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I have had a busy (but hugely enjoyable) few months preparing a variety of different concert programmes, but I think the highlight for me would have to be the two performances I gave of Rachmaninov's epic Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op.19 with Andrew Fuller. Andrew is such a great musician to work with - an outstanding cellist, and a very easy chamber music partner too! I love the way he plays the Schubert 'Apreggione' Sonata – just like a great lieder singer. I hope we can do much more together...
My piano duet partner, Faith Leadbetter, had to withdraw at the last minute from a concert in Bramley, Surrey with the flu – fortunately Andrew and I had been rehearsing the programme of Schubert, Martinu and Rachmaninov, and were able to give it at 24 hours notice! Happily, Faith is now recovered, and we are looking forward to a busy summer together, with concerts in Bath, the Isle of Wight, at Coverwood Lakes, and the re-arranged recital in Bramley on July 20th.
The concert in Bramley will be at Holy Trinity Church, where they have just started a series of recitals. The Steinway piano there is outstanding, one of the best I have played. The venue is warm, welcoming, and the concerts extremely well-organised, with upwards of 250 people attending both the concerts they have held...and the Jolly Farmer pub is right opposite!
I'm off to Scotland next month to adjudicate the Galloway Music Festival for a week, and really looking forward to it...it will be a nice chance to catch up with some old friends, and if the weather holds, to get a quick round of golf in on my morning off!