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  • Young Artists Concert Series- Magdalene Ho

    We are delighted to announce that the young Malaysian pianist Magdalene Ho will perform at the Matthiesen Gallery on Wednesday 12 June. Magdalene came to the Purcell School in 2013 at the age of 11 to study with Patsy Toh. Since 2022 she has been at the Royal College of Music (RCM) studying with Dmitri…

  • Young Artists Concert Series- Aidan Mikdad

    On Wednesday the 15th of May do come and enjoy an evening of exceptional music-making. There is no substitute for a live performance, especially by such a gifted artist in such an intimate setting. LISZT – Selection of short pieces RAVEL – Gaspard de la nuit CHOPIN – Nocturne in F-sharp op 15 No.2,       Sonata No. 3 in B…

  • Young Artists Concert Series- Bridget Yee & Joanna Lam

    Malaysian pianist Bridget Yee received a full scholarship to Wells CathedralSchool at the age of 11 and a Fellowship Diploma from Trinity College Londonat 17. She is currently in her second year of undergraduate studies at the RoyalAcademy of Music with a Suresh and Richard McMillan Full Scholarship underChristopher Elton. In 2020 she was a…

  • Young Artists Concert Series- Ignas Maknickas

    Our 2024 Young Artists Concert Series continues on Wednesday 13 March. Ignas Maknickas, widely recognised as one of the most gifted of the emerging generation of concert pianists, will return to the Matthiesen Gallery with a programme including Schubert’s Sonata No. 21 in B-flat D.960. Composed a few months before his death, Schubert’s last sonata is a…

  • Young Artists Concert Series- Dominic Degavino

    Join us on Friday the 23rd of February for our 2024 Young Artists Concert Series in partnership with the Beagle Editions. The theme of Dominic’s programme is ‘Reflections’ – on home, art, fantasy and friendship as expressed by the composers in their letters and conversations at the time. LISZT     Two Concert Études S.145 (1862–63) Amy BEACH     Two Piano…

  • Revolutionary Russian Cello Music

    SAVE THE DATE!On Friday the 2nd of February at 19:00 join us at the Matthiesen Gallery for a concert by Liubov Ulybysheva and James Kreiling, celebrating the CD launch featuring music by Gnessin Katchaturian, Tcherepnin and Rachmaninov’s Sonata Op. 19. For tickets go to: https//buytickets.at/multiphonicarts/1112093

  • Festive lunchtime concert London Obbligato Collective

    On Thursday the 21st of December at 13:00 join London Obbligato Collective for a festive lunchtime concert at the National Gallery, and learn about period instruments and how they differ from their modern counterparts.   The ensemble will be playing Harpsichord Trios by Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) and Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787), both of whom had…

  • The Mithras Trio

    On Wednesday 13th of December the Mithras Trio will be performing a recital, not at the Matthiesen Gallery as planned, but at Bob Boas’s recital room, 22 Mansfield Street W1G 9NR. Programme: Frank Bridge Phantasie for Piano Trio, Helen Grime Three Whistler Miniatures and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor op 50. BBC Radio 3…

  • Bosques de Los Niños in Costa Rica

    After the great success of this project in Peru, in collaboration with A.N.I.A. (Asociación para la Niñez y su Ambiente – The Association for children and their environment), we are now about to begin a new adventure bringing the same project to Costa Rica, the very first Country to officially include Mother Nature teachings within its…

  • Polina Osetinskaya at the National Gallery

    On the 1st of November the Matthiesen Foundation, together with the National Gallery London, organised and co-sponsored a lunchtime concert of the internationally acclaimed pianist Polina Osetinskaya. Polina began playing the piano at the age of five. She performed on stage for the first time at the age of six. In 1982, she entered the…

  • Annual Activities Report 2022- 2023

    After several years of disappointment with the harpsichord which had been commissioned in 2019, it was totally rebuilt by Michael Parfet, conservator of ancient instruments at the Royal Academy of Music, and the inaugural concert took place at the National Gallery before a large audience on the 6th of October 2022. The soloist was the…

  • The ‘Arboles Patrimonial’ Project goes on line

    The Arboles Patrimonial aims, with the backing of the Peruvian Government, to list magesterial trees for conservation. At least one tree in each district or province will be so listed and used as an instrument to increase awareness of conservation. The seed money for this endeavour was provided by this Foundation working once again with…

  • The Beginning of Life2

    As an adjunct to our ‘Monumental Trees Project’ I am sponsoring links to films which ANIA have produced which follow on from The Children’s Lands Projects and a film launched in 2016 titled ‘The Beginning of Life’. The new film is part two and can be viewed on Netflix. Duration is about 90 minutes. It can…

  • A New Environmental Project in Peru for Tree Preservation 2021

    The Foundation in association with The Orbis Pictus Trust and ANIA is embarking on a pilot scheme in Peru which is an extension of The Children’s Forest and Children’s Lands projects which we piloted since the late 1990s. Those schemes and their associated manuals were translated into three languages and placed open access on the…

  • 2019/2020 update

    Activities this year were dominated by the failure  of the Kirkman harpsichord to perform satisfactorily. Built in Genoa, many deficiencies were found which needed to be rectified. After almost a year of investigation and negotiation, Michael Parfitt, the conservator of the early instruments collection at the Royal Academy of Music, will undertake a rebuild which…

  • Harpsichord Concert sponsored by the Foundation

    The attached tweet documents the concert which was previously announced in news

  • HARPSICHORD CONCERT DECEMBER 13th 7PM at THE NATIONAL GALLERY

    Three years ago, this Foundation gifted a concert grand Bluthner piano to The National Gallery in order to revive the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. Since then several international pianists have performed including Imogen Cooper and Anne Queffelec. At the time of the inaugural concert the Foundation suggested that for baroque music a harpsichord might…

  • Nepal

    The Foundation is actively working with |The Glacier Trust on a new project with hill farmers to improve coffee production and soil concervation as well as re-afforestation. Please see the attached PDF for the very latest update. Click on the PDF letters below

  • Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert at The National Gallery

    On October the 10th, the 70th anniversary of the first wartime concert that Myra Hess organised, a concert was held in the |Barrye Rooms on the Bluthner piano donated by this Foundation. This was the third concert in this new series. The Foundation had arranged for Imogen Cooper to play at the first two in 2017 and 2018. This…

  • SAVE THE DATE-OCTOBER 16th 6.30 pm

    The Foundation has sponsored the hire of St. John’s Smith Square London SW1 for a concert by Nafis Umerkulova and the Purcell School Chamber Orchestra. The programme includes music by Stanchinsky, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, an exciting mix. The concert serves to highlight the launch of Nafis’ first CD albumn dedicated to the works of…

  • Further music sponsorship 2019

    In order to support Nafis Umerkulov’s launch CD the Foundation has hired St. John’s Smith Square for her to perform together with the Purcell School of Music’s Orchestra. A notice and programme will be posted later in the year. The Foundation made a grant to Frances Gregory, mezzo soprano, to support her accomodation costs throughout…

  • Sponsorship of a seat at the Sainsbury Theatre, RAM, London

    In 2018 the Foundation sponsored a seat with a memorial plaque dedicated to the great Bach pianist, Edwin Fischer 1886-1960 in the new Susie Sainsbury theatre (see image). For 2019 the Foundation will sponsor another seat this time dedicated to the incomparable contralto so beloved by the British public, Kathleen Ferrier 1912-1953. ‘Kathleen Ferrier was (and still…

  • The new Kirkman Harpsichord

    In 2017 it was decided to commission a 1782 Kirkman double manual harpsichord for presentation to the London National Gallery. The builder is Mario del Grosso in Genoa, of international renown. Since there are no complete drawings for this Kirkman instrument a certain amount of research had to be carried out as there are subtle differences from…

  • A concert in the Casa della Musica, Arezzo, Tuscany

    The Foundation has sponsored a concert in CAMU [the Casa della Musica in Via Vasari, Arezzo] featuring NAFIS UMERKULOVA. The programme includes Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata Op. 31, Schubert Impromptu no.1 Op.142, D935, a sonata by Scriabin no.4, Op.30 and 4 Preludes, Op.22 by Stanchinsky. The CAMU was opened this year primarily to promote music for children and…

  • Updaters on our Peru Childrens Lands projects as of April 2018

    The attached PDF documents the updates on our three projects in the Iquitos region of the Amazon basis which we initiated in 2016. All projects are running extremely well and indeed are expanding.The kids have been taught their native Kkukuma traditional Indios language which otherwise was dying out. The children are whole heartedly embracing environmental…