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Jenkinson & Frith Duo

 Johannes Brahms   Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 38 
 Zoltán Kodály  Sonata for solo 'cello Op 8


In 1996, Richard played his first recital with Benjamin Frith. This fortuitous meeting has led to a very close and successful duo and became the backbone of the Frith Piano Quartet which they later formed. Their recitals together have included cycles of Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas. Their repertoire now takes in everything from the great classics to contemporary works.

Richard Jenkinson –‘cello'

Richard Jenkinson started to play the ‘cello at the age of five and after winning a Scholarship from Derbyshire County Council studied with Florence Hooton until her sudden death in 1988. He continued his studies with William Pleeth and was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. Richard was awarded a top prize in the Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy and this led to him recording the Complete Sonatas and Variations by Martinů.

In addition to playing in this Duo with Benjamin Frith he is also the ‘cellist in the Pro-Musica String Trio and is ‘cellist with the Dante Quartet He founded Innovation Chamber Ensembles whilst a principal ‘cellist with the CBSO, all of whose members also play with the CBSO. This is a variable group of players which goes from being a purely string orchestra to one which can play reduced versions of works such as Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder. He is Musical director and Conductor of the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

Richard plays on a ‘cello by G B Grancino of Milan circa 1692

Benjamin Frith - 'Piano' 

“Prodigy of Prodigies” was how British artist Benjamin Frith was described by Dennis Matthews when, aged just 14, he won the British national Concerto Competition.

Having achieved rave reviews from his American and Edinburgh Festival debuts, he established himself as an international concert artist. His career as a solo pianist has

taken him all over the world and also he has had time to found the Frith Piano Quartet and perform regularly in chamber music with Richard Jenkinson in a ‘cello and piano Duo and many others.

He has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Polish National Radio, and the BBC Philharmonic. In 2007 he was the soloist with the Hallé orchestra under Sir Mark Elder at the opening of the Royal Hall in Harrogate. He has worked with many leading conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Antoni Wit, Vasary, Skrowaczewski, Bamert, Atzmon and Barry Wordsworth. 

The Duo will be performing in Clubs and Music Societies the length and breadth of Great Britain in 2015 and 2016 and are already taking bookings for engagements in 2017.

Standard Price £6 in advance | £7 on the day
Friends of St David's Hall | Under 16 | Students | Over 60s | Claimants | Disabled people plus one companion £5 in advance | £6 on the day

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PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only.  They may be subject to change.