Tabitha Selley – Cello & Francis Goodwin – Piano
Lunchtime Music Friday 20th July 2018 Live
Gabriel Fauré – Romance Op.69
Sergei Rachmaninoff – ‘Elégie’ from Morceaux de fantaisie
Claude Debussy – Rêverie
Felix Mendelssohn – Songs without words Op. 109
Alexander Scriabin – Romance
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14
Gabriel Fauré – Sicilenne Op. 78
Frank Bridge – Cello Sonata
Camille Saint-Saëns – ‘Le Cygne’ (The Swan)
Tabitha began studying the cello at the age of 7 with the local county music service, with whom she had the opportunity of playing with various youth orchestras and ensembles, which is where she first developed her love of orchestral playing. Through her teenage years she first studied with Penny Driver and then Rosie Biss, before gaining a place to study her undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music.
At RNCM Tabitha first had lessons with Emma Ferrand, before moving to study with Nick Jones, with whom she concluded her 4 years at the college. Over the duration of the course Tabitha gained experience playing in various orchestral projects, as well as participating in different chamber groups. In her first year she was also given the wonderful opportunity to play in a performance of Penderecki’s Agnus Dei arranged for 8 cellos, at a festival arranged by the college to celebrate the works of the well-known Polish composer.
Tabitha has played in masterclasses given by Paul Watkins, Alice Neary, Philip Higham, Miklos Perenyi and Rebecca Gilliver, as well as being able to appreciate the importance of learning from other people’s performances by attending further masterclasses and concerts by such names as Hannah Roberts, Istvan Vardai and Ralph Kirshbaum.
Tabitha has competed in various chamber music competitions, winning awards in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians and Music in the Vale and participated in the Nossek Prize and the Barbirolli Cello Prize at RNCM She plays on a Welsh cello made by Clive Morris, as she is proud of her Cardiff background, and has given many performances in the area.
Whilst enjoying working in chamber groups and giving solo performances, Tabitha’s true passion lies in orchestral playing and so she hopes to pursue a career in this field in the future.
Francis was born and raised in Southport and first took an interest in music at around 10 years old. After being self taught, he gained a place to study piano and clarinet at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he continued studying for seven years under Manola Hatfield, Ben Powell and Heather Gordon-Redfern.
Following his childhood education, Francis pursued his studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff with pianist Graham Caskie, where he obtained a first class degree with honours. Now a Drapers’ Scholar (2017-2018) at the Royal Northern College of Music he studies with Professor Frank Wibaut, working towards his master’s degree.
He has performed for well-known musicians such as Katia and Marielle Labèque (the Labèque sisters), Nelson Georner, Steven Osborne, Stephen Kovacevich, Zhang Zuo, Roman Rabinovich, Llŷr Williams and Cordelia Williams.
Francis was the winner of the Eric Hodges Beethoven Prize and was also a finalist in the Mary Rees Chopin Competition. He has performed concerto’s by Mozart and Beethoven and also has a keen interest in arts management. Enjoying a varied musical life as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and teacher he has managed the concert series Profile Piano and the Young Virtuosi Festival in South France. Currently Francis teaches piano at Runshaw A-Level College.