Rickards-Cromarty Duo

Alice Rickards (violin) and Sonia Cromarty (cello)

Saturday 21 April 2012 • 7.30pm
Stewart's Hall, Huntly (map)

Tickets £8.00, £5.00 (concession), £1 (schoolchildren)
available from Deveron Arts, Brander Library, Orb's Bookshop, Rizza's shop, or at the door

Rickards-Cromarty Duo

Ludwig van Beethoven

Duo in B flat major

Paul Stanhope


A set of Scottish Dances including:

Scott Skinner
Eddie McGuire
Niel Gow

Bovaglie's Plaid
Mrs Murray of Abercarney

John Peterson

Diabolic Dance

Sarah Hopkins

Reclaiming the Spirit


James Oswald

Airs for the Seasons

Haydn Reeder


Maurice Ravel

Sonata for Violin and Cello

Both established performers in Britain and beyond, Alice Rickards (violin) and Sonia Cromarty (cello) come together to demonstrate just what's possible from 8 strings, 4 f-holes and 2 bows. Their fresh, dynamic playing explores the versatile repertoire of the string duo from the Baroque restraints of Bach and Corelli to the Impressionist sound world of Ravel. They also champion the music of their homelands, bringing to prominence some of the wealth of music to emerge from Scotland and Australia. A lively, engaging new duo — don't miss the opportunity to hear them perform.

Alice Rickards is currently a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia, before moving to the UK to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained a Masters with Distinction. She has had a successful and varied chamber career to date, winning the Gertrude Langer Chamber Music Prize as leader of the Minerva Quartet and also touring Australia as part of a virtuoso violin and cello duo, High Heels and Horse Hair. Alice has appeared as a soloist on many occasions, including performances with Southbank Sinfonia, the Baroque Orchestra at Dartington International Summer School and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, where she premiered new works by Australian composers. Alice also has a great interest in period performance and has performed with many of London's early music ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Retrospect Ensemble and the Kings Consort.

Aberdeen-born Sonia Cromarty studied cello and baroque cello at the RSAMD gaining a First Class Honours degree and Post-graduate Diploma with Distinction. During her college years she won numerous prizes for solo and ensemble playing and since graduating she has enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career that has taken her all around the world. Sonia particularly enjoys chamber music and is also a member of the Rhona Mackay Trio, Amici Cello Trio and Daniel's Beard. She performs regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Opera and has also appeared with the RSNO, Scottish Ballet, The Scottish Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble and Red Note Ensemble. As well as performing, Sonia enjoys bringing music to the community through teaching and education projects in a wide range of settings.

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