Captain Corelli's Mandolin soloist plays Beethoven and Calace

Published: 29 October 2010 at 11:19

Soloist from the celebrated film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin plays lunchtime concert as she continues to celebrate cancer recovery.

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Alison Stephens, a leading exponent of the classical mandolin in the UK, will be performing a lunchtime concert with pianist Anne Evans on 27 November at 1.10 at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge. The free of charge Friday lunchtime weekly concerts are part of the autumn programme from the Department of Music and Performing Arts spanning from now until December. 

The concert will be a prelude to the opening of Mike Maran’s stage production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Mumford Theatre on 27 and 28 November at 7.30pm.  Mike Maran and Alison Stephens are both recovering from cancer and helping to raise funds to help others fight the disease. 

The recital is in aid of their fund-raising group, Captain Corelli’s Cambridge Cancer Club which has so far raised over £20,000 for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, Macmillan Cancer and KIS Endowment Fund, an Edinburgh-based bowel cancer research project (Mike is originally from Edinburgh).  During September Mike embarked on an epic journey to Rome and back on a red Ferrari Vespa while Alison has undertaken a charity run, staged an event as part of the Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning, and is donating the royalties from her latest album Souvenirs to Macmillan.

Together Alison and Mike are planning a gala night of Captain Corelli's Mandolin at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, on November 28, when they will present a cheque from their fundraising to Addenbrooke's staff./p>

Alison was the first graduate of mandolin from Trinity College of Music, London, and was appointed as a teacher upon graduation, a post she still holds. Alison has played across the UK and has toured extensively across the Far and Middle East; Australia, South Africa, across Europe and in USA.

She has also frequently broadcast and recorded live for radio including BBC Radios 3 and 4, Classic FM, ABC (Australia), SABC (South Africa) and BBC Radio Scotland. She also presented her own BBC Radio 4 feature which was subsequently nominated for a Sony Award.

In addition to concerto performances, Alison regularly gives recitals for music clubs and festivals across the UK both solo and as a duo with Craig Ogden (guitar) or with Lauren Scott (harp) as Duo Mandala and also with Steven Devine (fortepiano/piano). She also regularly plays in opera, ballet, film scores including The Queen, The Golden Compass, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Fantastic Mr Fox; and concert performances with the country’s leading orchestras including the Orchestras of the Royal Opera House, Opera North and Welsh National Opera, the BBC Orchestras, CBSO, RLPO, LSO and leading contemporary music ensembles including the London Sinfonietta and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Recent recordings include: Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières with Craig Ogden); Mandolin Concerto in G by Hummel with the London Mozart Players (Howard Shelley); Tapestry, a CD of evocative British contemporary music for mandolin and harp; Con Espressione a solo CD dedicated to the Italian Romantic era; and Calace Concertos dedicated to the works of Raffaele Calace (1863-1934) for mandolin and piano (Steven Devine). Alison’s most recent CD Souvenirs with Craig Ogden (guitar) was released in September.

As well as the Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières CD, Alison has worked on several other projects in connection with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin including a sell-out stage show which has so far notched up well over 500 performances in several different countries and over 100 different venues. She also played on the soundtrack for the Hollywood film starring Nicholas Cage; wrote music for, and played on, a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation; appeared on a Bookmark Documentary on BBC 2 and has given many poetry and music recitals with Craig Ogden and Louis de Bernières.

For full details of the Lunchtime Concert series please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/mpaevents or contact Series Director Alan Rochford, alan.rochford@anglia.ac.uk . Admission is FREE to this and all lunchtime performances.