Some of the pieces of music that will be performed by Marius Rudnick, Cathy Davies and Cameron Davies during their lunchtime recital at Exeter Cathedral on Thursday 15th August 2019 [Oscar Peterson’s birthday!]
Hu Jiexu – “Here Comes The Cuckoo”
arranged for solo flute by Jonathan Stock from the original written for Chinese flute
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1030, for Flute and Keyboard
“Scaramouche”for Alto Saxophone with a reduction for Pianoforte
“Pavane pour une infante defunte”, arranged for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Wolfgang Birtel
“Sonatina” for Flute and Piano
Three Rags arranged for Alto Saxophone and Piano by J. Ferguson and P. Wehage
This concert is included in your Cathedral admission fee.
Marius Carl Rudnick
Marius was born in Torpoint Cornwall in 1952 of a German Father and English Mother. His study in the art of music began with his Grandmother, Doris Curtis, who encouraged him to sing and play the recorder. When attending Broadclyst Secondary Modern School he was fortuate to be there at a time when the School band was being formed by John Glanfield and managed to secure a place on First Trumpet and he sung Bass in the Choir. After a couple of years he was accepted as Repiano Cornet player in Exeter British Rail Brass Band. Up to the age of 21 he played trumpet and sang with the local Showband – “Hip Hooray Good Times Band” , After lip problems he changed his allegiance to Saxophone and then Flute as well and studied Pianoforte with Don Cowey. In the Autumn of 1976 he tried his luck in London whilst holding down a day job in Lilley and Skinners in Oxford Street. April 1977 saw him working his first professional job as a musician on a Greek Cruise Ship completing a 7 month stint in the Eastern Mediterranean .
Upon returning to England many opportunities opened up and work continued with more cruises, freelance gigs with local bands and various groups in and around London. In 1983-4 he studied Jazz with Lionel Grigson, Scott Stromen and Dave Watts at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, attaining a Certificate in Jazz and Popular Music Studies. Numerous performances and gigs followed, namely with Jazz combos/duos, Greek and Jewish Weddings, Church Services and Festivals[ mainly on Pianoforte and Organ] . From 1994 teaching became more and more a major source of income.
At present Marius performs with: The Dave Hankin Big Band, Pete Canter, AJ’s Big Band and Caravan Band, The Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra and is Organist/Keyboardist/Woodwind Specialist and Choir Master at The Clyst Mission
Marius has two daughters a partner and a West Highland Terrier, his hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking , housework , Ballroom Dancing and playing the Classical Guitar.
Cathy Davies is a piano teacher and accompanist. She teaches at Bancrofts, Woodford Green Prep school and Trinity and is in demand as an accompanist for concerts, exams and competitions and has performed at many high profile venues in this role. She is the official accompanist for the Stratford and East London festival and Redbridge Music Services. Cathy is also the organist at St Augustines and regularly organises and takes the choir on tours in the UK and abroad. She is also the accompanist for the Woodford Singers, She is planning to start a choir for dementia patients in the Autumn and is very interested in the value music can add to people’s lives particularly when used as a therapy.
Cathy studied for her teaching diploma at Trinity College as a mature student after a short successful spell in the City which she enjoyed but she felt compelled to return to her music. She feels very fortunate to have both a successful career and to have made many friends through her music.
Cameron has recently graduated from Birmingham conservertoire having gained a B Mus Hons where he was fortunate enough to gain a scholarship. He studied with Gordon Sandison. It was a very successful partnership and sadly was unable to continue as planned as Gordon sadly passed away in December 2018.
Cameron previously studied Musical Theatre at Leyton Sixth form college studying Classical singing with outstanding teachers Yolanda Grant-Thompson and Timothy Connor. While a student at Leyton, he performed in several musicals including Sweeney Todd playing Sweeney, Next to Normal playing both Doctors and as the Quiz Master in Spelling Bee. He was the Trinity gold medal winner gaining the highest mark in grade 8 in the area and runner up in the Essex Musician of the Year. Cameron also enjoyed success at local music festivals.
More recently, Cameron has enjoyed singing the Baritone solo in the Fauré requiem and is pursuing his career as a voice actor.