Update 8 April

Regretfully, the duo recital on 20th April has also been cancelled.  On a more positive note, all the cancelled concerts from this season are being rearranged in 2021-22, and the dates will be posted when they have been confirmed.

Update 6 March 2021

We very much regret that owing to the continuing lockdown Antonina Suhanova’s recital (30 March) must be further postponed.  New dates for postponed recitals will be announced when they have been arranged.

Update 11 February 2021

There are two further changes to our schedule.  We are sorry that Cristian Sandrin’s recital on 9th March is now cancelled, as a result of the continuing lockdown.  But Viv McLean’s recital, originally booked for September 2020, has now been rearranged, for 21st September 2021.  We will continue to post updates when further decisions are made about the remaining concerts in the current season.

Update 18 January 2021

Given the current lockdown, the recital by Dominic Degavino scheduled for 9th February cannot go ahead.   We are very sorry not to be able to resume our programme at present.  A decision has not yet been made on the two March recitals, but we will post a further update when the situation becomes clearer.

2020-21 Season: Further Update

There are two further changes to the programme.  Regretfully, Iyad Sughayer’s recital on 12th January is CANCELLED; we hope that it can be rearranged for the 21/22 season.  However, Antonina Suhanova’s recital (cancelled in December) has now been rearranged for Tuesday 30th March 2021.  We are still hoping to start our much delayed season in February!

2020-21 Season: Update

Here is an update on the current situation regarding the 20/21 season. The committee have continued to hope that we may get going at some point and indeed plans were well advanced for a concert in December but the latest Government restrictions have essentially ruled that out and it has been cancelled. That is the first concert to be actually cancelled; others have been rearranged and there are existing bookings running from January through to May. We are, of course, dependent on the stance of the Government and the Local Authority but we will remain primed to get going whenever we can and will communicate whenever the door might open. Inside the door we should expect limited numbers, “ distancing “ but hopefully not masks.

2020-21 Season: Revised Dates

We are sorry that the start of the new season has to be postponed further, given the current pandemic situation.  The October and November recitals (by Daniel Lebhardt and Viv McLean) are now postponed to late Spring 2021.  We are now planning to start the season in December with the recital by Antonina Suhanova, but still holding a full season of 7 recitals.  The dates and pianists for the recitals between December and April are unchanged.  See the page RECITAL SCHEDULE 2020-21 for full details.

20/21 Season: Revised Schedule

Given current uncertainties, we have decided to postpone the start of the new season to October.  All the planned recitals are still included, but there are some date changes.  There will also be a recital by Iyad Sughayer to replace his cancelled recital in April this year, so there will now be a total of 7 concerts in the season.  The full revised schedule is

Tuesday 20 October 2020          Daniel Lebhardt

Tuesday 17 November 2020     Viv McLean  

Tuesday 8 December 2020        Antonina Suhanova

Tuesday 12 January 2021           Iyad Sughayer

Tuesday 9 February 2021          Dominic Degavino

Tuesday 9 March 2021                Cristian Sandrin

Tuesday 20 April 2021                 James Willshire & Philippa Harrison (duo)

Recital 7 April: Iyad Sughayer

We very much regret that, following the Government advice relating to the coronavirus, this recital is cancelled.  We have also cancelled the Members’ and Guests’ evening on 12 May.

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 7 April 2020 at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Iyad Sughayer who will be playing:

Khachaturian:  Poem
Mozart:               Sonata in D major K.576
Liszt:                    Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (selection)
Piano Sonata

Please note that this is an amended programme. Chosen as ‘One to Watch’ by International Piano Magazine, Iyad’s debut album, the Khachaturian Piano Works, on BIS Records received critical acclaim when it was released in November 2019.

Non-members welcome. Tickets at the door are £12.50.  (Free for accompanied children 16 & under; £6.00 for full time students and those on unemployment benefit).

Review of recital by Ashley Wass 10 March 2020

The Sunderland Pianoforte Society continued its 77th season with a recital given by well established British pianist, Ashley Wass. An old friend of the Society who was making a welcome return visit, he gave the audience a wonderful evening performing works by Bach, Schumann and Elgar. As well as winning many competitions Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He made his Proms debute in 2008 and since then has played in many countries.

The evening began with a most impressive performance of the Bach Partita No. 1 in B flat which was played with great authority and contrast and was clearly enjoyed by the audience. This was followed by Kinderszenen by Schumann which was given a beautiful performance and was a good contrast to the Bach. After the interval we heard Elgar’s own transcription of the Enigma Variations, a much loved work which is rarely heard as a piano solo but Ashley Wass managed to make this sound very orchestral, using the piano in a most professional manner and producing very rich sounds. This is a true artist.

The audience were not willing to let Ashley finish and were given an encore of the Arietta, op.12 no.1 by Grieg. Altogether, a very good evening.

Lily Scott