A successful 10th Series of Brilliant Young International Musicians at St Peter’s Church

Findlay Spence (cello) and Anna Han (piano) brought the curtain down on the tenth series of these concerts with a stupendous performance of a contrasting and challenging programme.

They began with Beethoven’s A Major Sonata for Piano and Cello, described as a showpiece for both instruments, and played as such by both Findlay and Anna. It was a wonderful introduction to the skill and sensitivity of these young performers, playing together as if one. By contrast the second piece was the Cello Sonata in C Major by Britten, full of quirkiness such as evidenced in the programme notes referring to one of the movements as “a sped-up parody”, and another as “a tip of the hat to the satirical music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich”. We were back on a more even keel with the final piece, the Cello Sonata in A Major by Franck, gloriously performed with incredible energy and remarkable understanding of both the music and each other, which resulted in a standing ovation. Quite simply, stunning!

The 11th series is in the process of being finalised. Later this year we will have the pleasure of:

  • Ashok Gupta (piano) and Louise Kemeny (soprano) on September 11th;
  • the Fibonacci Quartet on October 16th;
  • Yoko Misumi (piano) and Haru Ushigusa (violin) on November 20th;
  • and the Ensemble Renard on December 11th.

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