Our next recital will be on Tuesday 13 March at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. The pianist is Samantha Ward who will be playing
Schubert: Sonata in A major D664
Brahms: Klavierstücke Op.119
Schumann: Arabeske Op.18
Schumann: Symphonic Études Op.13
Tickets at the door are £12.50. (Free for accompanied children 16 & under; £6.00 for full time students and those on unemployment benefit).
On Tuesday, February 13th the Society celebrated its 75th anniversary in style with a recital by the brilliant young British pianist Viv McLean who delighted the audience with an appropriate programme for the occasion. Viv was making a welcome return having played on several occasions previously and began the evening with the Variations on “God Save the King” by Beethoven. This was followed by Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel Op.24, which was played with great authority and power and well appreciated by the audience. After the interval we were treated to a collection of pieces by Chopin starting with the rarely heard Polonaise in C minor Op. 40 No. 2 to be followed by the more gentle Nocturne in G minor Op. 30 No. 1. Then came the famous Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor Op.31, always a favourite with the audience. The Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No.1 was followed by a grand performance of the ever popular Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 and made a suitable end to the evening, except that the audience were treated to a surprise encore. Viv Mclean gave the first performance of a Polka by composer David Pennycuick which was a good end to the celebrations.
Everyone went home very happy after an evening of fine, well performed music and free refreshments in the interval.