Welcome to Hartlepool Music Society's 2014/15 season,
For our 31st season we are delighted to welcome back some old friends. Our first concert features one of the greatest international chamber groups, the Fujita Trio - on their third visit - who are notable for their decision to dispense with music scores and perform their recitals entirely from memory, which seems to give an added dimension to their interpretations. For the final concert, Viv McLean and Susan Porrett will give another of their very popular story/recitals, this time on the life and music of George Gershwin.
In between we have two home-grown musicians who went on to have successful careers. Rosemary Skelton (nee Saunders) and Ian Pace both played for us as teenagers. Since then Rosemary has worked with the Britten/Pears Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the Northern Sinfonia and finally with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. She will be giving a violin and ‘cello recital with her colleague in the Tyrian Duo, Nicola Pearce. Ian is now an acclaimed soloist and has many critically praised recordings to his credit.
The remaining two concerts feature rising young stars of the piano. Alicia Chaffey has given solo piano recitals at Southwark Cathedral, the Purcell Room and St. John Smith's Square. Most recent performances include concerto engagements with the Royal Holloway University of London Philharmonic Orchestra – the Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell and two performances of Grieg's Piano Concerto that took place at Royal Holloway and at St. John Smith's Square, marking Alicia's London concerto debut.
Last year, Alexander Panfilov was awarded the First Prize in Birmingham's prestigious Brant Piano Competition and also the Acangelo Speranza Competition in Italy. Born in Russian, Alexander has already performed in the world's great musical festivals and centres including Carnegie Hall in New York to great acclaim.
Make the most of this coming season as it might be our last one! We need replacements for our ageing committee, so volunteers are urgently needed to help run the Society - if you can help, please contact us.