ABOUT US

The Willshire Duo is comprised of husband and wife team Philippa Harrison and James Willshire. The internationally acclaimed Duo regularly tours around the UK performing a wide variety of repertoire on one or two pianos, from Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals and Britten’s works for two pianos to new commissions such as Duelogue by Rory Boyle.

In addition to their performance work Philippa and James are keen educationalists, giving masterclasses and promoting music in schools.

 In 2015 the Duo were invited to attend a winter residency at the Banff Centre where they premiered their new commission Duelogue by Rory Boyle.

Past concerts include return visits to the Fairfield Halls, recitals at the Bridgewater Hall and the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, and educational concerts with the Lilliput and Concertini concert series. The Duo are currently Making Music Selected Artists for the 2018-2019 season.


Philippa

Philippa has an extensive and varied career performing as soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and abroad. Her work as a chamber musician has been widely praised, featuring a broad repertoire and specialising in contemporary music.

She is a member of the Albany Trio, current Park Lane Group Young Artists, with whom she has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3; performing live in concert as part of International Women’s Day 2016 and appearing on BBC Radio 3 Proms Extra. The Albanys are alumni Richard Carne Junior Fellows at the Royal College of Music, winners of the Gwyneth George Award, finalists of the St Martin's Chamber Music Competition and featured artists by Making Music and the Concordia Foundation.

Philippa's concert highlights include performances at St John's Smith Square, Fairfield Halls, The Bridgewater Hall, St James's Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields, The Banff Centre, and recitals at the Tromso Festival, Harrogate International Festival and the Liszt Society Festival. Philippa's interest in contemporary music has led to frequent commissioning of new works and collaborations with composers including Charlotte Bray, Judith Bingham, Rory Boyle, Rachel Stott and Judith Weir. In both 2014 and 2015 Philippa was selected to attend winter residencies at the Banff Centre, where she premiered Duelogue by Rory Boyle with the Willshire Piano Duo, and Those Secret Eyes by Charlotte Bray.

Versatile and wide-ranging in her experience, Philippa is dedicated to educational work. She strives to encourage and familiarise young people with classical and contemporary music through her workshop leadership, and as piano teacher at Junior Guildhall.

Visit www.pippaharrison.com

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James

Heralded for performances of "spectacular musicianship and technical brilliance" (The Scotsman), "evangelizing urgency" (International Record Review) and "freshness and lucidity" (The Herald), James performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.

He appears regularly at the major UK concert halls, including the Bridgewater Hall, Barbican, Glasgow City Halls, and Royal Festival Hall, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. James's recordings of contemporary British piano music have been reviewed extensively, receiving universal acclaim.

Festival appearances include performances given by James at the 2015 The Piano Festival at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, the Lichfield, Cheltenham and Winchester Festivals, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Cantilena Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Roman River Festival, 'Il Festival di Londra', the Victoria International Arts Festival and the Paxos International Festival.

A regular performer of contemporary music, James has given world premiere performances of works by Ronald Stevenson, John McLeod, Rory Boyle, Jay Capperauld, Euan Ferguson and Richard Greer. James’s debut recording on Delphian Records featured the complete piano music by Boyle; it was released in 2011 to critical acclaim, including a five-star review from The Scotsman. In October 2013 his recording of piano music by Ronald Stevenson was released. The CD was reviewed by BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, received a five-star review in Classical Music magazine, and was awarded an IRR Outstanding by International Record Review. Other press interest for the recording included articles in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, Sinfini Music, The Arts Desk and MusicWeb International. His recording of piano music by David Jennings was chosen as one of MusicWeb International’s Recordings of the Year 2013.

Future concerts include the Debussy 2018 project, where James will be performing the complete solo piano music by Debussy throughout the year. These concerts include complete cycles in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and individual concerts in the Leeds International Concert Season, at Chetham’s School of Music and at St Andrew’s University.

James maintains a strong interest in music education and teaches the piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St Mary’s Music School.

Visit www.jameswillshire.com

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MEDIA

CONCERTS

22/03/2018
1:15 PM
Glasgow University
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Glasgow University Concert Series

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23/03/2018
7:30 PM
The Old Well Theatre, Moffat
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Moffat Music Society

Schubert: Four Polonaises D. 599
Debussy: Six Epigraphes antiques
Stevenson: Two Chinese Folk Songs
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
24/03/2018
7:45 PM
Haywards Heath Music Society
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St Wilfrid's Church, Haywards Heath

Schubert: Four Polonaises D. 599
Debussy: Six Epigraphes antiques
Ronald Stevenson: Two Chinese Folk Songs
Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade
10/08/2018
8:00 PM
Victoria Hall, Grange-over-Sands
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Grange-over-Sands and District Concert Club

Schubert: Four Polonaises D. 599
Debussy: Six Epigraphes antiques
Stevenson: Two Chinese Folk Songs
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
18/10/2018
7:30 PM
Grappenhall Village, St Wilfrid's Church, Cheshire
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Music at St Wilfrid's

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EDUCATION

The Willshire Duo make regular visits to both mainstream and SEN schools to coach young pianists, hold Q&A sessions, and perform interactive concerts. Each tailor-made visit includes a warm-up, interactive games, and a chance for students to perform if they wish.

Much of the duo repertoire that Philippa and James bring has a narrative that accompanies the music, or a highly programmatic content that is used as a way to bring the music to life.

Philippa and James hold Piano Days in schools where piano students have the opportunity to work on duets with their peers, with coaching from the Duo. These days conclude with a concert and workshop from the Duo and a chance for students to perform.


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CONTACT

+44 (0)7803 775159

pippaharrison@hotmail.com

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