CBSO Cellist performs in Shirley

The Solihull Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Richard Jenkinson, principal cello with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at their concert in Shirley Methodist Church at 19:30 on Saturday 30 June. Richard will be performing Shostakovich's First Cello concerto, originally written for the famous Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich in the early 1960s.

The concert, the first since the orchestra became a registered charity is being held in association with Marie Curie Cancer Care. Lynn Wood, Community Fundraising organiser said "Marie Curie Cancer Care has been working with a number of music associations in the West Midlands over the past few years, and we're delighted to have the support of the Solihull Symphony Orchestra through their summer concert".

Since joining the CBSO in 1994, Richard has combined his commitments with the orchestra with solo and Chamber Music. These activities have included founding a string Chamber Ensemble who have played at the Wigmore Hall, London, recorded their first CD which was Classic FM’s CD of the week and also has been featured and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has played concerto performances in the UK, Ireland and South America with orchestras including the BBC Concert, CBSO, Irish Chamber, Innovation Chamber Ensemble and the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. Solo cello concerts have included the complete Bach Suites at St James, Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square, Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Scotland, Wales and Malta. Richard has made several recordings including Sonatas and Variations by Martinu, Cello works by Czeslav Marek for Koch International, String Trios by Berkley, Dochanyi and Guildfoyle, a solo disc of works by Bach, Camilleri and Kodaly’s Solo Sonata opus8 and a disc with the Innovation Chamber Ensemble where he plays concertos by Boccherini, Da Vinci and Robert Farnon’s Song of Scandia.

Recent radio and T.V. appearances have included Live performances on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Saga FM, the Selina Scott Show, and BBC4 with the Innovation Chamber Ensemble. Future performances this summer include concertos by Elgar (Worcester), Shostakovich (Birmingham & London) Tchaikovsky and Colin Twigg’s Echoes of Eternity with ICE at the Deal Festival. Other performances include a recital of works for cello and organ, many performances with the Frith Piano Quartet as well as much Chamber Music in St Davids, Shropshire, Deal, Birmingham, Leamington and at the Fishguard Festival.

‘Tall, demonstrative with blond flowing locks and a wide repertoire of theatrical gestures, Richard Jenkinson personifies the earnest young virtuoso.’ (The Independent)

'Richard Jenkinson is blessed with long fair hair, good looks and charm, but more importantly, is graced with the ability to make his instrument sing with a beguiling tone’ (Birmingham Post)

'he will surely become a significant presence in our musical life' (The Independent)

‘his playing was always impressive’ (Irish Times)

‘An accolade too, for the young cellist Richard Jenkinson, whose recent recital of Brahms, Kodaly and Piazzolla at Southwark cathedral showed him to be on a par with the ubiquitous Steven Isserlis’ (The Independent)