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Kanneh-Mason Trio

  • Isata – piano
  • Braimah – violin
  • Sheku – cello


  • Rachmaninov – Trio Elegiaque No 1 in G Minor
  • Dvorak (cello)- Rondo no 9 in G Minor
  • Saint-Saens (violin)- Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • Chopin (piano) Sonata no 2 in B Flat Minor – 1st Movement
  • Shostakovich – Piano Trio no 2 in E Minor

Thanks to Debbie and Jonathan Richards I was able to contact a musician I first listened to about 6 or 7 years ago at RNCM.

Isata was already an accomplished pianist then but has since progressed to the Royal Academy. I have not heard either Braimah or Sheku live but they both have immense performance experience and are major prize-winners. The evidence of Sheku’s Shostakovich concerto in winning the 2016 BBC Young Musician final means that he has a major career ahead – once he leaves school, of course.

Tonight’s programme gives us an opportunity to hear each of them solo and the 2 trios are both accessible to audiences.

A great programme.

Nicki Pearce – cello and Christina Mason-Scheuermann – piano

  • Schumann Adagio and allegro (cello/piano)
  • Chopin 2nd Ballade (piano solo)
  • Scriabin 9th Sonata (piano solo)
  • Chopin Polonaise brillante (cello/piano)
  • Rachmaninov Sonata (cello/piano)

A popular programme has been assembled by two local musicians. Nearly everybody will know 3 of these pieces if they have been regular visitors to our concerts but I am delighted that a short Sonata by Scriabin has been included.

Expect 9-10 minutes of an intriguing sound world with this one.

Christina comes from this area but worked in Germany for many years. She is now most supportive of music in North Wales. Nicki has been to the Club several times with the WCO and she now works in the music department at Bangor.

Jørgensen Trio

  • Cecilia Bignall – cello
  • Olga Jørgensen – violin
  • Antonia Kesel – piano


  • Beethoven Opus 1 no. 2
  • Ravel Piano Trio
  • Takemitsu Piano trio

A trio from the Royal Academy of Music with a programme to provide interest for varied tastes. Have we had anything by Takemitsu at the club? Perhaps the Rain Tree sketch for piano? I don’t know this piece but have found out that it lies somewhere between Debussy and Duke Ellington according to one opinion.

The trio is often called “Between Tides”; the to-and-fro of waves underlies the music.

Samantha Ward – piano, Fenella Humphreys – violin and Brian O’Kane – cello

  • Haydn trio in E flat major Hob XV No 22
  • Beethoven trio in E flat major op 1 no 1
  • Brahms trio in B major op 8

The concert has been partly sponsored by Minna and Peter Wigley for whom the Trio played at a 70th birthday party celebration in July 2014.

Samantha was once a member of our club and has performed for us on several occasions. She now has an annual Piano Week in Bangor, supported by Bluthner. Brian visited us with Samantha only last season; he also plays in a trio with Adam Newman and Adam is with us for our next concert.

I have heard about Fenella on numerous occasions through my connections at Making Music.

I see that she has just played at the Plush Festival in my home county of Dorset and I very much hope she managed a visit to the fine pub there, “The Brace of Pheasants”.

David Shaw Quartet

Artist Details

  • David Shaw and Roman Lytwyniw violins
  • Alex Meikle-Briggs viola
  • Alex Talaifar cello with guest pianist Yuanfan Yang.

David brought the cream of Chethams for a delightfully varied musical menu from a young but highly talented quartet.

The acclaimed pianist Yuanfan Yang, who was the youngest of all finalists in the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, joined them in the Elgar quintet.


  • Mozart divertimento in F K138
  • Shostakovich string quartet no 7 op 84
  • Elgar piano quintet Op 84

Piatti String Quartet

Artist Details

  • Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, violins
  • Michael Trainor, violins
  • David Wigrams viola
  • Jesse Ann Richardson cello

The highly recommended award winners and broadcasters who, in their own words, felt that they “have risen above trophy level”

Their programme included

  • Haydn Op 33 no.1,
  • Joseph Phibbs – String quartet no.1 (2014) and
  • Dvorak – Op.106