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How time flies! Abner Jairo Ortiz García, our second Mexican International Scholar, has now to come to the end of his time in London with CMF.

To mark the end of his stay we organised for Jairo to give a recital at the Residence of the Mexican Ambassador, which provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on everything that he’s learned and achieved during his time with us.

Jairo’s CMF experience

CMF recognises the importance of international experience in the development of young artists’ careers and are proud of the status of London in the musical world. This programme, sponsored by Anglo Arts (part of The Anglo Mexican Foundation), gives CMF the chance to extend these opportunities and networks to a musician from outside Europe.

For the last six weeks Jairo has been enjoying a condensed version our innovative CMF Artist Programme, a packed schedule of performances, mentoring, and creating professional promotional materials.

During his stay Jairo gave four public recitals. The first, his London debut, formed part of our Day of Music at St Bart’s Hospital; next Jairo performed at the V&A in connection with the Frida Kahlo exhibition (an event sponsored by Anglo Arts); he gave one of five lunchtime concerts in our annual Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection; and shortly before leaving, Jairo gave a recital at All Saints Tooting, the church he’d been using for practice throughout his stay.

As well as performances Jairo took part in professional development workshops, met with a host of artistic and business mentors, saw world-class artists perform in some of London’s top venues, received lessons from renowned Swedish cellist Mats Lidström, had a photo/video shoot, and his brand new website and EP are currently in production. Jairo also traveled to Paris to take part in a side-by-side workshop with leading period-instrument ensemble Les Siècles (conducted by François-Xavier Roth). 

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Jairo performing in St Bart’s the Less

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jairo V&A

Jairo entertaining the café at The V&A


Jairo signing autographs at The Wallace Collection

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jairo tooting

Jairo introducing his concert in All Saints Tooting


Back at the Residence of the Mexican Ambassador… after introductions from the Ambassador himself, Julián Ventura (left) and CMF founder, Sir Roger Gifford (right), guests were treated to an exclusive preview of Jairo’s new videos. These videos are perhaps the most significant or certainly the most lasting part of Jairo’s CMF experience. Filmed and produced by Ian Dingle (DH&Co), they will be an invaluable marketing tool for Jairo in the years to come.

He chose to record two works for solo cello:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Courante from Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) – Tema ‘Sacher’ (1976)

These two videos will be released on Tuesday 21st August at midday.

After the videos were shown, Jairo gave a recital with accordionist Bartosz Glowacki (2016 CMF Artist). His programme was both a tribute to the UK – with music by Purcell, Elgar, and Bridge – as well as a celebration of South American music by Eugenio Toussaint and Astor Piazzolla. For the last piece, a traditional Mexican song, the pair were joined by Israel Moreno, a guitarrón player!

We’re very sad to see Jairo to go. His ability to leave a lasting impression on everyone he meets, not least his audiences, is a quality which will sustain him through his career. On leaving us, Jairo has traveled to Poland to give two recitals in Warsaw before returning to France to rejoin Les Siècles (conducted by François-Xavier Roth) for a performance of Berlioz’s Requiem.

From September 2018 Jairo will begin the second year of his Master’s programme at Dusquesne University, Pittsburgh. Armed with these new experiences and tools, we’ve no doubt that Jairo’s career will flourish in the years to come!

Continuing our relationship with The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less, from Wednesday 19th September we will be presenting CMF Artists in a series of monthly lunchtime recitals, which will run throughout the 2018-19 season.

Under the stunning octagonal ceiling of this ancient church (situated within the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, EC1A 7DS) we will be showcasing some of our newest CMF Artists, many of whom are yet to be announced! In fact, the first recital will act as a launch event for the whole series as our 2018 CMF Artists begin their time on the scheme.

Wednesday 19th September 2018
Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano)
Andrey Lebedev (guitar)
Dowland, Britten, Brett Dean, & Manuel de Falla

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Gwenllian Llyr (harp)
Debussy, Henriette Renié, and a trio of Welsh composers

Recitals from November 2018 to April 2019 will be announced in September 2018.

Wednesday 19th September 2018

The first recital on Wednesday 19th September will be given by mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean (2017 CMF Artist) and guitarist Andrey Lebedev (2015 CMF Artist). Alongside flourishing solo careers, this acclaimed duo perform together regularly around the UK and beyond. After performing at the 2017 Buxton International Festival the duo were hailed by The Guardian as, “an unexpected highlight”, and praised for their “irrepressible sense of drama and extraordinary self-assurance”. In recent seasons they have also performed at Gower Festival, Lewes Festival of Song, Brickwall Music Society, and toured their native Australia taking in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, and Mildura Summer Festival.

Their programme will include songs by Dowland, Britten, Brett Dean, Manuel de Falla, as well as some toe-tapping ‘bossa nova’ tunes.

Wednesday 17th October 2018

On Wednesday 17th October harpist Gwenllian Llyr (2017 CMF Artist) gives a solo recital showcasing music by Welsh composers William Matthias, Haldon Evans, and Grace Williams, as well as Debussy, Scriabin, Liszt, and French harpist/composer Henriette Renié.

A former prize-winner at the USA International Harp Competition, Gwenllian has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and St David’s Hall. After graduating with first-class honours from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Gwenllian moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she awarded the William Schuman prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. She was later the first to complete an Advanced Diploma in Harp at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Join us on Wednesday 19th September for the launch of this new series and the first recital. All recitals are free with a retiring collection.

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