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Joo Yeon Sir – violin and Irina Andrievsky – piano

Please note their change of programme:

  • J.S.Bach – Felix Mendelssohn: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV1004 arranged for violin and piano
  • Bela Bartok: Rhapsody No.1 for violin and piano Pancho Vladigerov: Bulgarian Rhapsody “Vardar” for violin and piano
  • Edvard Grieg: Sonata No.2 in G major for violin and piano, Op.13
  • Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento after “Fairy’s Kiss”


By popular demand, the Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award violinist again joins her Russian-born colleague, their last recital here having made an immense impression. They have performed together for many years and it shows; Irina’s husband Felix was Joo Yeon’s teacher and he also taught many others including Edward Dusinberre of the Takács Quartet.

2017 highlights for Joo Yeon include the Deutsche Grammophon CD and world premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ “Cantata Memoria – For the Children”, and her solo CD ‘Suites & Fantasies’ with Irina.

Mary Hofman – violin and Richard Ormrod – piano

  • Dvorak 4 Romantic pieces
  • Bartok Out of doors suite
  • Janacek Sonata
  • Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie
  • Enescu Sonata no 3

Mary and Richard have studied and performed internationally but they live in a delightful cottage in Snowdonia so this is also a local concert. I recently heard the 1st Enescu Sonata and asked Mary to include it but she argued for the 3rd which is an altogether more mature piece.

Expect virtuosity! Their programme includes outright Romantic music as well as music from the 20th century.

The Bartok and Chopin are piano solos.

Joo Yeon Sir – violin and Irina Andrievsky – piano

  • Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists


  • Bach-Mendelssohn Chaconne from Partita no.2
  • Grieg Sonata in G Major Op 13 Poulenc Sonata
  • Frolov’s Fantasy on Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)


Joo Yeon is a Korean-born, British violinist who studied at the Purcell School and then the Royal College of Music.

She has won numerous awards and comes to us through a Making Music award scheme.

I was interested to read about her composition skills and particularly with reference to a piece called “Cold Dark Matter” which was influenced by the significant sculptor, Cornelia Parker. Irina is a regular duo partner and she is involved professionally with RCM so that is another nice connection for us in Rhyl.

Marisa Gupta – piano and Adam Newman – viola

  • Brahms F minor from Op. 120 Hindemith Op. 11 No. 4
  • Krein 3 songs Beethoven piano sonata

Tonight’s pianist took the place of Alex Karpeyev who had played in Rhyl previously.

Marisa made her debut playing Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra  and  has been the recipient of numerous awards including top prizes at the International Concours Maria Canals in Barcelona, the Viotti Competition in Vercelli, a Fulbright Scholarship for studies in the UK, a Solti Foundation Award, and first prize in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist’s Competition.

Adam Newman is part of an ensemble which includes Brian O’Kane. Adam enjoys working with the London Steve Reich Ensemble, who recently recorded for the CPO label in Zurich, Switzerland, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. He is also a founding member of the Cappa Quartet and Ensemble, with whom he performs regularly. Adam plays on a Ceruti viola c.1800 which is kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.


Kudos percussion duo

Artist Details

Kudos Percussion Duo: Rhys Matthews and Emma Crossley

Emma Crossley and Rhys Matthews graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010, each with a distinction in Master of Music.

They formed Kudos Percussion Duo a year earlier and have enjoyed great success performing at numerous venues and festivals across the UK including the Swaledale and Hexham music festivals and the Oundle International Festival to public acclaim.

They are also extremely pleased to be members of ‘Live Music Now’ with which they are involved in a number of projects.

They have performed with RNCM orchestras at venues such as the Roal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Bridgewater Hall.

They have also performed in America at the WASBE International Festival and twice in Italy at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano.

Their performance will include:

  • Fanfare for two African drums, Rhys Matthews & Emma Crossley
  • Alborada del Gracioso, Maurice Ravel
  • Ghanaia, Mathias Schnitt
  • Circles of Ice, Eckhard Kopetski
  • Fantasie Impromptu, Frederic Chopin
  • Kaleidoscope, Eric Sammut

This concert is given with support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Sarah-Jane Bradley and Anthony Hewitt

Artist Details

  • Sarah-Jane Bradley
  • Anthony Hewitt

 Websites: www.sarahjanebradley.com


Two musicians who are widely recognised for their musicality and who are embarked on major careers.

Sarah-Jane was a member of both the Leopold String Trio and Sorrel String Quartet and is now a member of the Fidelio Piano Quartet. Her recordings have brought her great acclaim and her playing of Delius made that CD the Editor’s Choice for Classic FM magazine. She champions British composers.

Anthony Hewitt, one of Sarah-Jane’s regular duo partners, has performed in major world venues and his duo partners have included Emma Johnson and Natalie Clein. Gramaphone Magazine regard him as “a remarkably gifted artist”. In May 2012 he will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats playing concerts along the route and raising money for charities. As a triathlonist he is a man after our music organiser’s heart!

They will play:

  • Mendelssohn Sonata in C minor
  • Delius Caprice and Sonata no 2
  • Yorke Bowen Sonata no 1
  • Prokofiev 2 excerpts from Romeo and Juliet