YAT-SOON YEO HARPSICHORD  


"Throughout the concert, the way each of you caught the eye of the other and held the gaze for that crucial second, was breath-taking; there's a freshness about it that looks unrehearsed". Judith Sweeney 2015

The Stanesby Players are a versatile and talented ensemble performing a wide variety of music.Our repertoire covers Medieval to Modern in a varied combination of styles and instrumentation.We have commissioned a series of new works which bring new ideas and sounds to our playing.Andrew performs on a range of recorders from Descant to Bass while Ibi shows his versatility on Pardessus Viola da Gamba and ViolinCello.

Our programmes entertain with their mixture of approach in  music and performance style.We invite other Early musicians to join us in concert which adds to the depth and scope of our Repertoire.



After winning the prestigious Isabelle Bond Gold Medal competition while a student at Trinity Laban, Ibrahim Aziz began a freelance career that has seen him perform with some of the finest period instrument groups in the UK. A member of the Rose Consort of Viols, he also set up two viol consorts: Chelys, who recently signed a contract with the Swedish label BIS for the premiere recording of Christopher Simpson's Ayres and the Sestina Consort, based in Basel, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary year. Ibrahim has performed at the BBC Proms, at Highgrove House for HRH Prince Charles, in Festivals and concert halls all around the world, working with distinguished soloists such as singers Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Clare Wilkinson, lutenist Anthony Rooley, and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. Future performances include the Worcester, York, and Regensburg Festivals, at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford and at The Wigmore Hall in London.



Yeo Yat-Soon studied at King’s College London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with the late Christopher Kite and won the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for Harpsichord.He has specialised in baroque opera and has conducted major productions for London Baroque Opera, the City of London Festival and Opéra de Baugé. He works widely as a harpsichordist, performing regularly at the South Bank, Handel House Museum, the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court and the Philharmonie in Berlin. He is a member of Follia,The Lovekyn Consort and the Berlin-based Camerata Berolinensis and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Yat-Soon has also had a long association with education, having been Director of Music at The Lady Eleanor Holles School and St Paul’s Girls’ School, during which time he conducted orchestras of national repute which toured China and the USA and broadcast for BBC and Channel 4


Concert Programmes 2015:


Sonata in E Minor        C.P.E.Bach (1714-1788)

Fantasia in A Minor        W.F.Bach (1710-1784)

Allegretto               anon.Berliner School (1760)

Sonata in E Minor       J.G.Janitsch (1708-1763)

Fantasia in G Major    G.P.Telemann (1681-1767)

In the Mind of a Butterfly     A.Meyers (b.1962)

Sonata in F Major          J.S.Bach  (1685-1750)



Fantasia in A minor              W.Lawes (1602-1645)

A Sad Pavan for These          T.Tomkins (1572-1656)

      Distracted Tymes

The Broken Consort               M.Locke (1621-1677)

Sonata Prima                      W.Young (d.1662)

Prins Robberts Masco             J.van Eyck (1590-1657)

Sonata Secunda                   W.Young

La Fuite Du Roy D’Angleterre    N.Derosier (fl.1680/90)

Trio Sonata in B flat              G.Keller (d.1704)

Solo in G                           A.Parcham (fl.17thC)

Trio Sonata in C Minor          J.B.Loeillet (1680-1730)



Concerto in F major for Descant Recorder and Strings  G.Sammartini (1693-1750)

Ouverture-Suite in D major for Viola da Gamba and Strings G.P.Telemann (1681-1767)

Concerto in C minor for Harpsichord and Strings    J.Stanley (1712-1786)

Organum and Alleluia (2015)                          C.Barber (b.1949)

Concerto in A minor for Recorder,Viola da Gamba and Strings     G.P Telemann



Concert Programme March 2014

Sonata C Major   F.Barsanti (1690-1772)

Sonata G minor   G.P Cima (1570-1622)

In The Margins   P.Burnell (b.1960)

Trio Sonata B flat Major  G.P.Telemann (1681-17670

Sonata G minor  A.Vivaldi (1678-1741)


" absolutely marvellous concert, especially the World Premiere of "In the Margins"...."     Ina Dau

"...great concert in London last night-wonderful playing..thankyou Stanesby Players..."

Paul Burnell.


Our concert programme November 2013:

Trio Sonata in A minor                  G.P.Telemann (1681-1767)

Solo in G                                 A.Parcham(fl.18th C)

Ave Maria                                C.Gounod  (1818-1893)

Trio Sonata in C minor                  J.J.Quantz (1697-1773)

Chaconne from Suite in C major        M.Marais  (1656-1728)

Suite                                     J.S.Bach  (1685-1750)

Balletto/Corrente/Passacagli             G.Frescobaldi (1583-1643)

Romanian Dances                         B.Bartok (1881-1945)


Review of November 2013 Recital:

Tudeley Church near Tonbridge,Kent is a delightful small church in which all of its twelve windows are decorated by the artist Marc Chagall. The beautiful glowing  blue and pale yellow stained glass images were starting to fade as dusk drew in on the Autumn Sunday evening as we gathered to hear the Stanesby Players.But whilst the light faded from the windows,the muisc generated from the three performers produced an equally warm sonic glow.

The programme focused on pieces from the Baroque Era and the performers demonstrated competent expertise in pieces by Telemann,Parcham,Quantz,Marais,Frescobaldi and Bach.A Trio Sonata in A minor by Telemann set the tone for the performance and gave an oppurtunity to hear the small "pardessus de viole" played by Ibi Aziz.Although described as a "toy" instrument designed for astocratic French ladies,when played by Ibi it sounded more than equal to the task of playing what was originally a violin part. The practice of "borrowing" music originally played on other instruments was also shown in a Suite of arrangements of Bach solo violin and cello pieces, and the deft and exhilirating performance by Andrew Collis made you forget that the pieces were not originally written for the tenor recorder. Akiok Imai came to the foreground and demonstrated beautifully sensitive playing in three harpsichord pieces by Frescobaldi, with the Passacaglia being one of my highlights.

The Romanian Dances by Bartok were my favorites of the programme, with Ibi back on the pardessus after several pieces on the bass viol.The pairing of the pardessus and recorder seemed particularly apt in the Bartok, and the honest simplicity of the music chimed with the stained glass designs by Chagall.

Paul Burnell


Other repertoire:

Sonata in E minor                      K. F. Abel (1723-1787)  

Suite No.4 in A minor                 H. Purcell (1659-95)

Sonata in C Major                      G. Finger (1660-1730)

Trio Sonata in C minor

Trio Sonata in F Major                G.P Telemann (1681-1767)

Sonata in F minor                      G.Sammartini(1695-1750)




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