Elise Yuill Cohen Album out now

I had the privilege of having many amazing weekends working with Elise- Jamming parts in the heart of Devon between countryside walks- In summer 2015 we performed Elise’s beautiful songs at Glastonbury Festival in two intimate venues. It was therefore very special to continue work on these songs and record them with Pete Miles producing at his stunning countryside studios in Devon.

Here is a link to the album:

Elise Yuill Cohen ‘Scarlet Begonias’


Brahms’ influences: 1st December 2017

Music for cello & piano

Join Clapham Chamber Concerts for the third concert of their new 2017-18 season. Miriam Wakeling (cello) and Panaretos Kyriatzidis (piano) present music by Brahms alongside the music of composers he was influenced by.

The programme includes Bach’s Prelude from Suite No. 2, Beethoven’s A Major Sonata No. 3 and Brahms’ own E Minor Sonata No. 1 as well as other pieces. The evening promises to be a musically rich and indulgent treat from the CCC series.

The recital starts at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church

Rectory Grove


However innovative a new composition is, or may appear to be, it will have always had at least some influence from a previous composer or genre, even if it is somewhat abstractly obvious.

In the case of Johann Brahms, his classical influences are well known.

Although Brahms lies in the Romantic period, his compositions are heavily influenced by his classical predecessors such as Bach and Beethoven. This can be clearly identified when looking at the structure of his music, both in form and in harmony.

Brahms is a great example of somebody who bridges the development of music across periods, by being a traditionalist, yet also an innovator.

Having worked with pianist and composer Clara Schumann, it is unsurprising that Brahms was greatly inspired by both her and Robert Schumann. It is known that Brahms had a close friendship with the Schumanns and highly respected their opinion and input on his compositions at the time.

Eager to perform Brahms’ dark and tempestuous E minor sonata, it therefore felt fitting to base tonight’s recital around his influences through the ages and hopefully give you a flavour of how he arrived at the deep and moving music that we hear today.

By  Miriam Wakeling

Link to website

This Saturday Christopher Guild and I are very much looking forward to performing a recital. If you’re in the area please come down!

Saturday 30th September 2017 at 7.30pm

Debussy – ‘Cello Sonata (‘cello & piano)
Ronald Stevenson – A Carlyle Suite (solo piano)

********* INTERVAL *********

Ravel – Sonate Posthume (‘cello & piano)
Bridge – ‘Cello Sonata (‘cello and piano)

Salisbury United Reformed Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury

Annual membership £14 for 8 concerts, Tickets on the door £5, Students £1, Children free
(Special concerts – £6 on the door, Students £2)