Season Begins 20-21

Amy Roberts, oboe; Gamal Khamis piano

Via YouTube from 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 October
A Celebrity concert
A link to YouTube will appear here on 14 October

Programme:

Messiaen: Vocalise
Dutilleux: Sonata for oboe and piano
Schubert: Die Vögel, D691
Schumann: Stille Tränen, Op. 35, No. 10
Schumann: Träumerei from Scenes of Childhood, Op. 15
Schumann: Abendlied, Op. 85, No. 12
Fauré: Nocturne in B, Op. 33, No. 2
Saint-Saëns: Sonata for oboe and piano, Op. 166

Amy Roberts is kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme.

Amy Roberts is a British oboist with a rich and varied career. She has recently featured as guest principal with London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC NOW, BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra, and has spent several seasons at the Glyndebourne Festival. Other orchestras include Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
She is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician having become a 2019 PDGYA award winner with ‘Making Music’, recorded the Villa Lobos Concerto Grosso and performed concertos by Albinoni, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Martinu and MacMillan. Her quintet 'Moriarty Winds' perform across the UK in a variety of concert and educational contexts and are proud to have been Chamber Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and resident ensemble for Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots.
Amy also enjoys making music on historical instruments from all ages and has played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlghtenment, Academy of Ancient Music, English Consort, Dunedin Consort, La Serenissima and more.
Alongside playing, Amy teaches privately and at Wetherby Senior School where several students have gone on to win music scholarships to other prestigious schools. Amy especially enjoys teaching adults who are coming back to the oboe, and is currently creating a book aimed at adult students wanting to improve their oboe technique.
She graduated from The Royal Academy of Music where she received a 1st Class MA with Chris Cowie, Ian Hardwick and Melanie Ragge. Previously she studied on the prestigious Joint Course between the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester studying oboe with Jonathan Small and baroque oboe with Tony Robson. She received a 1st from both institutions and won the RNCM Concerto Competition. Whilst at the Academy she also won the Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize, Janet Craxton Memorial Prize and Barry Grimaldi Prize.

After gaining a degree in Mathematics from Imperial College London, Gamal completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of ten, and has since appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Oxford Lieder Festival, Buxton Festival and Chipping Campden Festival, as well as across Europe, North America and Oceania. Gamal has won major prizes for both solo and collaborative playing, including at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition and the Ferrier Awards. He has performed concertos with orchestras all over England, and has worked with many of Britain's leading composers. His playing is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio and Television, and in Europe, America and the Middle East.

Upcoming plans include recitals across Denmark, a return to the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, USA, and a tour of "Odyssey - words and music of finding home", his new narrative recital with the actor Christopher Kent. Gamal is an Artist with the Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group, Samling and DEBUT, and he is a member of the award-winning Lipatti Piano Quartet, who recently made their Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Southbank Centre debuts. Gamal would like to thank The Carne Trust for their continued generous support.

‘The highlight of the evening was pianist Gamal Khamis, whose sensitivity and imagination shone out of his three performances.’ Financial Times