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Rescheduled 21 January: Philippa Mo @3.30 pm

The internationally acclaimed violinist Philippa Mo makes her first visit to Calstock. Philippa studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. She now performs extensively as a chamber musician and has given performances and live broadcasts worldwide, including her acclaimed debut at the Wigmore Hall, the Ankara International Music festival and the Lincoln Center, New York. Recent solo tours have taken her as far afield as Australia, Brazil and China. In 2020, Philippa won the Future Classic Women Awards held by the Women’s Radio Station.

As a champion of contemporary music, Philippa has worked closely with many leading British composers including Gabriel Prokofiev, David Matthews, John McCabe, Cecilia McDowell and Jim Aitchison and has given premieres of their solo and violin duo works. She has established an ongoing relationship with Tate St Ives and recorded a solo work written for her by Leo Geyer on the anniversary of Barbara Hepworth to be used as a sound installation at the Tate.


Suite Fantasia Caprice

Philippa begins her programme with joyful Telemann and the well loved
and deeply contemplative Sonata in G minor by Bach is later balanced by
his stunning Suite in D major for solo cello. Philippa introduces both a
Guardian Angel and a Wounded Angel, then takes us through the roles of
the violin within the Argentian tango of PIazzolla and African American
blues.  The programme closes with an implish and richly coloured folkish
Fairytale Suite.

Since the Baroque era and before, the instrument together with master
virtuoso performers has encouraged experiments and imagination in
musical practice. The violin has been called upon to be the voice of
darkest moments and at happiest occasions. It has been the voice of
angels and devils alike…

Come along to explore the the fantasy the instrument has inspired in
these varied musical worlds.


Suite Fantasia Caprice


Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasia no.2 in G major

Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonata for solo violin in G minor

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Passacaglia

Astor Piazzolla – Tango Etude

Coleridge Taylor Perkinson – Blue/s Forms

Johann Sebastian Bach – Cello Suite no. 6 in D major (arr. for violin by Ferdinand David)

Marcus Paus – Wounded Angel

Bjarne Brustad – Fairytale Suite



“…faultless technique and unfailing insight.” Gramophone Magazine

”…. the expertise of Mo’s near- instantaneous transitions from one style to another was often startling and always impressive.” Classical Source

“Philippa Mo has a lovely warm sound in the lower register that can turn remarkably dark; she possesses a silky-smooth legato.”  Musicweb International




Image credit: Guy Carpenter

Refreshments and cake will be available too!


£12 advance / £15 on the door. £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts


Doors/bar 3.00pm (tea/coffee & cake also available in interval)

Performance 3.30pm

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