Catherine Underhill Returns to Acton Hill Church

The next in the Iris Axon Concert Series

Catherine Underhill

The next concert in the Iris Axon Concert series takes place on Sunday 5 February at Acton Hill Church. It sees the return of Catherine Underhill with a programme of French music accompanied by the Canadian pianist Kerry Waller.


Marin Marais (1656-1728) - Les Folies d’espagne
Francis Poulenc (1988-1963) - Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Rapsodie for saxophone and orchestra, transcribed for cor anglais and piano
Charles Colin (1826-1881) - Solo de concours, Op. 33

Catherine is a woodwind musician who is a double reed specialist (oboe & cor anglais) along with saxophone, flute and clarinet. She is also co-artistic director of Collective31 and a music educator.

She studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a Helen Roll Scholar and Trinity Laban London Scholar. She graduated from University of Southampton with a first class BA Hons in Music. She also studied privately with Adrian Rowlands and received a bursary in 2016 to study with David Theodore at the British Isles Music Festival. She regularly plays in pit bands across the UK for musicals, including Oklahoma, Oliver! and Guys and Dolls and operas such as Mozart's, The Marriage of Figaro.

She has performed in venues such as Cadogan Hall and St John Smith's Square.

In February 2017, she performed the Marcello Oboe Concerto with Hillingdon Chamber Orchestra and has recorded solo and duet repertoire with harpist, Charlotte Grimsey.

Programmes are available at the door (Cash) £5.00 concessions, £6.00 adults, £2.00 children.

The concerts take place at 4pm on the first Sunday of each month at the venue which is on the corner of the High Street and Woodlands Avenue (W3 9BU).

Iris Axon Concert Series Schedule 2023

March 5 Petar Dimov - piano
April 2 Solomon Markman - violin
May 7 Robert Cart - flute
June 4 Lance Mok - piano
July 2 Ida Pelliccioli - piano

Now in its twelfth year, the Iris Axon Concert Series is an annual season of short (60-70 minute) monthly recitals on Sunday afternoons at the Acton Hill Church. The series was started by Music Director Jane Schopf in 2004 to provide a venue for young musicians starting on their professional careers, many of whom have subsequently enjoyed international success in competitions and on the concert platform. The series has continued to grow and now attracts established international artists as well.

Originally called the Acton Classical Music Concert Series, it was re-named in 2009 in memory of one of its most loyal supporters, Iris Axon, who made possible the purchase of a concert grand, handmade by Clive Pinkham.

The church is deemed ideal for concerts as it has the largest unsupported wooden barrel-vault ceiling in London which brings out the middle harmonics, creating a luxuriously warm sound.

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January 24, 2023