Iris Axon Series Continues with Hannah Shilvock

A rare performance on the bass clarinet at Acton Hill Church

Picture: Hannah Shilvock


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The new season of Iris Axon Concerts continues with a performance on bass clarinet by Hannah Shilvock.

She will be performing accompanied by Viola Lenzi on piano.

The concert takes place at Acton Hill Church on Sunday 1 October at 4pm

Their programme features:

Hamabdil, arr. Mark O’Brien and Emma MacKinder
Reconciliation Sonata - Tyler Mazone
Folklorico Nr 2 - Sebastian Tozzola
Milonga del Angel - Astor Piazzolla (solo piano)
Libertango - Astor Piazolla
Fantasy - Michelle Mangani

The founder and organiser of the series Jane Schopf says of the seldom heard bass clarinet, “that wonderful luscious, lugubrious sound that has enriched the orchestra since Berlioz. Wagner was a great admirer and was really responsible in establishing it as a permanent member of the opera orchestra.

This October also sees an additional one-off concert to the series on Saturday, 21 October at 4pm featuring the prize winning French soprano, Clara Barbier Serrano accompanied by Joanna Kacperek, who will be performing French, German and English art songs. Details to follow.

Iris Axon Concert Series Schedule 2023/24


October 1st Hannah Shilvock – Bass Clarinet
November 5th Lewis Kingsley – piano
December 3rd Neus Perris Ferrer - piano


January 7th Amber Emson – violin
February 4th Evgeny Soifertis - piano
March 3rd Alice Jones (cello),Tara Clifford (piano)
April 7th Joanna Kacperek –piano
May 5th Stavroula Thoma – piano
June 2nd Lance Mok – piano
July 7th Susie Gibbons – soprano

Now in its seventeenth year, the Iris Axon Concert Series is an annual season of short (60-70 minute) monthly recitals on Sunday afternoons at the Acton Hill Church. The series was started by Music Director Jane Schopf in 2004 to provide a venue for young musicians starting on their professional careers, many of whom have subsequently enjoyed international success in competitions and on the concert platform. The series has continued to grow and now attracts established international artists as well.

Originally called the Acton Classical Music Concert Series, it was re-named in 2009 in memory of one of its most loyal supporters, Iris Axon, who made possible the purchase of a concert grand, handmade by Clive Pinkham.

The church is deemed ideal for concerts as it has the largest unsupported wooden barrel-vault ceiling in London which brings out the middle harmonics, creating a luxuriously warm sound.

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September 20, 2023


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