16/04/16 Duo Dorado

On Saturday 16 April, we have Duo Dorado, treating us to a a programme called Masters of the Baroque. As usual, the concert starts at 7.00 p.m., in St Andrew’s Church, Curry Rivel.

Hazel Brooks, violin, viola d’amore

David Pollock, harpsichord

Masters of the Baroque


Toccata and Chaconne Daniel Purcell (c.1664-1717)
Sonata in F, from Essercizii musici
Andante, allegro, siciliana, allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Prelude no. 7 in B flat, from L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin
Les Barricades misterieuses and Le Moucheron from Pieces de Clavecin, book 2
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Sonata in A, BWV 1015
Dolce, allegro, andante un poco, presto
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Rosary Sonata no. 12 ‘The Ascension’
Intrada, aria tubicinum, allemande, courante-double
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704)
Sonata in C, K. 501, Allegretto
Sonata in C, K. 502, Allegro
Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Suite in D minor, from Ayres for the Violin, book 4
Preludio, Fuga in fantasia, Grave, Ground
Nicola Matteis (?-c.1713)
L’Estate, from Le Quattro Stagioni, RV315
Allegro non molto, adagio, presto
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Duo Dorado

Prize-winning early-music specialists Hazel Brooks and David Pollock are fired by a shared commitment to bring music of the baroque period to a wider audience.  They have been working together for over ten years and have performed extensively throughout the UK and beyond.  Hazel and David have developed a sensitive and communicative performing style and their programmes have been praised for their varied and colourful textures.  They have a particular interest in early English music and have released a number of CDs, the latest being ‘The Unknown Purcell’ on the Chandos label.

 Hazel Brooks studied at Clare College, Cambridge. After graduation she went on to study the violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig, and the Guildhall School of Music in London, where she specialised in early music.  Here she won the Christopher Kite Memorial Prize and the Bankers Trust Pyramid Award, and she was a finalist in the international competitions in York and Antwerp.

Hazel now works regularly as a recitalist and in chamber ensembles.  She has given solo recitals in most major venues throughout the UK as well as in Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain.  She is also frequently asked to lead orchestras and appear as a concerto soloist, and has released a number of CDs.

Hazel also has an interest in unusual instruments, especially the viola d’amore, and is in demand as a medieval-fiddle specialist throughout Europe and America.  Hazel is also a researcher at the University of Leeds, investigating violin manuscripts music seventeenth-century England, sponsored by WRoCAH and the AHRC.

David Pollock studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music.  He took up historical performance because of a longstanding love for the music of J. S. Bach, and soon came to specialise in the harpsichord, winning the Croft Early Music First Prize.

Since then he has appeared at such venues as the Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, St George’s Bristol, St. David’s Hall Cardiff, and Fairfield Halls Croydon, and has performed in international music festivals in Great Britain and abroad to critical acclaim.  He has established a reputation as an interpreter of the keyboard works of J. S. Bach and is in demand as a recitalist and concerto soloist.  Notable projects have included the complete harpsichord concertos of J. S. Bach and the complete virginals music of William Byrd.  He has released three solo recordings, in addition to CDs released with Duo Dorado and The Parnassian Ensemble.