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Michael Heath: Suit Suite (.mp3) - AA001MP3FP
Michael Heath: Suit Suite (.mp3)

Amalgamated Arts represents the works of Michael Heath and Suit Suite is its first CD release. Known originally for his compositions for the theatre, Michael’s work has broadened into writing for the concert platform. This led to a commission for a new string quartet for Londinium IV - the quartet from the London Philharmonic Orchestra - and the success of its premiere led to this recording, for which Michael specially composed the Three Dance Duets for violin and ‘cello. The CD also features the first recording of his piano suite Arcady and the song cycle Wave Songs. These exciting, dramatic, romantic and tonal works have broad popular appeal for classical music fans.

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Michael Heath: Suit Suite - string quartet in four movements
Michael Heath: Arcady - four pastoral miniatures for solo piano
Michael Heath: Three Dance Duets - for unaccompanied violin and cello
Recorded: 19th August 2015, Church of St Paul, New Southgate, UK & 5th October 2015, Red Gables Facilities Ltd., Greenford, Middlesex, UK
Recording Producer:  Michael Ponder  
Recording Engineer:  Michael Ponder
Release Date:  October 2016

Londinium IVLondinium IV String Quartet is formed of players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has a busy and exciting future ahead. Combining new repertoire with the great quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven has been a huge success and in 2015 Londinium IV recorded and commissioned a new work by Michael Heath. In such a short time since its inception, Londinium IV already has a tour of Asia planned and concerts for 2016/17 are also scheduled.

Katherine Tinker - pianoKatherine is a pianist residing in London, and is a Park Lane Group Young Artist. She has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Lindbury Studio Theatre Covent Garden, and at the Kings Place Festival. Her debut duo recital at the Purcell Room with clarinettist Max Welford was described as “excellent…oozing class” (The Guardian), and as having “real dynamism and cohesion, a sense of conversation” (The Times). She was invited to play the music of Graham Fitkin for a BBC Proms Plus event which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and will be premiering a new work by RPS award winning composer Philip Dawson later this year. This season she will be making her debut solo recording, touring with London Contemporary Orchestra soloists and Jonny Greenwood to Russia and Hungary, record with the London Symphony Orchestra and LSO Live as orchestral pianist, and play in a new opera with English Touring Opera. She will also perform Morton Feldman's last work: Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano.

Katherine enjoys playing contemporary music and has most recently given world premieres of works by Martin Butler, Shiva Feshareki, Laura Harrison, and the UK premiere of "Fast" by Jonny Greenwood.  She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Harrison Ensemble, winners of Help Musicians UK "Emerging Excellence," and has performed with them at venues including the Roundhouse Camden, and the Space Dartington with Animate Dance and Megan Saunders Dance.  
Katherine studied music at Christ Church, Oxford, where she was awarded a Joan Conway instrumental scholarship. On graduating, she studied for a Masters degree in piano performance at the Royal College of Music, under teachers Niel Immelman and Andrew Ball. Her early piano studies were with Ronald Smith, Yonty Solomon and Ian Jones.

Alison ArnoppAlison Arnopp has studied both classical singing (Royal College of Music) and musical theatre (Royal Academy of Music) at post graduate level in London, after initially training and working as a stage and television actress in her home city of Cork, Ireland (University College Cork, Queen's University Belfast). 

Theatre Credits include: Julie - Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Josie Rourke, Donmar Warehouse), Dusty Springfield - Dusty (Christian Durham, Charing Cross theatre), Eugenius! (Michael Jibson & Ian Talbot, London Palladium) Kate O'Donovan - T'ain't a Bird, (workshop, Tamara Harvey, Arts Theatre), Ophelia Van de Scab - Constance & Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams (Alexandra Spencer Jones, Action to the Word, CPT), Young Shepherd (Tannhauser, Dir. Tim Albery, Royal Opera House), 2nd Lady (The Magic Flute, London Youth Opera), Alison (The Wandering Scholar, Opera Les Fauves), Soloist (Thursford Christmas Spectacular), Featured vocalist (The Fingask Follies), Choir (Celtic Woman, Songs from the Heart US Tour).

She has also provided session vocals for folk, pop and funk bands as well as animations and short films. 

Screen credits: Leadra Ramm (Obsession:Dark Desires, Investiagtion Discovery(US) Crime and Investigation(UK).

Alison has been supported by Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award (MBF), Irish Arts Council, Josephine Baker Trust, Lionel Bart Foundation.

In 2013 she was awarded third prize in the international Lotte Lenya Singing Competition, the criteria of which spans opera and classic and contemporary American musical theatre repertoire. Alison has been supported by the Professional Development Grant (2014 & 2015) from the Kurt Weill Foundation and would like to extend her thanks to the Foundation for their continued support.

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