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Recital 7 December: Willshire Duo

 

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 7 December 2021 at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianists are James Willshire and Pippa Harrison who will be playing:

Schubert:       Marches Militaires D.733

Ravel:              Ma Mère l’Oye  (Mother Goose Suite)

Ravel:              La Valse

Stravinsky:    Le Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring)

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).  Seating will be socially distanced.  On facemasks, the policy of the venue is that participants do not have to wear a face covering by law, however we still encourage they do.

Recital 9 November: Dominic Degavino

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Dominic Degavino who will be playing:

Bach:                English Suite no.1 in A major   BWV 806
Chopin:            Ballade no.1 in G minor  (Op.23)
Liszt:                 
Années de Pélèrinage  Book 1 (Suisse)

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).  Seating will be socially distanced.  On facemasks, the policy of the venue is that participants do not have to wear a face covering by law, however we still encourage they do.

Recital 12 October: Iyad Sughayer

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 12 October 2021 at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Iyad Sughayer who will be playing:

Haydn:            Sonata in F major (Hob.xvi/23)
Beethoven:    Sonata in D minor (Tempest)  (Op.31)
Schubert:       Impromptus D899 nos.2,3,4  (Op.90)
Khachaturian:   Masquerade Suite

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).  Seating will be socially distanced.  On facemasks, the policy of the venue is that participants do not have to wear a face covering by law, however we still encourage they do.

Recital 21 September

Photo by David Levenson

(updated 14 September)

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Viv McLean who will be playing:

Mozart:            Sonata in C    K330
Bach: 
               Partita no.1   BWV 825
David Pennycuick:
   Scherzo in F   (Op.20)

INTERVAL
David Pennycuick:   Theme & Variations in E flat   (Op.13)
Beethoven:    Sonata in C minor (Pathétique)   (Op.13)

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).  Seating will be socially distanced.  On facemasks, the policy of the venue is that participants do not have to wear a face covering by law, however we still encourage they do.

2021-22 Season

We are pleased to announce the Society’s programme for the 2021-22 season.  There will be seven recitals, all on Tuesdays at 7.15 pm in the Pottery Room of Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

21 September 2021    Viv McLean

12 October 2021    Iyad Sughayer

9 November 2021     Dominic Degavino

7 December 2021    Pippa Harrison & James Willshire

8 February 2022     Antonina Suhanova

8 March 2022    Cristian Sandrin

12 April 2022    Daniel Lebhardt

Update 5 May 2021

We regret that the last recital of the season (Daniel Lebhardt on 18 May) also has to be cancelled.  All this season’s recitals are being rescheduled for the 2021-22 season, which will start with Viv McLean on Tuesday 21 September at 7.30 p.m.   Dates and pianists for the other recitals will be posted when these are confirmed.

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