Charlie Lovell-Jones (violin) and David Palmer (piano)

Saturday 28th March 2020 at 7.30pm

Young violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones performed the Mendelssohn concerto at a recent Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia concert and threw off a Paganini Caprice as an encore with such aplomb that we signed him up that very evening. 


 Ernst: Caprice on Schubert's Erlkönig

Fauré: Violin Sonata No.1 (first movement)

 Poulenc: Violin Sonata

Sibelius: Berceuse and Mazurka for violin and piano

Foster, arr. Heifitz: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Bazzini: Calabrese

Bach: Sonata No.1 for unaccompanied violin

Saint Saens: Sonata No.1


Biography: Charlie Lovell-Jones

Charlie Lovell-Jones, an 18-year-old violinist from Cardiff, has been described as one of the most promising young violinists in the UK. Since his Royal Festival Hall debut at 15 when he played the Lark Ascending, Charlie's solo engagements have included appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has simultaneously directed and performed Vaughan-Williams’ Concerto Accademico with Silk Street Sinfonia and has performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in St John's Smith Square.

Charlie has won numerous prestigious competitions for instrumentalists in Wales and the UK including the coveted Blue Riband Instrumental Prize at the National Eisteddfod. He is much in demand as a recitalist and enjoys talking to audiences about the music he plays.

With the support of Cardiff City Council and the Welsh Livery Guild, he has studied for the past six summers at the Cambridge International String Academy, working with international violinists Rodney Friend and Yuzuko Horigome.

Charlie led the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain for three years, where he was awarded Leverhulme Scholarships. He is the youngest ever player with the John Wilson Orchestra, with whom he performed at the summer Prom Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. He has also performed with the Nidum Ensemble and the London Concertante.

Charlie is the youngest person to receive the prestigious Composer’s Medal for Under 25s at the Urdd Eisteddfod. Following this, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales asked Charlie to write this piece for orchestra with solo violin and soprano. Charlie's tone poem, called "Cariad Cyntaf" or "First Love" was premiered by BBC NOW, international soprano Rebecca Evans and Charlie at St David's Hall as part of their St David's Day celebratory concert in 2017.It was broadcast live on Radio Cymru to great acclaim.

Charlie studies music at Oxford University. Since starting in Autumn 2017, he has given recitals at the Beaminster Festival, Rhosygilwen International Concert Series, a number of concerto performances and played with John Wilson Orchestra in their tour covering the length and breadth of Britain.

Charlie studies with the eminent violinist Rodney Friend, former leader of the London and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, and currently plays an important Italian violin made by G.B. Guadagnini from the distinguished firm J & Arthur Beare, loaned to him by a generous benefactor.

Biography: David Palmer

David Palmer is an Oxford-based composer and pianist. As a young child, David’s preferred career option was an ‘inventor’, an ambition which was perhaps later realised in his composition studies at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. Following composition courses with the National Youth Orchestra, and further study with Robert Saxton at Oxford University, David now studies composition in The Hague with Richard Barrett.

As a pianist, ensemble playing is an important part of David’s musical life; Charlie and David met at university and continue to enjoy performing together as a duo, and a trio with cellist Angus McCall. David also enjoys accompanying local choirs, and performing orchestral keyboard parts. He regularly programmes compositions by upcoming young composers in his solo recitals, and often premieres student works. 

Interests cultivated at university include arts administration and concert organisation; David is a former Oxford University Music Society President, and former Manager of OUMS Chamber Music – the student chamber music society in Oxford. In these roles, David coordinated a large proportion of student music making in the city, and ran his own concert series. 

Alongside composition and piano, David enjoys a busy teaching schedule in Oxford.