Diana Mathews, viola, and Jonathan Beatty, piano, have performed together as a duo since 2007. Their aim is to share their enthusiasm for the wealth of early twentieth century British viola and piano music with their audiences. They have performed across the country, including participating in the Concerts in the West Recital Series and in the Warwick Arts Centre lunchtime series.
They also share a common interest in contemporary music which has led to exciting collaborations with composers from across the world. They gave, for example, the UK premiere of American composer Michael Rose’s Third Viola Sonata, ‘The Pedagogy of Grief’. Also, the British composer Roger Carter has written ‘Deep Thoughts’ (2012) especially for them.
Jonathan Beatty enjoys a busy and varied performing career as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has worked alongside many of the leading singers and instrumentalists of his generation. Recent performances include Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Opera House and festivals around the UK and abroad. He was awarded prizes for accompaniment at the Kathleen Ferrier, Maggie Teyte and English Singers’ and Speakers’ competitions. He regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 on the In Tune programme, and has also featured on Composer of the Week and The Choir.
Jonathan has a keen interest in contemporary music, and is a member of Kokoro, the contemporary ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has given the world premieres of several works. The group recently broadcast the first performance of Hywel Davies’ Quickstep for Radio 3’s Music Nation, as part of a UK-wide community project. He has also premiered the song cycle Life Lessens by Julian Phillips with soprano Madeleine Holmes and given the UK premiere of Michael Alec Rose’s Third Viola Sonata, The Pedagogy of Grief with violist Diana Mathews.
As well as working regularly with the BBC Singers, Jonathan is the accompanist of the London Philharmonic Choir, with whom he has worked alongside conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Mark Elder and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He is also the accompanist and Assistant Conductor of the Twickenham Choral Society. He is on the coaching staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having studied there with Robin Bowman, Eugene Asti and Graham Johnson, and before that at Clare College, Cambridge. He sings tenor in the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and is an examiner for ABRSM.