CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
DECEMBER 8TH, 2023
John Nancarro Bass
David Hammond Piano
John Nancarro has been performing in Great Britain and America for nearly 35 years
He learned his trade in the USA under the renowned Linda Byrd,
Principal of Music at Miami Dade University who frequently accompanied him.
Best known for his interpretation of the works of Schubert and Schumann he
has been compared with Joseph Greindl. He is also a firm fan of English music
from Purcell to Sullivan and of course George Butterworth. John is equally
comfortable with songs from the golden era of The Music Hall and his last
performance at Boston Spa Methodist Church lunchtime concert included the
songs of Flanders and Swann and Frank Kumit. His next performance on
December 8 th 2023 for the Christmas Tree Festival is, in his own words,’ A
splendidly irreverent look at Lied, the Music Hall and Christmas with
reminiscence, wry humour, recollection, monologues, and Music galore.
Accompanied by the hugely talented David Hammond, you can be certain of a
lovely, lively lunchtime, as “Lebhaft” as it gets.
David grew up in Thame, Oxfordshire, where he was taught
piano by Judy Thompson.
He has been working in York as a musician since graduating from the
University of York in 2002, where he studied piano with Liz Haddon. His
career has taken him to all sorts of varied places, such as Castle Howard,
York Minster, the Royal Festival Hall and Bridgewater Hall.
Much of his work involves accompanying soloists and groups on the piano,
including concert work, exams and university assessments. Groups
include the South Bank Singers, the Sounds Fun choir, York Philharmonic
Male Voice Choir and Fiddlers Wreck ceilidh band. He is a regular musician
at the Unitarian Chapel in York, and recently performed the Beethoven
Triple concerto with Catherine Strachan.
Aside from this he has run workshops in Javanese Gamelan in conjunction
with the University of York, plays with two ceilidh bands and sings with
the Clerkes of All Saints, a Yorkshire-based liturgical choir.