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McLachlan family and Chetham’s

  • Haydn Gypsy Rondo Trio,
  • Mozart Trio for clarinet, viola and piano,
  • Grainger Zanzibar Boat Song,
  • Schumann Quintet

Rose, Matthew and Callum return to us with a completely different kind of programme from their Beethoven Concerto cycle. Wind and string players from Chetham’s in the guise of Elizaveta Saul’s quartet will also take part in the concert.

This connection was made through the late John Williamson and I am delighted that we have been able to continue to invite students from Chetham’s to Rhyl.

Carducci String Quartet

  • Beethoven String Quartet op.95
  • Glass String Quartet no.3
  • Beethoven String Quartet op.132

We enjoyed a marvellous evening with this Quartet recently; you may recall the Shostakovich quartet and indeed their Royal Philharmonic Award was for their season long concerts of the entire Shostakovich 15.

I invited them to return as soon as possible, having been enthralled by their performance so we can look forward to a pair of concerts just a few months apart. Both concerts will feature Beethoven whose entire Quartet works are part of their work during 2017.

Yuanfan Yang – piano

  • A selection of music from Ravel
  • Chopin
  • Rachmaninov
  • and own compositions

I have invited Yuanfan back to Rhyl for this season to give us another solo recital. His concert in February was an outstanding success.

Yuanfan was born in Edinburgh and now lives in London where he studies at the Royal Academy with Christopher Elton.

Professor Elton has been a teacher to numerous now-famous pianists and I mention Freddy Kempf, Ben Grosvenor and Yevgeny Sudbin in particular. Prior to this Yuanfan studied with Murray McLachlan at Chetham’s.

Joo Yeon Sir – violin and Laura Snowden – guitar

  • Debussy
  • Rodrigo
  • Piazzolla
  • Snowden, Sir and other composers

Both of these artists have been included on the Making Music scheme following auditions.

We already know about the fantastic musical and technical ability of Joo Yeon from her performance here last season and I am advised that Laura also is a compelling musician.

 This concert was sponsored by the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists


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.

Fenella Humphreys – violin and Nicola Eimer – piano

  • Prokofiev 5 melodies
  • Bach Chaconne from BWV 1004
  • Brahms 3rd violin sonata
  • Gershwin/Heifetz 3 preludes
  • Ravel Violin sonata

Fenella was part of the Samantha Ward Trio last season. Reviews of both her concerts and CDs are most complimentary and here is one which refers to her “Bach 2 the future” CD:

Impressive conviction… Humphreys is triumphantly on her mettle ….. Peter Quantrill, The Strad Magazine

Nicola graduated from the Royal Academy then went to the Juilliard on a Fulbright scholarship. She has an active solo and chamber career and is now an Associate at the Royal Academy.