FOUR of the UK's most dynamic rising stars of classical music have returned to the region to give a set of concerts for Absolute Classics’ penultimate series in its 2016/17 programme.
And audiences this weekend can expect “some exciting and diverse music played by engaging and passionate musicians.”
The Aurea Quartet are no strangers to Dumfries and Galloway and say they enjoy returning to the region’s audiences who have always been “warm and supportive” towards them.
Violist Christine Anderson said: “We have found the audiences here warm and supportive and it's not often we get to play in such a variety of venues in one area.
“We are very grateful to Absolute Classics director Alex McQuiston for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful series. We first played together as a quartet in Dumfries and Galloway, so it is particularly special to us.”
The Manchester-based quartet began their regional tour in Dumfries on Thursday to the delight of audiences in the Crichton Memorial Church and will appear at two more of the region’s venues this weekend.
The quartet comprises four award-winning young and talented classical musicians - Abbey Hayward, cello; Christine Anderson, viola; Philip Brett, violin; and Rosemary Attree, violin – who, during the first year of their formation, achieved joint first prize at the 2011 Cavatina Intercollegiate Quartet Competition in London, and won all of the chamber music prizes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
They gave their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2012 and were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where they were awarded a special prize for their outstanding performance of Lajtha String Quartet No.7.
And the accolades continued when they won the St Martin-in-the-Fields chamber music prize 2014, were selected for the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project 2014-16, as St John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2014-15 and became resident quartet for the 2015 Wye Valley Chamber Festival which, they say, was one of the biggest highlights of their careers.
Christine explained: “Our time as resident young quartet at the Wye Valley chamber festival is one we'll always remember. Mainly for the fantastic mentoring and coaching we received from the wonderful musicians there, the beautiful surroundings, and the warm, friendly atmosphere of the festival.
“Winning the St Martin in the Fields chamber music competition in 2014 was also exciting for us - especially performing in such a legendary venue! Recently, we spent a great week in Lithuania, studying with teachers from the European Chamber Music Academy, and we are currently greatly enjoying our time on the International Artists Diploma course at the RNCM.”
Despite being accustomed to playing to thousands in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, the quartet still enjoy performing to smaller audiences in a chamber setting.
“As performers, we can each add something really personal to what we are communicating to our audience by being completely present in what is being created - meaning that no two performances will ever be the same,” said Christine.
“From an audience perspective, being at a chamber concert is great because you can engage with each performer individually on a more intimate level and see how they communicate with each other to create a musical performance.”
As a group of young musicians, the quartet are playing their part in dispelling stereotypical perceptions of classical music and to make the genre accessible to all.
Christine added: “We have tried to create programmes that are both accessible and challenging for our audiences, showing what a huge range of characters, sounds and moods classical music can have.
“We hope that our passion and enjoyment of the music that we play comes across to our audience - live concerts really are the best way to experience music. It's always most enjoyable being an audience member when you can really get involved in the musicians' energy, and experience the music with them.”
The Aurea Quartet continue their regional tour this weekend at the Cally Palace Hotel, Gatehouse of Fleet, on Saturday (18 February) at 7.30pm and then at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill, on Sunday (19 February) at 3.30pm.
The programmes include music by Haydn, Shostakovich, Bartok and Schubert.
The magic and splendour of the opera comes to Dumfries in time for the festive season when one of Scotland’s most exciting opera companies perform their “brilliant” version of a Tchaikovsky classic.
Opera Bohemia comes to the Crichton Memorial Church in December to present the world’s favourite Russian opera, Eugene Onegin, as part of the Absolute Classics series of concerts.
Douglas Nairne, baritone, and Catriona Clark, soprano, lead a star cast of professional singers from this “young, exceptionally talented musical company”. The troupe will be joined by some of the musicians from the Opera Bohemia Ensemble: a chamber orchestra showcasing some of Scotland’s most talented young musicians
The opera, based on Alexander Pushkin’s famous novel, tells the story of a wealthy young man, who lives to regret his nonchalant dismissal of a young woman’s love.
John Wilkie’s imaginative production sets the action in the time of the Russian Revolution. Sung in Russian with English surtitles, and accompanied by piano and violin, this promises to be a great night out for opera lovers and newcomers alike.
The opera received high critical praise during its 2013/14 tour and was described as “a triumph and a masterclass in how to present a hugely popular and well-known opera on a small stage”.
This five star full opera will be presented for the evening of Sunday, 11 December at 7.30pm.
Absolute Classics director, Alex McQuiston, said: “Christmas is a time for indulgence and the experience of an enchanting and lavish opera is a real festive treat for all ages.
“Eugene Onegin is Tchaikovsky’s most celebrated opera and, as usual, tickets are free to anyone under the age of 26. This gives the whole family a rare opportunity to experience this wonderful, quality production together inside one of the region’s most beautiful venues.
“Opera Bohemia garners high praise for its performances and has become renown for the excellent standards of its productions as well as its ‘wonderful emotional intensity.’
“Absolute Classics is committed to bringing top quality classical performers to stages across Dumfries and Galloway and the exceptional talent of the cast of Opera Bohemia is both inspirational and brilliant.”
Also coming up in December, world-acclaimed pianist Simon Callaghan will be joined by master of the bassoon Joost Bosdijk for next month’s concert series. They will perform two programmes of music by the likes of Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Dubois, Schumann, Elgar and Bennet at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill, on 8 December and the Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet, on 10 December. All programmes begin at 7.30pm.
The series continues in 2017 with internationally acclaimed pianist Grace Mo in January; the Aurea Quartet in February; and pianist John Lenehan will perform alongside friends for the series finale in March.
Admission to all performances to the under 26s is free of charge.
Opera tickets from HERE.
Joost Bosdijk and Simon Callaghan tickets from HERE.
Three of the UK’s leading solo musicians come together in November to perform a number of concerts around the region for Absolute Classics’ continuing classical music series.
Pianist John Lenehan, cellist Karine Georgian and violinist Lorraine McAslan are the London Soloist Ensemble — a trio of exceptional, mesmerising talented musicians who are accustomed to playing in some of the world’s biggest venues yet are equally as relaxed in an intimate chamber setting.
John, who has been described as a pianist of "great flair and virtuosity", has performed worldwide to critical acclaim as soloist and chamber musician. Well regarded for his frequent collaborations with many of the UK's best known musicians, he has made more than sixty CDs of which more than a third are as soloist.
Over his career, he has enjoyed many prestigious high points which include playing at the Royal Variety Performance with Julian Lloyd Webber; in recital with Nigel Kennedy at the Vienna musikverein; performing Mozart concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Rachmaninoff 2nd Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, both at London’s Barbican Centre.
He recalled: “I also played at Windsor Castle, to Prince Charles, with Sarah Chang. Sometimes performances can be memorable because things went especially well and that can happen at any time and place, often when I am least expecting it.”
John is no stranger to Dumfries and Galloway and a regularly featured musician in the Absolute Classics series and the International Musicians Platform.
He said: “I enjoy playing for audiences in Dumfries and Galloway because of the intimate surroundings and immediate communication with the audience.
“These are the kind of concerts where I feel I can give of my best.
“I have many vivid memories of previous visits and I must say it is nice to look into an audience and see so many familiar faces!
The London Soloists Ensemble is five years old this year.
John explained: “Karine Georgian and I both wanted to start a group which could explore the vast range of chamber music repertoire. I had worked with Lorraine McAslan in the past and we immediately felt that she was the right person to join us.
“This is the core of a group which has at various times expanded by adding flute, clarinet, horn, viola and double bass. Our first recording (of quintets by Vaughan Williams) was issued in 2014 and a two year residency at St John’s, Smith Square, enabled us to programme familiar works (such as the Brahms Piano Quartets) alongside pieces that really should be heard more often (such as Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony in the composer’s own transcription - which we are playing in this series of concerts.
“Lorraine and Karine are both fiery performers with very strong personalities. We chose our group name partly to emphasise that we all have experience as soloists with orchestra as well as more intimate forms of music making.”
The ensemble gave the first performance in London of Stanford’s impressive 2nd Piano Quartet and played the Tchaikovsky piano trio in the Brighton “without Frontiers” festival earlier this year.
“We will be playing it again in this series of concerts”, John said. “It’s a gigantic piece lasting fifty minutes and is brim full of great melodies and high drama!”
And John revealed some of the other highlights of the concerts in Dumfries and Galloway: “We have quite a variety of music in our two programmes. As well as the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky already mentioned, we will play the piano trio by Clara Schumann.
“She was married to the famous Schumann and was one of the first women to be hailed as a virtuoso concert pianist in what was a completely male-dominated profession.
“She did not compose very much but her beautifully written trio can stand comparison with any of her contemporaries. We are a bit late for Hallowe’en but Arvo Part’s spooky remix of a Mozart piano piece certainly throws an altogether new light on a piece written 200 years previously.”
John is full of praise for classical music charities like Absolute Classics and their missions to bring the best quality performances to the region’s doorstep. He said: “Classical music used to feature quite regularly on prime-time TV but now its exposure has dwindled to practically nothing,
“As a result I think we are almost talking of no perceptions rather than negative ones. That is why organisations such as Absolute Classics are doing such important work just giving people the chance to hear a wide variety of music without having to travel long distances.”
The London Soloists will perform at the Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries, at 7.30pm on 17 November; Annan Academy, at 7..30pm on 18 November; Broughton House, Kirkcudbright, at 7.30pm on 19 November; and at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill, at 3.30pm on 20 November.
Tickets £12/Free to Under 26s and further information from HERE.
INTERNATIONALLY renowned cellist, Gemma Rosefield, plays to audiences of thousands in some of the biggest venues of the world.
But the Pierre Fournier award-winner is equally as comfortable playing cello in any setting and to any audience.
She said: “I approach each concert in exactly the same way — whether playing to a huge audience or five people and a dog!
“My approach to the music and performance does not differ where I am playing and I feel very strongly about this. I play in big halls and also often to children of all ages and people in care homes.
“It still can really surprise me when a child is fascinated with a more contemporary work rather than a Beethoven sonata or a piece we might 'expect' them to be more at home with. Children particularly have no pre-conceived ideas and come with open ears. I find this so refreshing.”
Gemma is in Dumfries and Galloway this weekend, playing to audiences with pianist Tim Horton as the Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet, tonight (22 October) at 7.30pm, and at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill, on Sunday (23 October) at 3.30pm.
The influences of this young London musician come from the masters she studied under and also her colleagues. She also says her family are very musical and hugely passionate about music.
"This gave me such positive start towards the cello and music in general which has continued,” she said. “I had several major influences while studying the cello such as Ralph Kirshbaum, David Strange, Johannes Goritzki and Gary Hoffman. I continue to be inspired by the wonderful colleagues I am lucky enough to make music with.”
Described by the Evening Standard as “a phenomenal talent”, and featured in BBC Music Magazine as “one to watch”, Gemma made her solo debut in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in The Diligentia, The Hague, in the New Masters International Recital Series.
She gave the highly successful Pierre Fournier Award recital in September 2008 at Wigmore Hall, and also the 2008 and 2009 Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concerts at the same venue. She performs regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has played widely outside the UK, in the USA, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Kenya, New Zealand, and throughout Europe.
As well playing solo to audiences around the world, Gemma gives some 50 performances a year as cellist of Ensemble 360, Royal Philharmonic Society Medal Winners, 2013. She is also cellist of the Leonore Piano Trio.
Despite having made so many performances over her career, Gemma has learned the secret of overcoming stage fright — preparation and bananas!
She explained: “I might think I am going to be very nervous before a performance in a very prestigious hall/festival, but as soon as I start playing I can often forget about that. Then I might play in a very small venue somewhere to very few people and find myself unexpectedly nervous. For sure though, good preparation helps with nerves — and bananas!”
Tonight and tomorrow provide the rare chance to experience this “mesmerising musical treasure” in Dumfries and Galloway.
And Gemma says audiences can expect a concert filled with incredible music and performers who are completely committed in bringing this music to them.
Gemma added: “We always like to talk a little about the pieces ourselves too as we might have a little story to tell that is not in the programme notes already.”
Further information about the concerts and online tickets from HERE
“I want the Dumfries and Galloway audience to experience the music each in their own way and, after my concert, each person to leave the hall having experienced some strong emotions. My hope is that I move them: maybe make them laugh, make them cry, or make them happy, but never indifferent.”
Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova is known to take her audience “completely by surprise”, leaving them “compelled and astonished” and she will play out the 2016 International Musicians Platform with one of her stunning concerts in Dumfries on Sunday (21 August).
Born into a family of professional musicians, Anna began her musical career at the age of four and has since gone on to become one of the world’s premiere young pianists.
Her “innate musical maturity and stunning technical abilities” have dazzled audiences around the globe and Anna has performed, both solo and with the world’s leading orchestras, in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America and Asia.
“As an artist I always give 100 per cent of energy and emotion, no matter if I play in a living room, at a house concert or at the stadium,” she said.
“I once played to 50,000 people and it was really unbelievable. I remember going on stage then and seeing no beginning and no end to an ocean of people.
“Playing for 2,000 people is the usual thing for performances with orchestras, sometimes recitals as well.
“Playing for 100-200 people is another beautiful experience as the atmosphere at this sort of concert is usually very intimate, warm and unique. You can talk to the people about music from the stage, it kind of drops the invisible curtain of formality between the artist and the listeners which is pleasant for both parts, I think.”
Anna is a passionate advocate of classical music and believes that negative perceptions of the genre will be alleviated as soon as someone experiences a great concert.
She said: “Many people who have never experienced a good concert and have never seen top artists play may take a negative view on classical music, for example it is for old people, it is boring, or it is the music of people who have been dead for hundreds of years.
“I hope those people who claim to not like or do not listen to classical music are just not realising they would love it if they would give it a chance.
“Classical music is, at its essence, the expression of all the aspects of the human soul. It is unique in this way that it can resonate with so many different kinds of people with so many different experiences. Everyone should have a chance to go to a great concert and the music will speak for itself.”
Anna believes live concerts provide a unique and personal experience to each member of the audience as well as the performance artist. She explained: “I think it’s very important to go to a live concerts as the amazing thing about classical music concerts is that everything is happening at the moment.
“This is the sacred process which is happening right there and right then and never can be repeated: even if the same performer will play the same piece again on the next day, it would already be unique and different.
“Recording can capture the performance, of course, but it still would be like a copy of a masterpiece by Rafael or Rodin, not the original.
“The artist lives through every emotion. Every event happening in the piece he or she is playing creates a unique atmosphere in the hall and hopefully takes the audience on this breathtaking journey too.
“The realisation they are the only fortunate witnesses to the creation of art at the concert should make the audience feel how special it is and appreciate it even more.
“I want the Dumfries and Galloway audience to experience the music each in their own way and, after my concert, each person to leave the hall having experienced some strong emotions. My hope is that I move them: maybe make them laugh, make them cry, or make them happy, but never indifferent. Depending on the person, I believe each one will find his own unique emotional connection.”
On Sunday, at 7.30pm at the Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries, Anna will perform a programme of music by Beethoven, Takemitsu, Rachmaninov and Chopin.
For further information and to book tickets, click HERE.
The The New York Times described her voice as “seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals" and called her “opera’s coolest soprano.”
Danielle de Niese’s extraordinary mix of potent charisma, powerful stage presence and a phenomenal operatic voice has made her an international megastar. She is considered a highly-prized personality on stage, on TV and radio and with the world’s press who have called her the “Beyoncé of classical music” and "the most sought-after singer on the planet."
Yet, despite commanding audiences of thousands to her performances on the biggest stages in the world, Danielle loves reaching out to smaller audiences and is looking forward to coming to Dumfries on Saturday, 13 August, to give a concert which she says will be “fun.”
She said: “Walking onto stage at the Met I have to project to 4,500 people, all of whom I need to engage in the drama of an opera. The same thing applies to the Royal Albert Hall: last week the audience for my Barber of Seville at the Proms was over 6,000.
“So for me it’s a great treat to sing to a small intimate audience and be able to be much more reflective in a performance.”
Danielle is an excellent ambassador for classical music. She believes the genre should not just be an experience for the privileged and has taken on the mission to make it available to all.
She said: “My personal challenge is to convince people every time I sing that classical music is a wonderful culture and to make it as accessible as possible to as many people as possible from all different walks of life.”
Born in Melbourne to Sri Lankan/Dutch parents, Danielle grew up in Los Angeles where she made her professional debut at the age of 15. At 18, she became the youngest ever singer to enter the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
At the age of 19, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut under James Levine, as Barbarina in Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed new production of Mozart Le nozze di Figaro. On the strength of her performance, Danielle went on to make major debuts at the Opéra National de Paris, Saito Kinen Festival and Netherlands Opera. In 2005 she made her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Cleopatra in David McVicar’s production of Handel Cleopatra and was catapulted to international fame. She has since reprised the role in the 2009 Glyndebourne revival, and in 2013 at the Metropolitan Opera, always to critical praise.
Danielle, who is a passionate and active advocate for children’s rights, studied under Dame Kiri Te Kanawa who she said is “a wonderful teacher and a huge inspiration.” Danielle is also inspiring a whole new generation of young classical musicians.
“I do a huge amount of work for kids from varying backgrounds,” she said, “and this to me is some of the most rewarding work I do. If I can switch on even one child to music, I feel this is worth it.”
Danielle’s advice to young people seeking a career in classical music is to take up opportunities and challenges when they arise.
She said: “It’s hugely difficult to achieve success. When you start out, the challenge is to get noticed, to do good work, and somehow to start building a name. But there are also breaks, and opportunities. The key is to be able to really grasp the moment when it comes and rise to the challenge.
“I think with any artist, the most important thing is to seek authenticity. I always tell students, be true to yourself. Anything less won’t do, and won’t be convincing to your audience. This applies in any artistic field, but especially to singers because we connect with our voices. This is incredibly important.”
Danielle will be making a rare appearance in the Easterbrook Hall’s Duncan Rooms, Dumfries, on Saturday, 13 August, at 7.30pm, as part of the International Musicians Platform concert series.
Accompanying her on stage will be internationally-acclaimed artists: tenor Nicky Spence and Simon Lepper on piano. The programme includes music by Gounod, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Berlioz, Puccini, Lehar, Gershwin and Bernstein.
Tickets are £20 but, as part of Absolute Classic’s mission to make quality classical music available to all and attract young audiences, the concert is free to anyone aged 26 and under.
For tickets, a full programme and information on the concert series, click HERE.
He is the winner of over ten international competitions, prizes and awards and a Rising Star for BBC Music Magazine and International Piano Magazine.
He was described by Charles Rosen as “an impressive artist with remarkable, unfailing musicality always moving with the most natural, electrifying, and satisfying interpretations” and his debut performance at the Wigmore Hall was hailed as “marvellous old-world pianism that Alfred Cortot would have admired.”
And this superb Ukraine-born pianist is returning to Dumfries and Galloway to take part in this month’s International Musicians Platform to give a concert and to teach young aspiring musicians the secrets of his success.
During his masterclasses, Sasha Grynyuk will tell his prodigies to be true to themselves.
He said: “I think it's a mistake to divide success into professional and other aspects such as family, music, friends, money, hobbies etc. Life comes as a whole and success is probably dependent upon taking it this way. As a musician you are especially connected to everything that happens in your life and the music always reflects you as you truly are, probably better than what you think you are.
“For me success is acting out and speaking out the truth as you see it, completely and without any fear, be that in music or anything else. Finding that truth is a success, life purpose and a constant 'work'.”
Sasha took up piano at a very young age. He studied at the National Music Academy of Ukraine and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ronan O’Hora. After graduation he also benefited from artistic guidance from the likes of Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia.
He regularly performs to audiences of thousands in the most renowned concert halls throughout Europe, South and North America, Far East and Asia, including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Salle Cortot, Bridgewater Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.
On the evening of Saturday, 6 August, however, he will be giving a recital at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel, at 7.30pm, to a maximum of 50 people.
“Playing for a smaller audience is usually very different from the larger numbers,” he said.
“If you imagine speaking in front of a small group of people, the dialogue is still somewhat possible plus you can feel the level of understanding of individuals and adjust what you are saying accordingly.
“However, in front of thousands it becomes a more general monologue that all would be able to understand on a certain level. But other qualities come in, it gets charged with all the attention combined together and so the results are often very interesting.”
Fitting into the ethos of Absolute Classics, Sasha believes classical music should never be considered elitist but should be made available to be enjoyed by all, keeping the genre alive.
He explained: “Many people don't have the luxury of education nor the time to appreciate good music, even though Domino's pizza and Friday night TV can be easily replaced with something better. The elite of the world right now are not bothered with the state of the human mind and, in consequence, even the little time we have is wasted.
“As musicians, we cannot sell good music, it is as it is and, once we change or rearrange it for mass appeal, it simply becomes something else unrelated to its original form.
“I think the only thing that music needs is real love and appreciation. That's how it came to be and that's how it will survive through the times.”
Sasha will deliver a programme of music by Goulda, Bach and Golberg and says: “I am playing Goldberg variations and a bit of additional jazzy pieces to start with.
“Goldberg is not your regular concert program, probably the majority of the audience will hear it for the first time. For me personally it's like a balm to the ears. It's a medicine which a pure diet can feel like after overindulging in French cuisine.”
For further information on Sasha's concert and to book tickets, click HERE.
“A performer’s job is to perform to people. It doesn’t matter whether that’s in front of an audience of thousands in one of the world’s great concert halls or to a few in a village hall. It is all about reaching people.”
Before her Percussion Concerto with Graz Philharmonic Orchestra in Austria and her performance of Kaluza Klein with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Canada, Dame Evelyn Glennie is looking forward to coming to Dumfries and Galloway.
The multi-award- winning musician, who was one of two laureates to win Sweden’s prestigious Polar Prize last year, will kick off the International Musicians Platform which takes place between 5 and 14 August at venues across Dumfries and Galloway.
Evelyn said: “I am very much looking forward to coming to Dumfries and Galloway, a beautiful part of the world.
“I remember very fondly the tours I did of Scotland, visiting all the nooks and crannies from churches to village halls. It is important to me to reach as many people as possible.”
Evelyn will join forces with pianist Philip Smith to bring a diverse and dynamic programme of new music to the Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries, on Friday, 5 August, at 7.30pm.
“I’m in a fairly unique position because technically I don’t consider myself a classical musician,” she said.
“My whole career has been based on new music and I collaborate with various composers in order to sustain my work.
“An audience is a massive demographic of people who can all easily relate to percussion. My concerts celebrate live music performed in the moment.”
Originally from Aberdeenshire, Evelyn is a musician, speaker, consultant and composer and is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. The international superstar performs on the world’s most prestigious stages as well as on radio and television.
Many will remember her performance before an audience of millions at the Opening Ceremony of London’s Olympic Games in 2012. She has released more than 30 solo albums and collaborates with many of the best musicians and composers in the world.
Evelyn’s mission is to teach the world to listen.
“My long-term aim is to teach the world to listen,” she said.
“Most daily challenges we all face are often about listening and the breakdown of listening. Social media affects the way we listen, for example, by distracting us from listening. “We hold a conversation while attending to emails or answering text messages. When I am giving a live performance, I am not going to say to the audience ‘hold on, I’m just going to attend to this email’. Yet, we do that when holding a conversation or in the workplace. That sort of distraction affects our
mood and how we listen.
“Real listening requires time, patience and no distractions.
“My ultimate aim is to create a centre that will house musical instruments and scores, but will not be just a ‘music’ centre it will be a listening centre for everyone”
The Dumfries recital will feature favourites from Evelyn’s vast repertoire and Piece for Dance – the new recital version of Wide Awakening by James Keane. Keiko Abe: Prism Rhapsody Evelyn Glennie and Philip Sheppard: Orologeria Aureola Nebojsa Zivkovic: Quasi Una Sonata James Keane: Piece for Dance John Psathas: View from Olympus.
BUY TICKETS FOR EVELYN GLENNIE AT THE CRICHTON MEMORIAL CHURCH, FRIDAY, 5 AUGUST.
Young musicians have an extraordinary opportunity to learn from some of the best international stars of classical music for free.
And a selection of the young talent will be given the chance to experience playing live to an audience in a special concert in Thornhill.
The International Musicians Platform kicks off on 5 August and, as well as bringing some of the world’s most famous names in the music industry to Dumfries and Galloway, will include an extraordinary opportunity for young people to experience a free half hour one-to- one masterclass with internationally renowned musicians and vocalists.
On Sunday, 7 August, multi award-winning Ukrainian pianist Sasha Grynyuk will offer piano masterclasses from 11am to 3pm at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms, Thornhill.
Violin, cello and viola will be in the spotlight on Wednesday 10 August, from 12pm to 3pm and Thursday, 11 August from 10am to 1pm at Dumfries’ Easterbrook Hall, when “one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful young quartets to have emerged from the UK in recent years”, the Benyounes Quartet, teach the secrets of strings.
Also at the Easterbrook Hall, on Friday, 12 August from 10am to 3pm, Thornhill’s internationally celebrated tenor Nicky Spence and rising star of opera, soprano Soraya Mafi, will give sessions on voice.
A final concert of selected participants will be held on Saturday, 13 August at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel.
Brought to the region by Absolute Classics, the International Musicians Platform is a celebration of world class classical music in its diversity of forms. This year, the world’s premiere solo percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, and “opera’s coolest soprano” Danielle de Niese will headline ten days of concerts taking place across the region between 5 and 14 August.
Absolute Classics director, Alex McQuiston, said: “We are delighted to have secured musicians of such high calibre to engage and enthuse the young musical talent of Dumfries and Galloway.
“Our education and outreach programmes to date have been a huge success and we have provided opportunities for over 1,000 young people under the age of 26 through a range of activities.
“We are unique in providing this level of educational opportunity in the region and have developed our activities through feedback from previous students, which has all been overwhelmingly positive. This means our focus on enabling engagement in quality musical experiences involves more and more of our young people each year.
“We would like to share our appreciation for the support we have received from our patrons and sponsors who are key in enabling these activities to continue and also to our funders, including the Holywood Trust, Creative Scotland, the Robertson Trust, the Hugh Fraser Foundation and the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme 2014-2020.”
For further information and to book a masterclass session, click HERE.