David Watkins Michael Bochmann

21st February David Watkins

David Watkins, Michael Bochmann and Jane Leslie Mackenzie

Michael Bochmann Jane Leslie Mackenzie ‘An Evening of Musical Delights’ Celebrated harpist David Watkins and violinist Michael Bochmann collaborate with soprano Jane Leslie Mackenzie in a varied musical concert.

Sponsored by MRS MARY CANHAM.

Michael Bochmann Biography

Brought up in Turkey and England, Michael Bochmann has been well known in British musical life for several decades. He has performed in the USA, all over Europe and in India.

While still a student Michael was a finalist and winner of the British Prize in the 1972 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. A year later, he was a prizewinner in the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris. At only 19, he made his first solo broadcasts for the BBC.

During his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London  he was a pupil of the famous teacher Frederick Grinke. Later he received lessons from Sándor Végh and Henryk Szeryng

In February 1990 Michael partnered Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the Bach Double Violin Concerto in a most successful tour of 16 concerts throughout the USA and Canada.

His appearances as a soloist throughout Britain have taken him to major concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. James’s Palace, London; Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedrals; Tewkesbury Abbey in the Three Choirs Festival; Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

He frequently directs the English String Orchestra and has performed as soloist with them many times in the UK and abroad. His recording of “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams with the ESO on the Nimbus label has been broadcast many times on Radio 3 and Classic FM.

He formed the Bochmann Quartet in 1977 with which he made over 50 broadcasts within their first 10 years.

He has an immensely successful duo partnership with the harpist, David Watkins. Their recent CD ‘Sacred and Profane” is a favourite on Classic FM.

Michael performs with several pianists, most recently making a recording of short pieces “Rondino I with Michael Blackmore.

He is very active as a teacher and is a professor of violin and chamber music at Trinity College of Music in London. He also gives private lessons, master classes and residential courses at his home in Gloucestershire.

Jane Leslie MacKenzie


Jane Leslie MacKenzie Jane Leslie MacKenzie was born in British Columbia, Canada and following a degree in music from the University of Victoria where she studied with the Canadian recitalist Frances James Adaskin, came to London to continue her vocal studies. As part of her studies, she attended the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, attending masterclasses given by Sir Peter Pears, Nancy Evans, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Galina Vishnevskaya and consequently performed at the Aldeburgh Festival performing with the Britten Pears Orchestra. She made her operatic debut with Kent Opera as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and since then has performed with most of the major British opera companies. With English National Opera she has sung the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Marzelline (Fidelio); with Opera North, Pamina (Die Zauberflö te), Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress), Marzelline, Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte) , Mimì (La Bohè me) and Donna Elvira; with Scottish Opera, Micaë la (Carmen), Pamina and the Countess, with Welsh National Opera, Mimi and with the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (now the Birmingham Opera Company) the title role in Zaï de, Margué rite (Faust) and the acclaimed production of Fidelio which was televised live for BBC4 and won Graham Vick the Southbank Show Award in 2003.

In 1994, she made her Covent Garden debut as the Countess in Massenet’s Cherubin , a role she later performed with the Opera de Monte Carlo. Other performances abroad both in opera, concert and recital include Pamina in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Micaë la in Edmonton, the Governess (the Turn of the Screw), Dafne (Apollo e Dafne) in Batignano, First Lady (Die Zauberflö te) in Geneva, Margué rite and Alice Ford (Falstaff) for the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. She and David have done several recitals together including a private recital in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales at Gwydir Castle in Wales in 1998.

Miss MacKenzie now lives in Kent with her husband, two children and an odd assortment of livestock and bees!

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  1. 21st February David Watkins Michael Bochmann Jane Leslie Mackenzie
    ‘An Evening of Musical Delights’ Celebrated harpist David Watkins and violinist Michael Bochmann collaborate with soprano Jane Leslie Mackenzie in a varied musical concert.

    Sponsored by MRS MARY CANHAM.

    An evening of musical delights 21/2/2011.
    With their demeanour, in another life I’m convinced that David Watkins(harp)
    was a kindly woodcarver(named Giuseppe!?) working away in his damp little
    basement room(in Scandinavia) and that Michael Bochmann (violin) was the
    result of his laborious endeavours!

    `Ah, the musings of an old gal with warped mind!?`
    Seriously, their great musical dexterity and minute attention to detail was
    breathtaking in the extreme and their solo presentations/ interpretations
    were inspired! These wonderful artistes with much genuine humility and their
    ability to coax incredible musical sounds from their instruments gave us an
    evening we will savour for a long time to come. The dazzling finger work and
    bowing of Michael (who informed us that his violin, made in Italy about 300
    years ago, had a very varied life and was now safely and proudly in his
    possession!) and the beautiful and sympathetic tones of David at the harp,
    who told us that his much coveted instrument was willed to him by his
    teacher- all enhanced this lovely evening.

    They were joined by Jane Leslie McKenzie (who told us coyly that she was not
    about to reveal the age of her instrument!?)-slight in stature but with a voice
    that could `charm the birds from the trees` and easily be heard (un-amplified )
    many blocks from the theatre, even on a foggy winter’s evening!
    I must admit that this combination of instruments initially made me wonder
    what we were `in line for` and how they would fill an evening’s programme-was
    I ever pleasantly surprised!

    A very varied programme with some music that we knew well(the Swan, Ave
    Maria etc) and others pieces that the musicians themselves arranged for
    violin and harp which we were glad to be introduced to-I particularly liked the
    trio’s poignant `Dido’s lament`(used on each Remembrance Day service from
    the cenotaph, in London.)

    The choice of curtain backdrop colour (nothing to do with the society) was a
    little unfortunate (red or blue would have been better) as, from where I was
    sitting, the harpist occasionally looked like he was playing an imaginary
    instrument as the gold was exactly the same as the harp-but this didn’t really
    detract from what was another exceptional night at the Arts and Lits.

    Jennifer Kersey.

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