THE 2017 ABSOLUTE CLASSICS FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 11 AND 20 AUGUST

Guy Johnston, Cello and Simon Callaghan, Piano
Wednesday 16th August 7.30pm
Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Adults £15, Under 26 Free


Programme:

Rachmaninov Romance in F minor
Prokofiev Sonata in C
Scriabin Romance
Interval
Sibelius 2 pieces Op. 77
Beethoven Sonata in A Op. 69

Guy Johnston, Cello

Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting British cellists of his generation. His early successes include winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and a Classical Brit. He has performed with many leading international orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Moscow Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony. Guy’s mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and Anner Bylsma.

Recent highlights include performances with the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony, as well as chamber music performances at Wigmore Hall and in festivals across Europe. Guy recently gave the premiere of the Howells Cello Concerto in Gloucester Cathedral and premiered Charlotte Bray’s ‘Falling in the Fire’ at the 2016 Proms, to particular acclaim from The Sunday Times (“The impressive solo cellist Guy Johnston shone at the Proms”).

Guy is a prolific recording artist and in the review of his debut recital CD with Kathryn Stott, The New York Times described “Mr. Johnston’s burnished and varied sound…” This year, Guy is recording a new CD celebrating the tricentenary of his David Tecchler cello for release in 2017. It will include a collaboration with the acclaimed Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where the cello was made.

 

Simon Callaghan, Piano

Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and on two occasions to the Banff Centre in Canada. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff.

2017 will take Simon throughout the UK and to Italy, Holland and Switzerland. Simon’s interest in rarely performed works has led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix, Tippett and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto. His rapidly expanding discography includes solo works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Sacheverell Coke and two volumes of Delius with Parnassius Duo partner, Hiro Takenouchi (on SOMM).

In 2017 he will release his debut concerto recording for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series: the first recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.