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)
Khachaturian:  
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

Recital 10 March: Ashley Wass

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Ashley Wass who will be playing:

Bach:    Partita no.1 in B flat major, BWV 825
Schumann:   Kinderszenen  Op. 15

INTERVAL

Elgar:  Enigma Variations (composer’s transcription)

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 Ugnius Pauliukonis 11 February 2020

Sunderland Pianoforte Society continued its 77th Season with a recital given by the brilliant young Lithuanian pianist Ugnius Pauliukonis who delighted his audience with a thoughtful and interesting programme. The recital began with a beautiful performance of the Sonata no. 52 in E flat by Haydn which was played with great care and authority. The speed was perfect as was the use of pedal which was minimal. This was followed by a selection of Chopin Nocturnes, Waltzes and Studies which made a good end to the first half. After the interval we heard Images, Book 1 by Debussy and again were impressed by the atmosphere created by Reflets dans L’eau which was followed by Hommage a Rameau and Mouvement which was given a brilliant performance. The evening finished with a moving and beautiful performance of the Sonata no.2 in B flat minor by Chopin, and the audience which had bravely struggled through very bad weather to attend were well rewarded by having such a good evening.

The Society is grateful for the sponsorship and support of Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme which over the years has been a great help to the Society.

Lily Scott

Recital 11 February: Ugnius Pauliukonis

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Ugnius Pauliukonis who will be playing**:

Haydn:    Sonata no.52 in E flat
Chopin:   Two Nocturnes Op.62
.                 Two Waltzes Op.34 nos.1&3
.                 Two Études Op.25 no.5 & Op.10 no.12

INTERVAL

Debussy:  Images Book I
Chopin:    Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor, Op.35

** Please note that this is a change of programme, although the Haydn Sonata remains the same, and there is still plenty of Chopin!

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 Grace Yeo 19 November 2019

The 77th season of the Sunderland Pianoforte Society continued with a recital given by Korean pianist Grace Yeo in the Pottery room at Sunderland Museum. It was well attended by an enthusiastic audience who enjoyed listening to works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Beethoven, and Scriabin, and were privileged to be present for the first performance of local composer David Pennycuick’s Preludes op.19 [nos. 20, 21, 24 and 6]. These were well contrasted preludes which were well received by the audience and beautifully played by Grace Yeo who had a clear understanding of the works.

The first half of the recital consisted of Robert Schumann’s Arabeske, op.18 and Sonata in G minor, op.11 as well as Clara Schumann’s Romance in A flat and Deuxième Scherzo in C. The second half began with the Pennycuick Preludes which were followed by Sonata op.10 no.3 by Beethoven and the recital finished with a brilliant performance of Scriabin’s Sonata no.4 in F sharp. However the audience wanted more and were given two encores, Liszt’s Gnomenreigen and Schumann’s Träumerei.

Grace Yeo was making her second visit to Sunderland and is an artist of great technical ability as well as a clear understanding of the music and gave the audience a most enjoyable evening.

Lily Scott

Recital 19 November: Grace Yeo

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 19 November at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Grace Yeo who will be playing:

Robert Schumann:   Arabeske  Op.18
Clara Schumann:      Deuxième Scherzo in C   Op.14
.                                     Romance in A flat  Op.11 no.3
Robert Schumann:  
 Sonata no.2 in G minor  Op.22

INTERVAL

David Pennycuick:   Preludes  Op.19 nos. 20,21,24,6
Beethoven:    Sonata no.7 in D  Op.10 no.3
Scriabin:         Sonata no.4 in F sharp  Op.30

Please note that this is an amended programme, although all the composers, and many of the pieces, remain as in the brochure.

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).