Monday 11th October 2021 at 8:00pm
St. Paul's Parish Church, Wooburn, HP10 0PW
Ewan Millar: oboe
Adrienne Black: piano
|Bach:||Flute Partita in A minor|
|Bach:||Sinfonia from the Easter Oratorio|
|Marcello:||Oboe Sonata in D minor, Movement 2|
|Richard Rodney Bennett:||After Syrinx|
|Kalliwoda:||Morceau de Salon|
|Jeffrey Agrell:||Blues for D.D.|
Oboist Ewan Millar, Grand Finalist of of the BBC Young Musician competition 2020, won the Woodwind Category Final at the age of eighteen. He went on to reach the Final at Bridgewater Hall where he performed ‘Legacy’ by Óscar Navarro with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
In 2022, he will perform as soloist with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra after winning the 2020 Senior Concerto competition. Previous highlights include performances at Windsor Festival and at The Royal Albert Hall in ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ with Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra, in addition to concerto performances with Reading Symphony Orchestra and Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra.
Ewan reads Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and performs regularly with numerous ensembles including Oxford University Orchestra, Oxford Sinfonietta, the Holywell Wind Trio, the Oxford Baroque Players, and contemporary music group ‘Ensemble ISIS’.
Originally from Reading, Ewan has been playing the oboe since he was eight, firstly with Nicky Fairbairn and now with Melanie Ragge at Royal Academy of Music. He has participated in masterclasses with Gilles Silvestrini, Celia Craig and Jonathan Small in addition to one-off private lessons with Nicholas Daniel and Gordon Hunt.
Ewan is grateful to the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) for their generous support in their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician Finalists.
“Rarely appearing to take a breath, he swept through all moods with rather hushed
aplomb...he seemed utterly at one with his instrument and music.”
BBC Young Musician Final / The Times / May 2021
"The outstanding principal oboe part, played by Ewan Millar, danced with exquisite elegance and sombre yearning beneath the rich warmth of the strings and woodwind."
Oxford Sinfonietta / Oxford University Music Society Journal / November 2019
Adrienne Black studied at the Royal College of Music where she completed her Dip RCM, Advanced Performance Studies and won the inter-collegiate Raymond Russell and Geoffrey Tankard harpsichord prizes.
She has since pursued a varied career at home and abroad as chamber-musician, accompanist and harpsichordist playing diverse repertoire from Lambert’s Rio Grande and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia to the complete Brandenburg Concertos with the Oxford Philharmonic.
Adrienne is the Artistic Director for ‘Concerts in Caversham’ – a professional chamber-music concert series which she set up ten years ago with her husband – the oboist Timothy Watts and cellist daughter, Naomi Watts, performing chamber music with and accompanying many fine musicians from the top London orchestras.
As an accompanist Adrienne has played in master-classes for some of this country’s leading soloists and teachers, often at the Royal College of Music. She also plays for summer schools, conservatoire/university recitals and auditions and is on the panel of accompanists for the Royal College of Music.
Adrienne accompanied Ewan in both the televised finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and she is currently Senior Piano Tutor and Accompanist at Bradfield College.