Monthly Archives: April 2019

Concert by Members and Friends: 14 May 2019

The 76th season ended with a concert by members and friends of the society, organised by our chairman, Kevin Walsh.  A good audience at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens enjoyed a varied programme, with interval refreshments.  The pianists and the pieces they played were:

Alan Bowers

Schubert: Impromptu in A flat (op 90 no 4)

Alan England

Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mark Tanner: Fishing Off Logan Rock

James Barker

Bach: Gigue from French Suite no 2

Chopin: Mazurka (op 59 no 2)

Sarah Robinson

Chopin: Preludes nos 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,10 (op 28)

Kevin Walsh

Chopin: Nocturne in G (op 37 no 2)

Ben Richards

Alexander Ilyinski: Étude (op 31 no 1)


Fabio Raciti

Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor (op posth.)

.             Polonaise in A flat (op 53)

Peter Hayes

Scott Joplin: The Ragtime Dance

.                     Elite Syncopations

Graeme Humphries

Brahms: Intermezzo (op 118 no 2)

John Welch

A selection of music from The Threepenny Opera by Bertold Brecht, Kurt Weill and Elisabeth Hauptmann: Overture – Mack the Knife – Pirate Jenny – Tango Ballade – What Keeps Mankind Alive -The Flick Knife Song (Mack Reprise)

David MacRae

Granados: Spanish Dance no 5 “Andalusia”

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2

Thanks to all the pianists for their contributions to what was a very pleasant and successful evening.


Review of Recital by Valentin Schiedermair 9 April 2019

The 76th season of the Society finished with a recital by the world famous pianist Valentin Schiedermair who entertained the audience with a popular programme of well loved music. The recital began with two Preludes and Fugues from Book Two of the Well Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach which were played with clarity and great authority. These were followed by a delightful performance of the Mozart Sonata in B flat, K570 and the first half of the recital ended with the Impromptu in F sharp Op. 36 and the Barcarolle in F sharp Op. 60 by Chopin. After the interval we heard the most splendid performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky which was a complete contrast to the first half of the recital.

Valentin Schiedermair certainly impressed the audience with his sheer stamina and brilliant technique, yet everything was played with musicality and detail. The audience demanded more, and the Mussorgsky was followed by a beautifully played Chopin Nocturne in F sharp op.15 no. 2.

From a musical family, Valentin has studied in many parts of the world with famous teachers and spends a very busy life both performing and teaching. Since his first radio recording aged 16 he has developed a large repertoire and is to be admired for his ability to involve the audience in his performance.

Lily Scott.