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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.

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.

 

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.

Dinara Klinton – piano

Dinara took the place of fellow Ukrainian Alexei Grynyuk at short notice and with both her sensitivity and virtuosity was an exceptional find for the club.

Jørgensen Trio

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

Music

  • 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.

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.