Our Concerts 2017-2018

HMC VENUE

Concerts 2017 – 2018

JONATHAN  PLOWRIGHT

SATURDAY, 23rd SEPTEMBER, The Drill Hall, Denne Road  7.30pm

Jonathan Plowright has been described as ’one of the finest living pianists’ by Gramophone magazine. Gold Medallist at the RAM, Peabody Conservatory Concours winner and a Fulbright Scholar, after his studies Jonathan was a prize-winner in many competitions, including Gold Medal First Prize Winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Awards and the European Piano Competition. 

Tickets: Adults £20 under 18s £5

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ALEXANDRA LOMEIKO & ANTONINA SUHANOVA

FRIDAY, 24th NOVEMBER The Drill Hall, Denne Road  7.30pm

Award-winning violinist Alexandra Lomeiko was born in 1991 anArtists7d in 1996 she began lessons with Natalia Lomeiko (Snr) in New Zealand. In 2006 Alexandra moved to London where she has been very active both as a soloist and a chamber musician, performing in many prestigious venues. She has studied at the Purcell School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is currently completing her postgraduate degree at the Royal Collegeof Music where she is an RCM Lark Scholar supported by a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship and an award from the Countess of Munster Trust.  Antonina Suhanova was born in Riga, Latvia in 1991. Since 2000 she has been praised at numerous national and international piano competitions and in 2012 was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School to study Artists5with Ronan O’Hora. After postgraduate studies she made her debut performance with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and conductor Adrian Leaper at the Barbican Hall in 2016. Antonina has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Latvia, London and Moscow, performed at renowned festivals in London, Latvia and the Netherlands and participated in masterclasses of numerous world-renowned pianists.

Tickets: Adults £17  under 18s £5

JESS GILLAM & ANTHONY HEWITT

SATURDAY, 17th MARCH St Mark’s Church, North Heath Lane  7.30pm

18-year-old saxophonist Jess Gillam from Ulverston, Cumbria, began playing saxophone aged 7. In 2016, Artists4Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She reached the Grand Final and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Hall to critical acclaim. 2017 sees Jess making her BBC Proms solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, performing with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Concerto highlights  for the season include appearances with Southbank Sinfonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  She gives recitals throughout the UK and has appeared on BBC Radio.  Jess studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and has now entered the RNCM with an ABRSM Scholarship. Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists with a prolific performing career spanning two decades. He has performed regularly at the Wigmore Hall, at festivals worldwide, and has received critical acclaim for his many recordings. He enjoys a diverse musical life as founding Artistic Director of the Ulverston International Music Festival, professor at Birmingham Conservatoire, and Artists6enthusiastic chamber musician. In 2012 he cycled 1200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats giving a concert every night, raising over £13,000 for charity.   

Tickets: Adults £20 under 18s £5

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THE PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET

SATURDAY, 12th MAY St Mark’s Church, North Heath Lane  7.30pm


The Primrose Piano Quartet was formed in 2004 by pianist John Thwaites and three of the UK’s most renowned chamber musicians. It isArtists3 named after the great Scottish violist, William Primrose. Alongside their performances of the major repertoire, the Primrose Quartet have researched widely the forgotten legacy of 20th century English composers, and have revived a number of remarkable and unjustly neglected piano quartets. In 2009 an exciting commission, born out of their strong Scottish connections and timed to celebrate Robert Burns’s 250th anniversary, was the “Burns Air Variations”. The Primrose invited a number of their composer friends to write a short variation each on Burns’ “By Yon Castle Wa”, and the resulting 30-minute work received premières in Tunbridge Wells, at the Sound Festival, and at Kings Place, London.

Tickets: £23 under 18s £5

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