MIWK is delighted to announce that, subject to prevailing Covid regulations, our concerts will return in October 2021. The programme will comprise:
Unfortunately, the appearance of Scottish–Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub has had to be postponed for reasons beyond our control. We anticipate they will visit us in 2022, by when we hope all Covid-related restrictions on performance venues will have been lifted. We will announce a replacement concert for Friday 15th October soon.
Pianist Daniel Ciobanu has been described as offering “a cocktail of serious classical music combined with the lollipops and fireworks of the piano repertoire”. He first attracted international acclaim in 2017 at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv where he won both the Silver Medal and Audience Prize. He subsequently appeared at Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, St John’s Smith Square in London, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and toured in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil. His recording of works by Prokofiev, Enescu, Debussy and Liszt was released by Accentus in 2020.
The New York Classical Review wrote: “Ciobanu’s blinding technique alone made this an exciting experience, and his power, smooth and quick fingering, and precise delicacy supported deeply musical and expressive playing… he clearly loves the sound of a piano—striking chords, playing fast figures, and pedalling as a way to relish the ring and glow coming off the strings… few pianists can make a Steinway sound as good as Ciobanu did Thursday night”
Ciobanu will be playing MiWK’s Steinway on Saturday 20th November 2021. (Please mark on your calendar that, because we are dovetailing Daniel’s concert with other performances, this event is on a Saturday rather than our usual Friday).
Talented pianists Duo B!Zart proved so popular the first time round that we have invited them back again for a performance on Friday 21st January 2022. Their programme will be “about the story of fabulous music celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, the love story between French touch and American audacity”. Provisionally, it comprises – An American in Paris (Gershwin), La Belle Excentrique (Satie), Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring (Copland), Gazebo Dances (Corigliano), Mother Goose (Ravel), Souvenirs de Munich (Chabrier), Dolly, op. 56 (Fauré), Souvenirs op. 28 (Barber) and excerpts from West Side Story (Bernstein).
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And we are also re-arranging the visit of Opera Alba for 11th February 2022. Opera Alba offer a wide-ranging repertoire, and we are likely to hear a blend of Verdi, Mozart and Puccini with slightly lighter works by J Strauss, Lehar and Gilbert and Sullivan. Each member of Opera Alba has extensive experience of appearing on the professional operatic stage and on the concert platform. Catriona Clark (soprano), Grace Maria Wain (mezzo-soprano), Connor Smith (tenor), Steven Faughey (baritone) and Derek Clark (piano accompanist) bring together a wealth of virtuosity, experience and personality.
We have also re-booked the Bowker Myslek Duo, comprising Rosie Bowker (flute) and Aleksandra Myslek (piano), for 25th March 2022. Rosie and Aleksandra met in 2016 and have been performing together ever since. They have performed in festivals and concert series around the UK in London, Cambridge, Windsor, Scotland and Suffolk. They are winners of the 2020/21 Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme and are Live Music Now artists.
Both Rosie and Aleksandra have busy performing careers in their own right. As an orchestral musician Rosie has worked with the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as a soloist in Milton Court Concert Hall, Powderham Castle, Deal Festival and on BBC Radio 3. Aleksandra started her musical education in Warsaw, Poland, and since moving to the UK has given numerous recitals, chamber music and concerto performances. She won the Brenda Webb Accompanist Prize, and the Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize and has been invited to accompany at competitions such as the Two Moors Festival and Cambridge Strings Academy.
The highly acclaimed jazz ensemble Fergus McCreadie Trio will be with us on Friday 22 April 2022. Pianist Fergus is one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents. Born in Jamestown, near Strathpeffer, he grew up in Dollar and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018. As well as winning the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award with his trio in 2016, he has twice won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year under-17s Prize and is the winner of the Guy Jones Prize, the Joe Temperley Prize from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University.
McCreadie is joined by bassist David Bowden, the winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year title in 2017 and leader of the acclaimed, world music influenced band Mezcla; and drummer Stephen Henderson, a Jazzwise magazine One to Watch in 2018.
If you have an hour to spare you can enjoy the Trio’s performance at Seven Arts Leeds in November 2020.
We are also delighted to announce a concert to be supported by the Tunnell Trust in the following season. The Kwon-Lim Duo will bring their piano- and cello-playing talents to MiWK on 11th November 2022.