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Young soloists of Norway take on London

 Date:22/09/2006 - 23/09/2006
 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, London

The highly respected Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo brings a number of Norwegian young soloists along with world-renowned musicians Henning Kraggerud and Soon-Mi Chung to London for two concerts in London.

The Barratt Due Institute of Music, which was founded in 1927 by pianist Mary Barratt Due and violinist Henrik Due, has played a central role in music education in Norway for almost 80 years. Drawing on a more continental frame of reference than is usually found in Norway, children, young people and adult students are all taught under the same roof. With its three departments, the Music School Department, the Young Talent Department and the Music College Department, the institute is perhaps conforming to the founders’ motto “Music from kindergarten to concert stage” more closely than ever before.

Through the Young Talent Department, the institute wishes to create an environment that fosters the expansive development of young musicians. The department has undergone constant development, and as a result of the competence accumulated from many years of experience, the Barratt Due Institute of Music is today regarded as one of the leading developers of talented musicians in Europe. In recent years, the department’s pupils have done remarkably well in many national and international contexts, such as competitions, festivals and concerts.

Stephan Barratt-Due, principal and artistic director with the Barratt Due Institute of Music said of the London concerts: “We are proud to be able to present 90 young, talented musicians in London, a musical metropolis of the world. We are grateful to all those who are opening their doors to us, both concert venues and educational institutions. We hope that new ties will be forged and that our visit will help to reinforce people’s belief in a vibrant future for classical music. We should particularly like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us, sponsors, the Norwegian authorities through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Norwegian Embassy in London.”

The first concert, entitled ‘Strings of Norway’, at St. John’s Smith Square, will feature Soon-Mi Chung and Alf Richard Kraggerud. The second concert, at Wigmore Hall, includes Barratt Due Junior Orchestra and Henning Kraggerud.

Friday 22 September 7.30pm
Barratt Due Institute of Music Presents Strings of Norway
St. John’s,
Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Soon-Mi Chung
Since an extraordinary violin debut in 1982, violinist and violist Chung has performed extensively, including soloist appearances with all the Norwegian symphony orchestras and toured in most of the Central European countries as well as in Asia, South America, India and the USA. Soon-Mi has been a key-member on the faculty of Barratt Due since 1984. She initiated and started the junior orchestra, and has been on the forefront in developing the ‘Young Talents’ department.

Alf Richard Kraggerud
Alf Richard Kraggerud is one of Norway’s leading violin teachers, especially well known for his work with the young. He is also a much sought after conductor. Since 1999 Alf Richard’s main function has been as leader of the ‘Young Talents’ section at the Barratt Due Institute of Music. Over the last 10 years his pupils have won more than a hundred music prizes nationally and internationally.

  • Artistic leaders: Soon-Mi Chung and Alf Richard Kraggerud
  • Leader: Eldbjørg Hemsing
  • Mozart: Divertimento in F-major
  • Grieg: Heart Wounds and Norwegian
  • Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile for cello and strings
  • Soloist: Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wærvågen, cello
  • Kilar: Orawa
  • Bjørklund: Arctos for violin and strings
  • Soloist: Amelie Lied Haga, violin
  • Sibelius: Romance in C-major
  • Shostakovich: Concerto for piano and trumpet no. 1 Op.35
  • Soloists: Mathias Susaas Halvorsen, piano and Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet
  • Conductor: Alf Richard Kraggerud

Tickets £10/£5 (concessions £5) from the Box Office, St. John's, Smith Square. Tel: 020 7222 1061. Mastercard, Visa and Maestro accepted. Buy online, click here. Advance Booking: The Box Office is open from 10am-5pm (until 6pm on concert days) Monday to Friday.


Saturday 23 September 7.30pm
Barratt Due Institute of Music Presents international prize-winners Young Soloists of Norway with world-renown violinist Henning Kraggerud
Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Henning Kraggerud, Violin
Henning Kraggerud, is one of Scandinavia’s most important young artists. He has already performed with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony, Stockholm Radio and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester as well as many of the British orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Halle and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Barratt Due Junior Orchestra
Since its foundation in 1986 Barratt Due’s Junior Orchestra has been the centre for development of young string players in Norway. The Junior Orchestra has performed at most of the Norwegian music festivals, and has acquired a reputation that reaches far outside musical circles. Its members are between 12 and 18 years old and in the wake of the orchestra’s development a number of new string orchestras have been born at the Barratt Due.

  • Ravel: Jeux d'eau
  • Svendsen: Octet for strings
  • Grieg: Andante con moto in c-minor for piano trio
  • Shostakovich: Piano trio No. 1 in C-minor Op. 8
  • Bach: Violin Concerto in A-minor and works by Cassado, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Nordheim, Prokofiev and Friedman

Tickets £8, £9, £11, £13
Box Office Hours Mon–Sat: 10am–8.30pm. Sun: 10.30am–5pm (10.30am–8.30pm if there is a Sun evening performance). Days without concerts Mon–Fri: 10am–5pm.  No advance booking during the half hour prior to performance. Telephone Bookings 020 7935 2141. Mon– Sat: 10am–7pm. Sun: 10.30am– 4pm (10.30am–7pm if there is a Sun evening performance). There is a £1.50 administration charge for each telephone transaction. Online bookings, click here.



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The Barratt Due Institute of Music is renown for its work with young musiciansPhoto: barrattdue.no

Henning Kraggerud is back in London and plays Wigmore Hall on 23 September