Acclaimed violinist to perform at Georgian Theatre Royal

Violinist Philippa Mo. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Acclaimed violinist Philippa Mo will perform at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond this weekend.

Tickets remain on sale for the performance on Saturday night by the musician who is a senior lecturer in violin at Leeds College of Music and who was awarded associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2015.

Philippa has also just won the Future Classic Women Awards 2020 held by the Women’s Radio Station.

The musician said: “I spend a lot of time here in Richmond – I love exploring the Dales and the coast on foot or on my two wheels and so to play this weekend at the Georgian Theatre is particularly exciting.”

Philippa said the past two years had been hard for those working in art and culture.

“We have seen thousands jobs lost, the permanent closure of venues and the potentially devastating reduction in education too.

“When all concerts and tours were abruptly cancelled last March, I got a job in a funeral home for months in order to secure some kind of income but I was determined to continue playing so I gave online lessons and occasional performances via zoom.

“Those of us that could, have all adapted – and clung on – and I am eternally grateful to the promoters and venues that honoured or have extended new invitations.

“My autumn performances have so far included a brand new violin concerto at Ely Cathedral and an appearance at the Swaledale Festival.

“I cannot say that things are looking remotely rosy ahead but a lot of us believe and know that art  and music is life-changing, so I for one very much look forward to sharing what I find so exciting.”

Philippa will form at 7.30pm on Saturday.

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I spend a lot of time here in Richmond – I love exploring the Dales and the coast on foot or on my two wheels and so to play this weekend at the Georgian Theatre is particularly exciting.

There is an immensely rich repertoire written for solo violin and it is intriguing to consider just why composers have sometimes limited the flight of their ideas to one voice with only four strings.  It would appear that at some of the most joyful and at times darkest moments in their lives, they have turned to writing the most expressive and demanding pieces for violin – sometimes not even intended for an audience.

Showing off the variety of baroque ingenuity and moving through early 20th century and beyond,  I have chosen a collection of some of my very favourite solo works including Biber’s Passacaglia know as the Guardian Angel and the Partita in B minor by Bach. There is also the exuberant solo sonata by Prokofiev, two miniatures to show off some unexpected tonal colours of the instrument and I am absolutely thrilled to give the world première of Toccata by Naji Hakim.  The programme is in turn gentle and contemplative, strong and regal  – and at times spiked with violence.
In such an intimate historic venue, this will be up close and personal (and to assure a friend, it will have plenty of ‘welly’).

The past two years have been like no other period of time for nearly all of us; in art and culture, we have seen thousands jobs lost, the permanent closure of venues and the potentially devastating reduction in education too. When all concerts and tours were abruptly cancelled last March, I got a job in a funeral home for months in order to secure some kind of income but I was determined to continue playing so I gave online lessons and occasional performances via zoom.  It was great seeing my students regularly, keeping them motivated by devising fun lessons when they were all sick of staring at a screen. I played for care homes throughout last year, sometimes connecting with one resident at a time and sometimes being shown on a large screen in a room for thirty or forty. I played and chatted too, and have made good friends with people who were not even able to see their own families. I have played for art classes who drew and painted – inspired by the movement and the music and one artist won a prize having submitted her piece responding to Bach.

Those of us that could, have all adapted – and clung on – and I am eternally grateful to the promoters and venues that honoured or have extended new invitations. My autumn performances have so far included a brand new violin concerto at Ely Cathedral and an appearance at the Swaledale Festival.  I cannot say that things are looking remotely rosy ahead but a lot of us believe and know that art  and music is life-changing, so I for one very much look forward to sharing what I find so exciting!

“…faultless technique and unfailing insight.” Gramophone Magazine
“International sensation..”
The Weekender
“The ingenuity of the writing was quite dazzling: so was the playing – the expertise of Mo’s near- instantaneous transitions from one style to another was often startling and always impressive”
Classical Source

Philippa studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Philippa now performs extensively as a chamber musician and has given performances and live broadcasts worldwide. Recent solo tours have taken her to Australia, Brazil and China.

A champion of contemporary music, Philippa has given workshops on British music in China, Turkey and Kazakhstan. She has worked closely with many leading British composers and has given premieres of their solo and violin duo works.

Concerto appearances include a world premiere in Truro Cathedral as part of the innovative Online Orchestra Project with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires as well as John McCabe’s Les Martinets Noirs in Sweden.

Philippa recently completed her series, Partita Fantasia Caprice at the gallery Sladers Yard in Dorset, exploring the complete solo works of JS Bach and Telemann in the context of earliest solo violin repertoire right through to contemporary works.

In 2018, Philippa founded the series Philippa Mo@Shortwave Nights and gave ten solo and duo concerts with international guest artists.  She continued the series into early 2020 as Philippa Mo@The Curtain in Shoreditch.

Philippa plays a violin by Julius Cesare Gigli from 1786.