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Vashti Hunter & Alasdair Beatson

Vashti Hunter & Alasdair Beatson

Vashti Hunter & Alasdair Beatson

Tue 25 Feb 2025, 7:30pm

Cellist Vashti Hunter and pianist Alasdair Beatson explore the most Slavic part of Europe with intriguing compositions by Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, and Frédéric Chopin.

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This concert is part of the Leeds International Chamber Series 2024/25.

Warsaw to Prague: Slavic tales
Vashti Hunter – cello
Alasdair Beatson – piano

Antonín Dvořák Silent Woods
Grażyna Bacewicz Kaprys Polski
Bohuslav Martinů Cello Sonata No 1
Leoš Janáček Pohádka
Frédéric Chopin Cello Sonata

This concert is performed by the wonderful British cellist, Vashti Hunter, and renowned British pianist, Alasdair Beatson. Together they explore the most Slavic part of Europe with intriguing and mesmerising compositions by Leoš Janáček, an epic sonata by Bohuslav Martinů, and the glorious Cello Sonata by Polish composer, Frédéric Chopin.

A highlight of this programme is the inclusion of a charming, yet rarely performed, short composition for solo cello by the iconic female Polish composer, Grażyna Bacewicz.

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About the series

About the Leeds International Chamber Series 2024/25

Each year we ask a guest Artistic Director to curate our International Chamber Series, this year it is the esteemed violinist, Jonian Ilias Kadesha. Join Jonian and his closest musical friends for a journey across Europe to explore the vibrant chamber music the continent has to offer.


A note from the Artistic Director

I’m honoured to be able to create this season’s programmes; it’s a real privilege to invite esteemed guest artists who are my closest artistic friends to join me on these European Wanderings.

Leeds International Concert Season has given me the freedom to develop artistic ideas that will lead audiences to enjoy music from a different perspective. When putting together these programmes, I thought it would be interesting to look at the music from a geographical point of view. When we think about classical music, we tend to think chronologically, but thinking in a geographical way allows us to consider the impact a location had on the music created there.

Thinking about music in this way led me to ponder the different important cities throughout Europe that influenced the course of history and how they impacted classical music, whether that was due to having a strong folk scene, or perhaps to political events. The cities we visit are all hugely significant, cultural melting-pots. It’s interesting to observe how music written by different composers through different times, but within the same borders, has changed so immensely yet can also have such strong commonalities or links.

Join me and my friends as we journey across borders and boundaries to showcase masterworks, some of which you may already love, and some that you will discover for the very first time.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha
Artistic Director


The Venue at Leeds Conservatoire