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Saturday,11th July, 6.30pm 



Michael Temporal Darell (Baritone) and Francesca Lauri (piano) in a vocal and piano recital

From Bach to Bernstein



Mache dich mein Herze rein   – JS Bach from St. Matthew Passion BWV 244

Liederkreis op. 24 – Schumann

Oh what a beautiful morning – R Rodgers

Lonely Town – Bernstein

Prelude and Fugue in C# minor – JS Bach (piano solo)

Nocturne in C minor op 48 No. 1 – Chopin (piano solo)


Michael Temporal Darell (baritone)

Originally from Henley, Baritone Michael Temporal Darell was a joint principal study singer and composer at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Academy. During this time he was taught voice by John Lattimore. Following this he attended a short term music programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was under the tutelage of Marcus van den Akker. Michael studies at the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship. Michael is taught by both Marcus van den Akker and Raymond Connell.


He has performed both in ensembles and as a soloist around Europe in venues such as: the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Cathedral, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall as well as performing as a soloist on multiple occasions for the Tilford Bach Society’s Conservatoire Concert series. Michael has sung in classes with Dame Ann Murray, Sarah Walker CBE, Richard Jackson, Kim Lillian Strebel, Michael Pugh, Richard Stokes, Stephan Loges and Graham Clark. In 2019 he has performed a solo recital as part of the Tilford Bach Society’s first ever Bach day as well as partaking in the Music on Mondays charity recital series at St Michael at the Northgate Church in Oxford. He is also the youngest ever recipient of the Most Promising Young Singer award at the Somerset Song Prize where he performed with Francesca Lauri. Michael has recently performed the roles of Fiorello and Uffiziale from ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ for Scherzo and a supporting role in ‘Pagliacci’ for Opera at Home and is a member of the Student Scheme at Philharmonia Chorus.

Francesca Lauri (piano)

Born in 2000, Franceca Lauri is studying at Trinity Laban on the undergraduate BMus piano course. She was the recipient of the Lee Family and Gladys Britton Scholarships in her first year and is currently a Trinity Scholarship Scholar. She is studying with Sergio De Simone, the head of the keyboard department.

Previously Francesca attended the Purcell School of Music where she studied piano with Andrew Ball and harpsichord with David Gordon. During her time at Purcell she regularly performed at the Fazioli Hall in Italy and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow as part of the biannual keyboard festivals, performed solos both outside school and in internal concerts. These include Beaulieu Abbey, Lingfield, Bromley, Leeds International Lunchtime concert series, Goldaming, Oxford. She was also awarded the school’s Leaver’s prize: the Felsenstein Scholarship.

Francesca was the only pianist on the Purcell School Chamber Academy course for several years performing works such as Schumann Piano Quintet and Brahms Piano Quartet. She also was the accompanist for the song class and collaborated extensively with the school’s official accompanists.

In 2016 Francesca performed at the Wigmore Hall both for the Chamber music Coffee Morning Series and later in the year as a soloist. She then returned in 2018 performing in duo.

She has since performed solos in Godalming, Waltham Abbey, The Old Royal Naval Chapel, Oxford, Bolzano A.B.Michelangeli’s Hall (Italy).

On the harpsichord Francesca accompanied the school opera productions of Dido and Aeneas and Venus and Adonis as well as performing for several years in the Purcell School Baroque Chamber Ensemble. The Ensemble has performed several times at the Blackheath Early Music Festival, Godalming Baroque Festival and various venues in London.

At present Francesca is collaborating with several singers and recently got commended with Soprano, Bethan Terry, in the Lillian Ashe French Song competition by Malcolm Martineau. She has appeared in several concerts and competitions with singers both in London and nationally. She was a finalist with her regular partner, baritone Michael Temporal Darrell, in the 2019 Somerset Song Competition.

Future engagements will take her to Oxford, Godalming and the Old Royal Naval Chapel in Greenwich.

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Irina Lyakhovskaya (pianist)


Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata No. 2 in G major, op. 49 

Kreisler – Rachmaninov : Liebeslied

Johannes Brahms : Sonata No. 3 in F minor, op. 5

Irina Lyakhovskaya is a highly regarded pianist performing as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. She has given many performances at leading international venues including the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Smetana Hall and Porto Coliseum and at concert clubs and festivals across the UK.

Irina has recorded the complete Mozart Sonatas for Piano and Violin with violinist Eleanor Percy for the Melodiya label as well as sonatas by Brahms and Prokofiev for the IMLab label. As a concerto soloist, she has performed works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Skryabin and Rachmaninov. She lives in London and is a faculty member at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Born in St Petersburg, she studied with Alexander Sandler at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and with John Bingham in London.


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The Violin and Cello Duo

 Arda Karakaya and Helena Švigelj 


Antonin Dvorak: Humoresque

Émile Goué: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 3

I Animé

II Très lent

III Très vif

Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango

Bordello 1900

Cafe 1930

Jules Massenet: Meditation from Thais

George Frideric Handel/Johan Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello


Arda Karakaya

Turkish violinist Arda Karakaya took his first violin lessons at the age of 9 from Alaaddin Canbay in Van. In 2002, he entered the Ankara State Conservatory and continued his studies with Reyyan Yücelen Başaran. He gained his Bachelor’s degree one year earlier than expected, by virtue of his outstanding achievements as the most successful student of the violin department in 2011. He continued his studies at the Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria with Silvia Marcovici. Later, he studied with Ildiko Moog in Ankara.

The prominent Turkish violinist Cihat Aşkın has been coaching and supporting Arda from the beginning of his musical career. During his training, he participated in many masterclasses and studied with violinists such as Alexander Vinnitski, Mincho Minchev, Lutsia İbragimova, James Buswell, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Hagai Shaham, Guy Braunstein and Lewis Kaplan. He has appeared many times as a soloist with the Hacettepe Youth and Academic Orchestras. In 2012, he performed several concerts as a soloist with National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Turkey as part of the Eurochestries International Music Festival in France. His performances received highly rated reviews from the French press.

Arda appears regularly as a guest artist at many concerts and recitals throughout Turkey and the UK. He also worked as a research assistant at the Yüzüncü Yıl University Turkish Music State Conservatory in Van where he gave violin lessons between 2015-2017.

He graduated with a Masters in violin performance with distinction from the Royal College of Music, London in 2019. He studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky as a prestigious ABRSM International Scholar supported by an ISH Award. As a member of Southbank Sinfonia, he has performed at important venues such as the Barbican Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, King’s Place and the Royal Albert hall as part of the BBC Proms festival. Arda is generously supported by “ÇEV Young Talents Project” with the financial support of “QNB Finans Bank” and Talent Unlimited.


Helena Švigelj

Helena Švigelj is a young Slovenian cellist, recipient of many prizes such as 1st Prize at Soloist Competition 2018, Silver Medal of Worshipful Musicians Company, John Thompson String Ensemble Prize, 1st Prize at CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2017, 1st prize at the Vera Kantrovich Bach competition 2016, 1st prize at the Vivian Joseph classical concerto competition 2016. In July, she completed her Postgraduate Artist Diploma with Distinction at Trinity Laban Music and Dance Conservatoire in London, in the class of renowned professor, David Cohen.

As soloist she performed with established orchestras like Slovenian Philharmonics Orchestra, Orchestra of Royal conservatory of Mons (In Belgium and France), Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de chambre de Wallonie and NOVA philharmonics.

Other musicians that Helena had worked with include Jessica Cottis, Paul Barritt, An Ting Chang, George Jackson, Rivka Golani, David Parry, Yi-Chen Lin, Uxia Martinez Botana, Jodie Devos. Just to name a few.

As passionate chamber musician, Helena has performed in Great Britain, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, China, China, Germany, Italy, France and Austria. She played at renowned venues like Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martins in the Fields, St. James Piccadilly, Blackheath Halls Recital room, ORNC Chapel, PoundArts Centre, Slovenian Philharmonics Hall, Studio 4 in Flagey, Brussels. 

She has been asked to perform at festivals such as Shanghai International Arts Festival 2019, Chinese Arts Now Festival in London 2019, »Les sons intensifs« in Lessines (Belgium), Grange Festival (Hampshire), festival in Föhr (Germany), festival »Côté cour & côté jardin«, festival de Wallonie (Belgium), »Il Concertando« Festival in Rome (Italy), festival Lent and Glasbena Mladina Ljubljanska (Slovenia).