The season opens in September, with Alison Gill and Rebecca Topping, the first of two local duos, presenting a four-hand piano recital. Alison is no stranger to Hartlepool Town Hall having accompanied Opera Nova for their two recent performances, whilst Rebecca can often be found in Middlesbrough Town Hall where she is Accompany Programme Manager. We are delighted that these two outstanding local musicians have agreed to open our 2018-19 season.
Our second pairing is flute and piano duo Fiona Mancy-Jones and Maria Scott. Although based in the UK, both have studied and performed extensively in Europe and The Middle East. This is the first time the music society has included a flute and piano duo and this is a great opportunity to hear works to which we may not be accustomed.
The first of our international artists this season is the Moscow-born pianist Maria Mazo. Maria has a highly acclaimed reputation for her performances of Beethoven and you will be pleased to see her programme includes works by the great master.
In a break with recent tradition, we are going to move venue for our February concert to St George's UR Church, York Road, where we will welcome organist Daniel Cook. Daniel grew up in Hartlepool, attending English Martyrs School, before embarking upon a career that would see him fulfilling a lifetime ambition when he was appointed Organist at Durham Cathedral.
Our second international artist this season is the Russian-born cellist Leonid Gorakhov, Professor at Hannover University of Music, Drama & Media and a former teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
To round off what we hope you will agree is once again a varied and exciting season of concerts, we are pleased to welcome back the Teesside Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Christopher Haigh, this year's programme includes orchestral works with cello solos by Naomi Haigh, whilst Schubert Symphony Number 6 in C is guaranteed to provide a rousing end to this, our 35th season.
We are once again indebted to the Town Hall Theatre for hosting our concert programme, to our patrons, whose generosity enable us to present our international artists, and to our members for their continuing support for classical music in Hartlepool.