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 The Father from Six Archetypes by Mayda Narvey. Mayda Narvey cello and Charis Hanning piano

Sonnets to Orpheus Trio by Mayda Narvey with Miriam Kramer violin, Mayda Narvey cello and Charis Hanning piano

Duo for Violin and Cello (Lullaby and Grotesque) by Rebecca Clarke with Miriam Kramer violin and Mayda Narvey cello 

Mayda Narvey is a cellist, pianist, teacher and composer. Born in Canada, she was fortunate to have as her first teacher, Dr. Peggy Sampson, a student of both Pablo Casals and Nadia Boulanger. She went on to study with such notables as Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Janos Starker and gained her Masters degree at the University of New York under the legendary Bernard Greenhouse for whom she was a teaching assistant. Her piano teachers have included Wanda Jeziorska, Michael Young and Neil Immelman. Having played for some years with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada where she was a frequent performer on the CBC (national radio) both in a solo and chamber capacity, she now makes her home in London. She performs with and writes for Ismena ( which plays regularly in the West End and at venues across London. She has recorded for the young British bands, The Savage Nomads and Funktionslust. Working with actress Sally Mortemore (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Game of Thrones), poet Darris Golinski (The Golinski Brothers) and others, she creates music for spoken word performances. Her 'Music for the Seasons' is a quarterly series of themed concerts with readings, performed at St Cuthbert's Church in Earl's Court. Teacher of both string quartets and cello at the City Lit and of cello and piano in the City and privately, she has also lectured in music both at the City Lit and Kings Place.  Recent compositions include her 'Cantata' for cello and piano performed at the City of London Bach Festival, a Sonatina for Violin or Flute and Cello most recently performed in Boston, Massachusetts, two pieces for the Sweelinck Ensemble performed in the City of London, a song cycle of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus performed at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square in a concert organised by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation. Her Archetypes for Cello and Piano was premiered in the spring and she is currently working on a concerto for violist Rivka Golani.