Recital Series 2022-2023

The impact of the Coronavirus since 2020 has been one of disruption to our regular pattern of performances but, despite this, we have revelled in the joy of an extended series of recitals in the last 12 months with the addition of the one-off summer season in 2021 to accommodate postponements and re-scheduling.   When followed by the usual autumn/winter recital season, this resulted in an unprecedented sequence of ten monthly recitals up to April 2022, with exceptional pianists, programmes and performances.  This involved a lot of extra work but hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm to continue to bring top quality events to the society.  I’m confident that the 2022-23 season will fulfil the expectations we all have.

We begin the season with the welcome return of Leon McCawley who gave us such a marvellous recital in March 2019 and bookend it with an appealing themed programme by Tom Poster.  All the pianists in the remainder of the season will be making their first visits here and include two major prize winners – Mario Häring (2nd prizewinner, Leeds 2018) and Mariam Batsashvili (winner of the 2014 Liszt competition).The other two recitals will be given by Mark Viner, the chair of the Alkan and Liszt societies, and, for the first time since 2015, a duo, widening the boundaries of programme possibilities.  The recital programmes present works from a wide range of genres, from JS Bach to Schönberg, as well as some lesser known composers such as Moszkowski and the three female composers in Tom Poster’s recital, which also includes his own arrangements of 20th century musical and cinema classics.

I’ll end with the same message as in previous years.  We continue to be grateful for commercial and personal sponsorship but in these particularly difficult times additional sponsors would be most welcome.  And, ultimately, the life blood of any Society is dependent upon membership levels and audience numbers, so please continue to spread the word, particularly amongst the young!