Listen and learn: Jonathan Radford and Christine Zerafa

Jonathan Radford and Christine ZerafaJonathan Radford and Christine Zerafa

In the ninth of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of the Redbridge Music Society and introduces us to Jonathan Radford and Christine Zerafa, who will perform at Wanstead Library this month.

This month, in the Churchill Room at Wanstead Library, Redbridge Music Society continues its programme of supporting up-and-coming musicians with a recital given by award-winning young saxophonist Jonathan Radford accompanied by Christine Zerafa on piano.

Jonathan studied initially at Chetham's School of Music and then continued his musical education at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique de Paris (CNSM), becoming the first British saxophonist to enter Claude Delangle's world-famous saxophone class. He recently completed a Masters degree in both saxophone and chamber music at CNSM with distinction, and is currently continuing his studies with Kyle Horch at the Royal College of Music.

Jonathan has performed throughout Europe at prestigious venues, such as the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, Grieg Hall and the Philharmonie de Paris. He is a keen promoter of contemporary music, has collaborated with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music and has premiered works by Betsy Jolas and Luis Naon. He is passionate about chamber music and co-founded the Yendon Quartet, a saxophone group that has broadcast on Radio France. The group has also recently released its first CD, Utopico. Jonathan has received awards from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, The Musicians' Company and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He is a Help Musicians Ian Fleming Award holder, a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist, a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist and a Vandoren Paris Artist.

Based in London, Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues in Malta, the USA and across the UK, including all major London venues. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and has been the recipient of many awards. Christine has Master of Music degrees in solo performance and in piano accompaniment (distinction), and is currently undertaking a PhD in performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is focusing on her role as a collaborative pianist via a number of projects. Christine has been kindly supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship and the BOV Joseph Calleja and Janatha Stubbs Foundations; she has a Silverstone Bursary and a Gilling Family Scholarship.

Jonathan and Christine will be performing a diverse variety of items from their wide repertoire, including works by familiar composers such as Debussy and Rachmaninov, and by more specialist composers for saxophone, such as Iturralde, Wiedoeft and Yoshimatsu.

Jonathan and Christine will perform at Wanstead Library on 20 February from 8pm (tickets on the door; visitors: £10; Redbridge Music Society members: £7). For more information, call 07511 888 520 or visit redbridgemusicsociety.org.uk


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