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Isata, Konya and Jeneba Kanneh-Mason

  • Konya:
    • Haydn: Sonata in Eflat major No 59
    • Liszt: Sonetto Del Petrarca 104
  • Isata:
    • Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit (with poetry)
  • Jeneba:
    • Scarlatti: Sonata K29 in D major
    • Rachmaninov: Étude-Tableau No 5
    • Glinka-Balakirev: The Lark
    • Bartok: Étude No 1
  • Isata:
    • Beethoven: Sonata Pathetique

Following her performance here last year with brothers Sheku and Braimah, Isata returns with two of her piano-playing sisters from this incredible family.

Before each movement of the Ravel we will have the relevant poem by Aloysius Bertrand which inspired Ravel to write this music and club member Denis Pithon will help us to understand why.

Jonathan Radford – saxophone and Kaoli Ono – piano

  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue for soprano, alto and tenor saxophone and piano
  • Debussy: Rhapsodie for alto saxophone and piano
  • Grieg: (violin) sonata op.8
  • Lauba Christian: Jungle for solo alto saxophone
  • Vitali Tomaso: Chaconne in G minor
  • Vivancos Bernat: Moustik’s Etude
  • Albeniz: Suite Española op.47 – # 1 Granada, #5 Asturias, #3 Sevilla
  • Iturralde Pedro: Pequeña Czarda

The highly gifted saxophonist on the prestigious Making Music AYCA scheme is joined by the equally impressive Kaoli from the Conservatoire de Lyon.

Jonathan attended Chethams, obtained his MA in Paris where he was the first British saxophonist to enter Claude Delangle’s world famous class and now continues his studies at the Royal College of Music.

Kaoli Ono has just completed her repetiteur studies at the Paris Conservatoire including a year in Berlin.

Dinara Klinton – piano

  • Bach-Busoni: Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532
  • Medtner: Sonata in B flat major “Sonata Romantica”, Op 53 No 1
  • Beethoven: Sonata No 28 in A, op. 101
  • Liszt: Transcendental Etudes nos 8-9

Last season’s great find, the outstanding Ukrainian pianist has been performing in Europe and the USA under the “András Schiff Presents” banner.

We re-booked her immediately!

The Liszt means that we will have heard more than half of the Transcendentals in her two concerts.

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.

Sam Haywood – piano

  • Beethoven: Sonata Op 10 No 3 in D major
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes Op 23 Nos 4 and 5
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso
  • Robert Schumann: Papillons Op 2
  • Ravel: Sonatine
  • Sam Haywood: The Other Side
  • Frederic Chopin: Polonaise No 5 in F sharp minor Op 44

Sam is a regular partner of the acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis and American violinist Joshua Bell.

He studied both at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Academy of Music.

He also composes and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops and master classes in addition to taking part in a wide varety of non-musical interests.

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.