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Steve Bingham (violin) and James Halsey (cello)
Steve and James present a fascinating recital of violin and cello music
Reinhold Glier: Eight Duets for violin and cello, op.39
III. Cradle Song
Aulis Sallinen: Elegie for Sebastian Knight, for solo cello
Hans Werner Henze: Serenade, for solo cello
Bach: Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue from Suite no.3 in C major, for solo cello
W Jay Sydeman: Astrid Duo, for violin and cello
III. Andante, molto rubato
Nicola LeFanu: A Cherub Dances, for solo violin
Steve Crowther: Bingham Variations, for solo violin
Trad. Japanese, arr. Maria Kaneko Millar: Sakura, for solo violin
Elizabeth Maconchy: Theme and Variations, for violin and cello
Steve Bingham studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire.
The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. The group has toured in Europe, the Middle East and Australia and has worked with distinguished musicians such as Jack Brymer, Raphael Wallfisch, Michael Collins and David Campbell.
Steve has appeared as guest leader with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. He has given solo recitals both in the UK and America and his concerto performances include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Bruch, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Sibelius, given in venues as prestigious as St. Johns’ Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall.
In recent years Steve has developed his interest in improvisation, electronics and World music, and his debut solo CD “Duplicity” was released in November 2005. He has since released four further solo albums, “Ascension”, “Third”, an eclectic mix of live-looped pieces, “The Persistence Of Vision”, which features the amazing Bach D minor Partita, and works by Michael Nyman, and, in 2021, “Touch”, a 10 track covers album. He is currently working on a CD of contemporary works for violin and electronics, many of which he has commissioned.
Beyond performing on the violin Steve is a conductor of some repute, and currently conducts the Ely Sinfonia and Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, with guest appearances with several other ensembles.
Steve is also Joint CEO of PartPlay, an exciting online music service for chamber musicians, and runs an audio and video production company called Hear Me, with his colleague Mark Fawcett.
James Halsey studied cello at the Royal College of Music with Eileen Croxford, and whilst still a senior student in the early 1980s joined the Auriol String Quartet and was straightaway involved in more than 40 recitals each season. This love of chamber music stayed and developed though his career and he is now cellist of the Bingham String Quartet and the Tagore String Trio, and was cellist of the Dartington Piano Trio. With these ensembles he has played all over the world, broadcast frequently, and made numerous recordings. At present he coaches on seven annual chamber music courses. As a solo cellist, James has performed widely in the British Isles, and has played Beethoven Sonatas and unaccompanied Bach in Japan and Australia as well as the UK. He is much in demand as a teacher and several of his former pupils are cellists in professional string quartets. He is Professor of Cello at the North East Scotland Music School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department as well as being Director of the Aboyne Cello Festival.