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Maude Valérie White – Scherzetto

Born in France before moving to England at the age of 1, Maude Valérie White (1855-1937) was one of the most the most successful English art song composers of the 19th century. This short and sweet scherzetto marks a rare departure from vocal music for White, but is nonetheless just as musically rich as her songs.


Kamilla Arku (piano)
Patrick Hamm (sound editing)

Liberian-Norwegian pianist Kamilla Arku gave her London debut at the renowned ‘Pianists of the World’ series at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields in 2013, and has since performed as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals and recitals in the UK and abroad. Recent highlights include recitals in London, Munich and Paris; performances on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and on BBC Radio London; chamber music performances with Stephen Kovacevich, Alice Zawadzki and Leon Bosch; and world and European premieres of works by Lainie Fefferman, Tara Creme and Virginia Seay. She has also creatively collaborated with visual artists Jordan Söderberg Mills and Amale Freiha Khlat as well as with filmmaker Patrick Hamm. Kamilla is especially passionate about introducing audiences to lesser-known and new composers, and regularly programmes music by female composers and composers from Africa and its diaspora. She is committed to volunteer efforts, and since 2008 has organised concerts and events in aid of Liberian children with her charity, Music for Liberia. Kamilla is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Northern College of Music, and is currently based between London and Berlin.

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This performance has been recorded in compliance with the UK Government’s COVID-19 health & safety guidelines.


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