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Hidden Gems concert – masterpieces of violin, piano and vocal music

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Come and join us on a beautiful summer evening at St Mary Le Strand for an enchanting concert presented to you by Hidden Gems concert series. Hidden Gems concerts were created to highlight often unjustly overlooked classical music pieces.


In this concert of true classical music masterpieces pianist Elena Toponogova joined by soprano Eleanor Penfold and violinist Anna Ovsyanikova.




Amy Beach (1867-1944) Romance for violin and piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) La flûte de pan

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Romance – Silence ineffable

Anatoly Lyadov (1855-1914) Prelude in B minor for piano solo

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Musical moments op 16 in D flat major and B minor

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) Fairy Tale in F minor op 26 no 3 for piano solo

Jonathan Dove (born 1959) “My love is mine”

Michael Head (1900-1976) “Estuary” for soprano and piano


Mykola Lysenko (1842-1919) “The Sun is setting” for violin and piano

Mykola Lysenko (1842-1919) “A moment of despair” for violin and piano

Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952) “The clock”, “The Angel” for piano solo

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Waltz from “Cinderella” for violin and piano

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) “Die Nacht” op 10 no 3, “Morgen!” op 27 no 4

Elena Toponogova is a concert pianist and chamber musician based in London. Her repertoire is primarily comprised of Russian music, with a particular focus on the music of Nikolai Medtner. She recently won the prize for the best performance of a Prelude and Fugue by J S Bach of the Nuova Coppa International Piano Competition, Italy. In 2017, Elena received a Master of Performance degree from the Royal College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher. Her studies were generously supported by the Norah Seary Trust, Altrusa Careers Trust, the Future of Russia Foundation and Tsukanov Family Foundation. She participated in numerous masterclasses of such world-renowned pianists as Dirk Mommertz (Faure Quartet), G.Gruzman, I.Chukovskaya and was selected to study at the Academie de Musique Riviera in Switzerland with Pavel Gililov with the support of the Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund grant. Elena has taken part in many international festivals including Chichester Festival, Bloomsbury Festival and Timani Music Festival in Oslo. She has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia and appeared at the prestigious Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Salzburg Wiener Saal, Amaryllis Fleming Hall, V&A Museum, St.Martin-in-the-Fields among many others. In 2017, with the support of the Oleg Prokofiev Trust she performed Prokofiev’s Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova at the Regent Hall together with soprano Eleanor Penfold. The concert was described as “an inspiring performance” by Musical Opinion Magazine. Together with Norwegian violinist Elisabeth Turmo, in 2023 Elena released a CD “Fairy Tales” dedicated to the music inspired by myths and legends.

Praised in Opera Magazine for having ‘the vocal equipment to dazzle’, Eleanor Penfold graduated from the Royal College of Music as a Ruth West Scholar. Eleanor was awarded the Schubert Song Prize at the London Song Festival by Dame Felicity Lott.
Eleanor has performed roles with Opéra Bastille in Paris (Naïade/Bergère in Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé), Opera Zuid (Elle in Jan-Peter de Graaff’s Bonsai Garden), English Touring Opera (Vénus in Rameau’s Dardanus and Soprano 2 in Bach B minor), Oxford Opera (Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute) and Waterperry Opera Festival, where she was recognised as a ‘forceful and note-perfect’ Königin der Nacht (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte).
A Britten-Pears Young Artist and Iford New Generation Artist, Eleanor performed the role of Rossignol in an award-winning online production of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the London Philharmonic and VOpera. In 2019, Eleanor founded her ensemble Transposed which has performed throughout the UK. The inaugural concert tour Try Me, Good King was featured in Alternative Classical’s list of “must see” shows, celebrating iconic Shakespearean and Tudor women in stunning Tudor and Elizabethan venues.
Eleanor looks forward to touring the UK premiere of Daniel Saleeb’s The Promise, and to making her role debut as Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone (Opera in Oborne) and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress later this year with New Palace Opera.

Anna Ovsyanikova is a classical violinist regularly performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and the founder of “Hidden Gems” concert series. 
As a recitalist and chamber musician she has performed in venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room, Embassy of Russia in the UK, Birmingham Symphony and Birmingham Town Hall. Originally from Russia, at the age of 16 Anna Ovsyanikova made her international debut in Germany and went on to study in the UK, completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music for Masters where she graduated from the Masters programme with distinction and DipRAM – the highest possible award. She is also an alumna of Birmingham Conservatoire and Rimsky-Korsakov Pre Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia. Anna appears as a freelance player with different orchestras including the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London Contemporary Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and many others. As a member of London Contemporary Orchestra she recorded tracks and performed with artists including Beck, Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Goldfrapp, Donovan, Jimmy Page and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. Anna together with pianist Julia Sinani released a CD “Les Saisons Françaises” to a great critical acclaim during the 2020 pandemic.

Come to beautiful church St Mary Le Strand for a wine reception at 7pm and the concert will start at 7.30.


June 5
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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