Darlington Piano Society announces new season

Darlington Piano Society’s concerts in recent seasons have been extremely successful, with their blend of new faces, returning artists and established favourites highlighting the incredible range of outstanding pianists both here in the UK and overseas. The Society has been able to extend this season to seven recitals but keep membership subscription at the same level as last year.
Chairman Greg Johnson said: “There can be no better value for money package anywhere for those seeking classical music at the highest level of performance or a more appropriate time to spread the word amongst friends and colleagues and encourage them to join the Society as members or occasional concert-goers.”
The season opens on 8th October with a recital by Martin Roscoe, pictured, one of the UK’s best loved pianists with a career spanning four decades, but playing for the first time for Darlington Piano Society. Subsequent recitals in 2017 include performances by Charles Owen on 22nd October (co-founder of the London Piano Festival and Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School), Anna Tsybuleva on 12th November (Leeds International Piano Competition 2015) and Grace Yeo (making her second appearance for the Society on 10th December). The New Year begins with a recital by Dinara Klinton on 28th January (third prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in USA in 2016), followed by Martin James Bartlett on 25th February (BBC Young Musician of the Year, 2014). Martin’s recital brings a milestone in the Society’s history, being the 100th performer in its 22nd season. The season ends with a return visit to Darlington by Clare Hammond (25th March) and it is Clare (who plays the young Miss Shepherd in the film “The Lady in the Van”) who brings an as yet untitled new work, a piece by the young English composer, Ed Finnis.

Martin Roscoe concert details
Darlington Piano Society opens its 22nd season with a recital by Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s best loved pianists. His extraordinary career spans over four decades; his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike. His CV includes a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded, long-standing chamber music partnerships, frequent broadcasts and solo recitals and recordings.
Teaching has always been an important part of Martin’s life and the development of young talent helps him to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and has just been awarded his Fellowship there.
Martin lives in the Lake District which provides inspiration and relaxation and also enables him to indulge his passions for the countryside and hill-walking.
PROGRAMME
Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op 10, No 1
Schubert Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, No. 21, D. 960
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op.23
Chopin Nocturne in Db major Op.27, No.2
Chopin 3 Waltzes, Op.64
Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53

Full details of the Society’s season can be found at the revamped website – www.dpiano.co.uk and in its brochure, widely available throughout the area, as well as timely reminders via the websites of “What’s on in Darlington” and Darlington for Culture.
The recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington on the Sunday afternoons listed above, all beginning at 3.00pm.
Season tickets can be purchased through the booking form in the brochure or through the website. Individual recital tickets are available from Reception at the Dolphin Centre well in advance of each recital and are always available on the door on the day of the recitals