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Music Concert, Sun 10 Nov 2019

Fenella Humphreys

Fenella Humphreys

credit Mat Smith


Described in the press as “alluring”, “unforgettable” and “a wonder”, Fenella Humphreys is one of the UK’s most established and versatile violinists. She enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, performing in prestigious venues around the world. She is frequently broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West-Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio.
Over the past decade Fenella has captured international attention by applying spellbinding virtuosity to a strikingly broad range of compositions. Her Bach 2 the Future albums, the second of which won the coveted BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, combined newly commissioned works with two of Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas and other repertoire landmarks.
Fenella’s new disc, So Many Stars, with acclaimed pianist Nicola Eimer was released on Stone Records in February 2019. It was described as “hugely rewarding” by The Guardian and BBC Radio 3’s Record Review as “an absolutely exquisite album”.
June 2019 sees the release of another new disc, Four Seasons Recomposed with Covent Garden Sinfonia and Ben Palmer (Rubicon). The album unites Max Richter’s iconic Recomposed: The Four Seasons with Peteris Vasks’ Lonely Angel and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres to produce a compelling meditation on the profound power of melody. The disc will be launched with a performance of Recomposed at St Jude’s, Hampstead Garden Suburb in June 2019.
Fenella performs widely as a soloist and is a passionate chamber musician. She is regularly invited by Steven Isserlis to take part in the prestigious Open Chamber Music at the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing various ensembles in Europe.
Fenella’s teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf where she was awarded the highest attainable marks both for the ‘Diplom’ exam and the ‘Konzertexamen’ soloists’ diploma.
Fenella plays a beautiful violin from the circle of Peter Guarneri of Venice, kindly on loan from Jonathan Sparey.

Fritz Kreisler – Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice op. 6 (1911)
Roxanna Panufnick – Hora Bessarabia (2016)
Heinrich Biber – Passacaglia (1676)
Rebecca Saunders – Hauch (2018)
J.P. von Westhoff – Suite no. 5 in D minor (1682)
Paganini – Caprices nos. 14, 9 and 24 (1802-1817)
J.S. Bach – Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006 (1720)
Eugene Ysaye – Sonata op. 27 no. 2 (1923)

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 10 Nov 2019
7.30pm – 9.30pm. Doors open 7pm.


Admission £12 at the door. Full-time students half-price. Accompanied children free.


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CA16 6XE


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Map reference: NY 683203  Lat: 54.57691 Long: -2.49190

Appleby Public Hall is in Bouroughgate. Appleby. Take B6542 from A66 or B6260 from M6 Junction 38 Yebay. Entrance down an alleyway level with top of island of shops. Above Tufton Arms Hotel.

Parking: free

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