Performing and ensembles

My performing focus is primarily as a Baroque cellist but I am still happy to take work in other genres from classical to gospel and indie.You can view my CV below. To hire me for performing work or to book any of the ensembles below please use the Contact page.

Ensembles

Due Corde is the baroque string duo formed by cellist Amelie Addison and violinist Anne Marie Christensen (www.annemarieviolinist.com) in spring 2008, to explore and promote wider appreciation both of the unique string sonorities and textures produced by the rarely revived practice of accompanying violin with cello alone, and of the many beautiful and intriguing but lesser-known 18th century works for violin and bass. Due Corde's approach of taking the written notation of these emotive pieces as a starting point for experimentation brings freshness to their performance. See attachment below for our promotional material and sample concert programmes, or visit our website www.duecorde.co.uk where you can also listen to extracts from our 2013 album Italian Virtuosity in the British Isles.

Due Corde were winners of the Richard III Prize for Historical Performance 2009 at the Royal College of Music, and of Trinity College of Music Early Music Competition 2010, and their recitals have been well-received at the National Gallery and V&A, on tour in Denmark, at the Greenwich International Early Music Festival and on tour in the North East of England. Initially focusing on Italian repertoire, they subsequently branched out to explore music influenced by the English, Scottish and Danish folk traditions, and later eighteenth-century duo repertoire. Due Corde have been baroque string tutors on HISS Historically Informed Summer School in Scarborough since 2013 (please visit www.hiss.org.uk for further information on this exciting course!)
 
'Finely nuanced playing and beautiful gestures... A wonderful blend of lyricism and virtuosity'
- Rachel Brown, adjudicator, Trinity College of Music Early Music Competition 2010
 

Akenside Players is a baroque chamber ensemble formed in early 2012 by Anne Marie Christensen and Rebecca Eves (violins), Amelie Addison (cello) and Masumi Yamamoto (harpsichord). We are named after the poet and physician Mark Akenside, whose essay on 'The Pleasures of the Imagination', inspired by the Northumberland countryside, had a far-reaching influence on eighteenth-century ideas of the perception of beauty. Akenside Players were winners of the Broadwood Ensemble Competition at Fenton House in July 2012 with a programme of trio sonatas by Handel, Boyce, Arne and Geminiani. 2013 was a busy year for Akenside Players: we were Musicians of the Month at Handel House Museum in April and gave recitals of a programme including Purcell, Handel, Avison, Geminiani and the Earl of Kelly at historic keyboard collections Hatchlands, Finchcocks, and St. Cecilia's Hall Edinburgh as well as the Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
In 2014 Akenside's string players began exploring repertoire for string trio by later 18th century composers including Boccherini, Viotti, Pugnani, Abel and Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen, performing at Handel House Museum, London and Silkeborg Festival, Denmark.

NEXT CONCERT: Friday 10th June, 1.00pm Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds www.concerts.leeds.ac.uk   


"In a hugely enjoyable and stylish performance, the Akenside Players demonstrated not only technical assurance, but also the rarer gift of emotional intelligence: a group to listen out for."
 - Catherine Bott FGSM, presenter, The Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3




Dei Gratia is a collective formed of both experienced and emerging professional baroque musicians, who are committed to using their musical gifts to share the Christian gospel. Our aim is to perform baroque sacred music in innovative and engaging ways that illuminate and encourage exploration of the meaning of the text. Past performances include Soul in the City and Greenbelt festivals 2011, reflective concerts for Lent and Advent in various London churches, a recording for Lutheran Radio in December 2012, Bach's St. John Passion on Bornholm, Denmark, and chamber performances of Handel's Messiah. For more information please visit our website: http://www.deigratiabaroque.org.uk/.



Amélie also plays with Concentus VII on the album Et in arcadia ego released on the Resonus label January 2015  and featured on BBC Radio 3's CD Review http://www.resonusclassics.com/concentus-vii 



 
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