Saturday 22 August 2020
Huw Wiggin and Oliver Wass

Seemingly Unlikely

Saxophonist Huw Wiggin and Harpist Oliver Wass first met and formed their duo in 2016, brought together by a shared love of the repertoire for saxophone and harp. Huw and Oliver continue to develop and refine their programmes of music for this unusual pairing of instruments, and have particularly enjoyed recent engagements at Absolute Classics and Gower Festival.

“I was particularly struck by the Debussy arrangements, ‘Arabesque No. 1’ and ‘The Girl with the Flaxen Hair’, where Wiggin is partnered by Oliver Wass’s harp. A seemingly unlikely combination that works real magic.” - Robert Hugill

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Music on arrival (from 3:15 pm)

  • Coco Tomita, violin
  • Yume Tomita, violin
  • Piecews by Enescu, Bartok and Bach as solos and duettes 

Main performance (from 4:00 pm)

  • Huw Wiggin, saxophone
  • Oliver Wass, harp

  • programme to be announced


Recital Format

  • Performances on Saturday with postponement to Sunday in case of bad weather
  • Please do not arrive before 3 pm but you are welcome to arrive after this time and enjoy the garden
  • First act music will be performed from 3:15 pm
  • Main performance from 4 pm for one hour
  • Bring your own rugs, deck chairs or borrow one of our blue recital chairs
  • Picnics, including food and drink, welcomed
  • Advance car park bookings required
  • Additional guests, in the same household and vehicle, are welcome on the day; please pay by cash or cheque on arrival. No change will be available
  • An outdoor, socially distanced event, following COVID-Secure protocol.

Recital Tickets

  • Tickets are £15 for Adults
  • Children, where in the same household group, are free.

Parking Guidelines

  • Parking availability drives the capacity for this event
  • Guests are encouraged to travel by foot or bicycle
  • Parking will be provided only if reserved at the time of booking; no additional space will be available without a booking
  • There is no on-street parking available
  • Please patiently follow car parking instructions on arrival
  • Please be considerate of neighbours, fellow road users and guests.

Bad Weather - Rain Check Days

  • In the event of bad weather, we will endeavour to inform participants as early as possible; please check our website frequently
  • It is our plan to postpone Saturday events to Sunday at the same time.  If this proves impossible, a full refund will be made.

Event Cancellations & Refunds

  • Due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding Covid-19 and public events, the recital may be cancelled or postponed at any time.  A full refund will be made.
  • If you are unable to attend or change your mind, we respectfully request that you do not seek a refund.  We will waive our usual refund conditions at these times.

COVID Secure Protocol, Risk and Liability

  • Your booking and attendance at these events confirms agreement with our COVID-Secure Protocol for the protection of guests and adherence to government guidelines
  • Guests not following the protocol will be asked to leave
  • Breinton Recital Society is covered for £5m of public liability insurance
  • However, guests attend at their on risk and we cannot accept any liability for infection contracted at this event.

Please note:  No smoking is allowed at the venue.  Please do not bring dogs or any other pets to these recitals.

Anna Fedorova

Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation.

He has performed in venues as far afield as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing – where he gave recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s Saxo Rhapsody – as well as those closer to home such as London’s Wigmore Hall. Other past highlights include appearances at Brighton, Newbury, Henley, Ripon and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His performance of Milton Babbitt’s Accompanied Recitative was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on ‘Hear and Now’ to celebrate the composer’s centenary.

Anna Fedorova

Oliver Wass holds a First Class Masters Degree from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Imogen Barford. He graduated from the University of York with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry.

He recently won the Suoni d’Arpa International Competition in Italy, the Jury Prize at the International Harp Competition in Szeged, and Second Prize at the Bromsgrove International Competition. He is the only harpist to win the Guildhall Gold Medal – the London conservatoire’s most prestigious prize. Previous winners of the competition include Jacqueline du Pré, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little.

Anna Fedorova

Yume Tomita was born in the UK in 2008 and began to play the violin when she was five years old. She was invited to give her first recital at the age of seven in Italy, and in the following year she was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she studied with Natasha Boyarsky, Diana Galvydyte and is currently studying with Ning Kam.

Within the last two years, Yume has won 1st prize at the Ilona Feher International Violin Competition in Hungary (2019), 2nd prize at the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy (2019) and 3rd prize at the Grumiaux International Violin Competition in Belgium (2018).

Anna Fedorova

The UK based Japanese violinist Coco Tomita is a winner of the BBC Young Musician 2020 Strings Category. Previously, Coco won various other prizes at international competitions and festivals including Golden Medals at the Vienna International Music Competition 2019 and Berliner International Music Competition 2019, Carl Flesch Prize at the Carl Flesch Academy 2019, 3rd Prize in the Junior section of the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition (Italy) and 1st prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition 2017.