Hall, supported by Kirckman Concert Society. She is most generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Edward Mandel Bursary, Mr John Burgess, the Steinway & Sons Scholarship, the Ian Fleming Award from Help Musician UK Postgraduate Award 2016/2017, the Tillett Trust and Music scholarship from Liechtenstein Music Academy. Learn more about Ke Ma.
Tabea Debus – Recorder
German-born recorder player Tabea Debus is currently Meaker Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music. Her distinguished teachers include Dorothée Oberlinger and Pamela Thorby with whom she completed her Master of Music in 2016. A 2016 City Music Foundation Artist, Tabea was selected as St John’s Smith Square Young Artist in 2015/16 and will join the Handel House Talent Scheme in 2016/17.
Performances have taken her to renowned concert halls including the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Tonhalle Zurich and Wigmore Hall. Tabea has appeared at festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, London Festival of Baroque Music, and York Early Music Festival, and in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. She has performed with Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings and Dunedin Consort and has recently appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and the BBC Early Music Show. Her latest recording “Cantata per Flauto” was released in April 2016. Learn more here.
Oliver Pooley – Percussionist
Based in London and a keen orchestral musician, he has performed with a number of professional orchestras, and is currently on trial with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He took up the position of Principal Timpanist of the Britten-Pears Orchestra for the duration of 2014, participated in the prestigious LSO St Luke's Academy, and has also performed with ensembles including the Multi-Story Orchestra, Howard Goodall Orchestra and Orpheus Sinfonia. As a chamber musician, Oliver is the percussionist in Ensemble x.y, specialising in contemporary music, and has played with worldwide soloist Colin Currie at the Southbank Centre. Also comfortable as a soloist, he has given concerto performances at the RNCM, as well as recitals in prestigious venues around the country. Furthermore Oliver is now playing on the UK Tour of Mary Poppins: The Musical, as well as performing regularly with his band "The Maida Vales" and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Rainey Qualley. Learn more about Oliver, here.
About London Bach Society: The UK’s premier Bach Society is celebrating its 70th Anniversary in November 2016. China Exchange founder Sir David Tang is President.