As a long-time pianist, I have to confess that this instrument still remains my favourite, with its challenging technical demands.
To hear the piano, well played, in a concert venue is always a great joy, but it is not often that venues commit themselves to entire series of events devoted to this one instrument.
But Stowe School recently wrote to me to tell me about their new Cheung Steinway Concert Series, which started this week as part of the site’s Arts At Stowe programme. The plan is to attract some of the world’s most celebrated pianists to the school to perform as part of regular Wednesday evening concerts.
The programme will continue on Wednesday, January 15, with a concert by the Adderbury Ensemble, including Chris Windass on viola, Fiona Cross on clarinet and Nigel Clayton on piano. The group will play pieces including Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio.
Then, on January 22, the Rebecca Nash Trio (with Rebecca on piano, Matt Fisher on drums and Paul Michael on bass) will perform.
Concerts will start each Wednesday at 7pm and will last for about an hour. Tickets cost £8, including a complimentary glass of wine. To book tickets, see www.stowearts.co.uk.
I always enjoy hearing from the many musical groups in Northamptonshire so if you would like to see your forthcoming classical music concert mentioned in this column, please email me at the above address or call me on 01604 467046.