Programme 2022-23

Following our first post-Covid season, MiWK is delighted to announce its programme for 2022-23 (underlined names are clickable):

The Ayoub Sisters Friday 28th October 2022

Waynne Kwon and Mihai Ritivoiu Friday 11th November 2022

Scozzesi Friday 13 January 2023

Sirocco Winds Friday 17 February 2023

Tim Kliphuis Trio Friday 3rd March 2023

The Clyde Duo Friday April 14th 2023

All our concerts start at 7.30 in West Kilbride Village Hall

The much-anticipated appearance of Scottish–Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub has been delayed by the pandemic, but they will now open our new season on Friday 28th October 2022. The Sisters recorded their first album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios: it debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart and was nominated for a Classic Brit and Global Award. They have performed across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia, including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium, Cairo Opera House and Dubai Opera. They have performed as soloists with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera Orchestra and Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and have toured with the nation’s favourite choir master, Gareth Malone.

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Please note the change to our concert on 11th November 2022, which was to have featured the Kwon-Lim Duo. Unfortunately,  Victor Lim has injured his arm and cannot perform. However, the outstanding young Romanian pianist Mihai Ritivoiu has agreed to play in his place. This concert is sponsored by the Tunnell Trust. Waynne Kwon was a winner of the Tunnell Trust’s 2020 competition and Mihai Ritivoiu was a winner in 2019.

Australian-Korean cellist Waynne Kwon has been described as a cellist with “an absolute mastery of technique” with “a sensitive and expressive musicianship” (Blue Mountains Gazette). Having won numerous prestigious awards and competitions, Waynne has performed concertos with leading orchestras and has appeared in such prestigious venues as the Sydney Opera House, Angel Place City Recital Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Verbrugghen Hall and St.John Smith’s Square.

Laureate of several international competitions, including the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, Mihai Ritivoiu has performed in major halls throughout Europe and Japan. He has given concerts with such orchestras as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, MDR Leipzig, Romanian Radio Orchestra and George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest.

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Scozzesi will be bringing us an evening of song on Friday 13 January 2023. Scozzesi (italian for Scottish men) have been described as the latest word in posh boy bands! This highly talented male vocal ensemble – who all have notable solo careers – will sing harmonies arranged specifically for Tenor I, Tenor II, Baritone and Bass, some accompanied on piano, some unaccompanied. They perform a mixed repertoire of solos, duets, trios and quartets from the worlds of opera, operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, songs from the shows, and include some of our best loved traditional tunes in four part harmony. Scozzesi appear courtesy of Classical Musicians Scotland.

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Sirocco Winds will perform for us on Friday 17 February 2023. They are a wind ensemble who pride themselves on being a young, enthusiastic and vibrant group. Their successes include winning the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, being invited to perform at the Emerging Artists series at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and playing live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland. Individually, members of the group have worked with orchestras and ensembles such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Hebrides Ensemble and Red Note (Scotland’s Contemporary Music Ensemble). They comprise Matthew Howells (flute), Irena Klimach (oboe), Calum Robertson (clarinet), Victoria López (bassoon) and Peter McNeill (french horn). Sirocco Winds appear courtesy of Classical Musicians Scotland.

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On 3rd March 2023 we welcome back the fantastic Tim Kliphuis Trio, whose brand of hot-club jazz has proved so popular with us in the past. Kliphuis has been hailed as a ‘current-day improvising Paganini’, and his inclusive approach to music has united audiences and is influencing a new generation of string players. The Trio includes Nigel Clark, guitar and Roy Percy, double bass. They performed for the Dutch King at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, curated the world fiddle night at Celtic Connections Glasgow, celebrated Stéphane Grappelli at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine and shared the stage with Les Paul, Richard Galliano, Frankie Gavin, Martin Hayes and Daniel Hope. The Trio collaborated with the Netherlands and Tallinn Chamber Orchestras, The Hague and Cape Town Philharmonic and Sinfonietta Amsterdam and toured America, South Africa and Russia.

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On April 14th 2023, we welcome the Clyde Duo. Irish Flautist, Aisling Agnew and Welsh Harpist, Sharron Griffiths have been together since 2010, since when they have performed across the UK and internationally. Aisling and Sharron share a passion for performing music from the beautiful flute and harp repertoire including well known composers such as Debussy, Bach and Rossini, along with music from their native countries, Ireland, Wales and their adopted home, Scotland. ​​​Aisling has toured internationally, performing at prominent festivals such as the National Flute Association’s 40th Convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Jeonju International Sori Festival in Korea, Sarajevo Winter Festival and also closer to home at New Music Dublin, the British Flute Convention in Manchester, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, and the Belfast International Festival as both a soloist and chamber musician. Sharron has pursued a diverse and varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in recitals both on the concert platform, recording and radio broadcasts. She works regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has held positions on West End and touring Musicals, along with playing for many pop & film sessions

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