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Laura van der Heijden and Jâms Coleman – 10th SJE Arts International Piano Series

Sun 28 May 18:00 - 20:00

Laura van der Heijden, cello
Jâms Coleman, piano


Beethoven 12 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’
Lili Boulanger Reflets
Florence Price Night
Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo: Sonetto XXX
Britten Sonata in C For Cello and Piano Op. 65
Debussy Cello Sonata in D Minor, L. 135
Fauré Claire de Lune
Nadia Boulanger 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano
George Walker Cello Sonata


Please note alterations to the originally advertised programme:
In order to create a better flow of moods and styles, Laura and Jâms have made minor alterations to their programme. In the first half, Florence Price’s ‘Night’ replaces Swanson’s ‘Night Song’, and in the second, 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano by Nadia Boulanger replaces Beethoven’s 12 Variations on Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen.


Laura van der Heijden and Jâms Coleman present a delightful programme of works for cello and piano, many of them based around songs and the imagery that they evoke. Lili Boulanger, Florence Price and Benjamin Britten set poems about the sky at night: the moon and water, the rich beauty of blackness and, in Sonneto XXX, a lonesome lover comparing himself to the moon which is invisible ‘except that it is illumined by the sun’. The programme starts with a set of Beethoven variations on an aria from The Magic Flute and in the second half Nadia Boulanger, elder sister of Lili, is brought out of the shade.

Winner of BBC Young Musician at the age of just 15, Laura van der Heijden is a very special emerging talent, captivating audiences with the sensitivity of her sound and interpretations. She  performs as soloist with leading orchestras, is a passionate chamber musician and a member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. In 2022, her album, ‘Pohádka – Tales from Prague to Budapest’ – with Jâms Coleman, piano, was released on the Chandos label.

Jâms Coleman performs as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He has collaborated with instrumentalists including Hélène Clément, Timothy Ridout and Ben Goldscheider and with singers James Gilchrist, Nicholas Mulroy and Alish Tynan. Recent highlights include a BBC Radio 3 broadcast from St David’s Hall, Cardiff with Sir Bryn Terfel and recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Elizabeth Watts, Felix Kemp, and Michael Mofidian.



A limited number of free tickets are available for 8-25 year olds through the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Please ask at the concert box office.

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Date and Time

Sun 28 May
18:00 - 20:00
£17-£30 (under 25s, students & carers £7-£20)


SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH


SJE Arts