ChamberMusicBox @ Lauderdale House
ChamberMusicBox makes a much-awaited return to North London with a powerful celebration of female talent to celebrate International Women's Day

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 | 7.30pm

CMB Highgate

Two years after Covid stopped their well-established Hampstead chamber music series in its tracks, CMB returns to North London for an evening of exquisite music making. Built around the formation of Ravel’s equally exquisite and exotic song cycle ‘Chansons Madécasses’ for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and piano, the programme also features works by Lili Boulanger and Cecilia McDowall and Judith Weir, as well the Trio for flute, cello and piano by 19th century composer and piano virtuoso Louise Farrenc.

“A perfect afternoon of music”. “Amazing!” These are just some of the audience reactions to what has rapidly becoming a favourite amongst London’s classical music lovers since the series’ inception in 2016.

ChamberMusicBox combines leading international artists with imaginative and daring repertoire choices to present programmes which aim to combine the much-loved with unfamiliar gems, all in a relaxed and inclusive setting.

As one of the leading British flautists of her generation, Kathryn Thomas has performed at The Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall as well as at festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Two Moors and Presteigne. She is a member of the award-winning Galliard Ensemble and has released several CDs on the Deux-Elle label to great critical acclaim.

Described by the Guardian as “knowing how to use her dramatic and vocal skills to the utmost”, mezzo-soprano Emily Gray is in growing demand on the opera and concert stages alike. Her performances have included concert appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, King’s Place and the Purcell Room as well as live broadcasts on BBC3’s “In Tune” programme.

As a soloist and chamber musician, cellist Julia Morneweg has performed around the UK and internationally at venues including the Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre, St John’s Smith Square, Zurich Tonhalle, Martinu Hall Prague and Shanghai’s Daning Theatre. She was a member of the Erato Piano Trio for 11 years before founding ChamberMusicBox together with Yuri Kalnits in 2016.

Kazakh-British pianist Dina Duisen enjoys a successful career as a soloist and chamber musician, regularly appearing at venues including the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford, Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, King’s Place, Milton Court, Cadogan Hall, The Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall.

All tickets must be pre-booked in advance. 


Louise Farrenc – Trio for flute, cello and piano in e minor Op. 45

Cecilia McDowall – Falling Angels for cello and piano (2008)

Judith Weir – Songs from the Exotic for mezzo-soprano and piano

Lili Boulanger – Nocturne for flute and piano

Ravel – Chansons Madécasses for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and piano



Kathryn Thomas flute | Emily Gray mezzo-soprano | Julia Morneweg cello | Dina Duisen piano


This concert is generously supported by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust 

Cavatina Chamber Music Trust