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Friday 15 November 2019 at 2.00pm

Fairhaven URC (The White Church)



Claire Roberts (violin)

Tom Kimmance (piano)

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Originally from South West Wales, Claire studied music at Oxford University supported by a Choral Scholarship. Thanks to generous funding from the Thomas and Elizabeth Williams trust, she went on to complete an MMus in Violin Performance with Steven Wilkie at the Royal Northern College of Music where she maintained an active interest in composition and contemporary music. 



Awarded the prestigious Parry Williams prize, Claire has embarked upon a composition PhD at Bangor University. Research interests include voice-leading analytical techniques, 21st-century tonality and accessibility in contemporary music. She has written for BBC National Orchestral of Wales, Zubin Kanga, Anne Denholm (harpist to the Prince of Wales), Gary Farr (BBC Philharmonic), The Fidelio Trio and O Duo percussion ensemble, Oliver Coates and Pspappha ensemble.


Recent cross-arts projects include immersive theatre piece GALA at the Victoria Baths, Women Make Works in celebration of International Women's Day and music/photography exhibition Chamber Shots. Recent awards include the William Mathias Prize

Tom Kimmance was born in Merseyside. His musical career dates back to age 13 when he began to teach himself the piano. Within months, his talent was evident to others, when he transcribed Mozart’s ‘Ronda Alla Turca' by ear and performed it at a local festival from memory. 

In the years that followed Tom went on to study at Liverpool Community Art College gaining his Music A-level and HND. During this time, Tom was performing concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the college orchestra and giving numerous piano recitals from memory. It was also at college, that Tom discovered his love for composition.

Continuing his education at the University of Liverpool, Tom continued to perform numerous concertos and recitals including Mendelssohn’s ‘Capriccio Brillante’ with the university orchestra. He participated in masterclasses with famous concert pianists Gil Sullivan, Joanna MacGregor OBE and Stephen Hough CBE and in his final year, he gained the highest mark on record for a solo undergraduate performance, completing his BA Hons Music. Tom has continued his studies with his mentor John Gough, from his time at the university.

After gaining a first class master’s degree in 2008, Tom has been in demand as a concert pianist for orchestras across the North West. His repertoire has included the Addinsell’s ‘Warsaw Concerto’, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, Grieg’s ‘Piano concerto in A minor’, Rachmaninov’s ‘Piano Concerto no.2’, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1’ and his own ‘Piano Concerto in E flat minor’.


Mozart                   Violin Sonata No 22 in A major K305

  1. Allegro di Molto

  2. Theme and Variations


Svendsen              Romance Op 26


Debussy                Violin Sonata in G minor (1917)

  1. Allegro vivo

  2. Intermêde: Fantasque et léger

  3. Finale Très Animé

Massenet              Meditation from Thaïs


De Falla/Kreisler   Danse Espagnole

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