The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Gretel Dowdeswell was a founder member of the Gould Piano Trio, and has subsequently gained a reputation as a chamber music specialist, performing throughout Europe, Australia, Canada and the Far East. Her concerts have frequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the UK and she has appeared at many major European chamber music events including the Edinburgh Festival Queen's Hall, BBC Proms Chamber Music series, the Philharmonia Chamber Music series, the Presteigne Festival and Claudio Abbado's chamber music series in Ferrara.
Recent engagements have included a recital of Sibelius and Grieg broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from The Sage Gateshead with the Finnish violinist, Pekka Kuusisto, and a tour of Australia and New Zealand with members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Her duo with cellist Alice Neary has released a disc of Tovey's Elegiac Variations (coupled with his Cello Concerto, on Toccata Classics). Other duo appearances include recitals with Jian Wang, Ralph Kirshbaum, Andras Keller, James Clark, Thomas Riebl and Gabor Takas-Nagy.
Dowdeswell studied with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music and with András Schiff and György Kurtág at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, where she is now resident pianist and a regular guest at the annual IMS Open Chamber Music.
CD Spotlight. Grandest Lines - Donald Tovey's cello concerto, heard by Robert Anderson. '... satisfyingly masterful.'
Ensemble - In virtuoso manner. Alice Neary and Gretel Dowdeswell at London's Wigmore Hall, heard by Bill Newman