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Friday, August 14, 2020


(Right: Matilda Lloyd)

In celebration of Women’s Month, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will be showcasing female soloists during the month of August. This week, join At home with the KZN Phil, as they present trumpeter Matilda Lloyd performing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major, accompanied by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Boico.

Haydn wrote 17 concertos, most of which are lost. Of those that remain, including two cello concertos and a concerto apiece for violin and piano, the E-flat Trumpet Concerto is the most popular of all. Written in 1796, this is the last concerto of Haydn’s career. Scored for pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons, horns and trumpets, with timpani and strings, it is one of the few instrumental works composed during the final years of his life when he had given up writing symphonies and piano sonatas for good, and had begun to concentrate on vocal music. It was prompted sometime in 1795 or early in 1796 by a request for a concerto from his long-time friend, Anton Weidinger, a famous trumpet player in the Vienna Court Orchestra.

Singularly, Weidinger first played the concerto Haydn wrote for him only in March 1800. Perhaps this was because he needed the time following the work’s completion to master its considerable technical challenges. The opening movement is unusually elaborate and spectacular. The slow movement is warmly lyrical, while in the jubilant finale, notable for its thrillingly bravura writing, Haydn demonstrates he knew only too well how to bring down the curtain in fine style. (Programme Notes: © William Charlton-Perkins, 2019)

Hailed as “remarkable” by the Daily Telegraph, British trumpeter Matilda Lloyd is a fast-rising young artist with exceptional poise and musicality. Aged 24, she is captivating audiences with her artistry and communication, her flawless technique and the unique character she brings to each and every work.

In 2014, she was the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final, and in 2016, gave her BBC Proms solo debut, performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic and Alpesh Chauhan. The following year, she won the Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition in Rouen, France, an achievement which led to her international debut in Spring 2019 with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen. Recent highlights also include performances with the BBC Concert Orchestra (for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night) and the London Mozart Players. In March 2018, she was chosen to replace Tine Thing Helseth for a celebration of International Women’s Day with the Manchester Camerata under Jessica Cottis.

The 19/20 season sees Lloyd make her USA, South African and German debuts performing with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. She also gives recitals with John Reid, Cameron Richardson-Eames and the Kirkman Quartet.

A keen chamber musician, she has led the EUYO Brass Quintet at prestigious engagements such as the opening of the EU Residency Building in Amsterdam and at the Austrian Embassy in London, and the EUYO Brass Dectet in various venues across Europe.

Lloyd graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University in 2017 and received a Master’s Degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2019. During her studies at the Academy with Mark David, she participated in masterclasses with Håkan Hardenberger as a Britten Pears Young Artist, sponsored by the Royal Warrant Holders Association Alan Britten Bursary, and with Eric Aubier, Jeroen Berwaerts and Wim van Hasselt. She will receive lessons during this season from Håkan Hardenberger at the Malmö Academy of Music.

Lloyd released her debut album Direct Message on the Orchid Classics Label in October 2018, featuring 20th and 21st century works for trumpet and piano with pianist John Reid.

 (Left: Daniel Boico)

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Together with the World Symphony Series, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra also undertakes a comprehensive education, development and community engagement programme which exposes more than 30,000 urban and township learners to educational music concerts. Without the support of those who share the orchestra’s love for music and commitment to being an essential resource for the people of South Africa, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra would be hard-pressed to achieve its mission.

Donations would be welcomed. The KZNPO is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with SARS.


KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

FNB: Durban Main Branch

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