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Adam Walker & Katya Apekisheva

Tue 26 Mar, 7:30pm

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This concert is part of Leeds International Chamber Season 2023/24: French Connections.

Adam Walker – flute
Katya Apekisheva – piano

Henri Dutilleux Sonatine for flute and piano Listen
Albert Roussel Joueurs de flûte Listen
Francis Poulenc Sonata for flute and piano Listen
Lili Boulanger Nocturne Listen
Charles-Marie Widor Suite Listen
André Jolivet Chant de Linos Listen

The brilliant pieces which open and close this programme, Sonatine by Henri Dutilleux and Chant de Linos by André Jolivet, were written as competition test pieces for the Paris Conservatoire. Charles-Marie Widor’s Suite was dedicated to flute virtuoso Paul Taffanel, one of the most influential flute professors in 19th-century Paris, and was renowned in its time for its technical demands.

The four movements of Albert Roussel’s Joueurs de flûte are each named after a flute player from literature and dedicated to major flautists of Roussel’s time. Lili Boulanger’s beautiful Nocturne reveals her prodigious talent. And finally, no recital of French flute music would be complete without Francis Poulenc’s well-loved sonata – an absolute joy to play and to hear.

This concert is the last of six in the Leeds International Chamber Season 2023/24: French Connections. Click ‘The Series’ tab to find out more information about the season, or view all concerts on our website.

Photo credits: Christa Holka and Sim Canetty-Clarke.

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The Series

This concert is the last of six in the Leeds International Chamber Season 2023/24: French Connections. View all six concerts. View the brochure online.


About the Leeds International Chamber Season 2023/24

Each year, we ask a guest Artistic Director to curate our International Chamber Season. For the 2023/24 season, flautist Adam Walker has curated the six concerts which feature some of Adam’s dearest musical friends including the Orsino Ensemble, guitarist Sean Shibe, and the Marmen Quartet.


A note from Adam Walker

As a flautist I’ve always revelled in French repertoire. The flute blossomed as a solo instrument in France and many of our best pieces were composed there. As a result, much of a flute player’s musical DNA is rooted in France.

Whilst pieces such as Francis Poulenc’s Flute Sonata are a joy to return to, it’s an equal pleasure to discover lesser-known parts of the repertoire and so, assembling this series of far-reaching French chamber music has been a delight on many levels.

I’m very excited to welcome some of my dearest musical friends to Leeds to perform. The Orsino Ensemble’s mission is to shine a light on the breadth of wonderful woodwind music, here showcasing no shortage of material from the French masters. Virtuoso guitarist Sean Shibe delves into intriguing French musical connections in an eclectic programme, including contemporary music from the British Isles by Thomas Adès, Harrison Birtwistle, and Freya Waley-Cohen. The extraordinary Marmen Quartet presents Claude Debussy’s seminal String Quartet and I’m lucky enough to perform his trio sonata for flute, viola, and harp with Anneleen Lenaerts, Principal Harp of the Vienna Philharmonic, and star violist Timothy Ridout.

Judith Weir, Master of the King’s Music, wrote her gorgeous Nuits d’Afrique especially for the wonderful Irish soprano, Ailish Tynan. Ailish and I are excited to present this great work alongside pieces by Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz and more with cellist Tim Posner and pianist James Baillieu.

No French series would be complete without a flute recital, so I’m delighted to perform music from the golden age of the French Flute School with pianist extraordinaire, Katya Apekisheva.

With so many unique musical personalities involved, I can guarantee you concerts full of flair and joie de vivre as we whisk you away to the melting pot of 1920s Paris; the salons of the Belle Époque, 17th century Scotland, Catalonia, Madagascar and more to explore the music of France and the ‘French Connection’.

Adam Walker Artistic Director




Full price: A £26, B £24
Over 60s: A £24, B £22
Full-time students, unwaged: A £13, B £12
Under 26s: A £10, B £10

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