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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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).
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.