Come and enjoy a two-cello charity concert in the beautiful setting of Waterperry House on Sunday September 3rd at 4pm as part of the ‘Waterperry House Open Weekend’. Indira Grier and Christopher Graves will play Bach Solo Suite No. 3 in C major; Bach Solo Suite No. 5 in C minor; Handel Passaglia arranged by Halvorsen
There will be no upfront charge for the concert and no need to book in advance, but donations afterwards will be welcomed. The proceeds of the concert will go towards the 2 Ukrainian families living on the Waterperry estate + 2 other Ukrainian families that are being supported by the School in London and Leeds. The two-cello concert is due to last approx. 55 mins.
Indira Grier already the recipient of several international prizes, has been invited to the Verbier Festival Soloist Academy in 2021 and 2022, has won Making Music’s 2019 ‘Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award’, the 2019 RCM Unaccompanied Bach Prize, the 2018 RCM Concerto Competition performing the Elgar Cello Concerto, and a Gold Medal in the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition. Indira has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. James’ Piccadilly, Blackheath Halls, Sheldonian Theatre Oxford, Èglise de Verbier and Palazzo Chigi-Saracini Siena. She has participated regularly in masterclasses with David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Thomas Ades and Steven Isserlis at the Accademia Chigiana, Interlaken Classics, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, IMS Prussia Cove and Verbier Festival. A keen chamber musician, Indira has performed for may years with the Grier Trio and is currently collaborating with pianists Daniel Lebhardt and Ariel Lanyi. She has also enjoyed working with artists including Simon Crawford-Phillips, Andrew Marriner, Clio Gould, Matthew Truscott, Rebecca Gilliver and the Castalian Quartet in festivals such as Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Wye Valley Chamber Music and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival.
Christopher Graves is a cellist and bow maker. From 2013-22 he was cellist of the Castalian String Quartet, with whom he played at many of the world’s major concert halls and festivals. Highlights from that part of his career include recitals at the Aldeburgh festival, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Liszt Academy Budapest, to name a few. With the quartet he also gave frequent recitals at London’s Wigmore hall, which included a Brahms chamber music cycle in 2019-20, and toured the US extensively. Their CD “Between Two Worlds” was given a double five-star review by BBC Music Magazine and named album of the month.
His bow making career began during lockdown in 2020. He trained with Gary Leahy and quickly became dedicated to the art. As a child he learnt music from his pianist mother and woodworking from his father; bow making brings together those two passions and now occupies much of his time, especially since he gave up the touring life and left the Castalians. His bows are already in the hands of many eminent musicians in the UK and abroad