Recital Series 2024-2025

The Society, like many others, is facing challenging times. After the Covid pandemic many have seen a fall in membership and audience numbers.  Although the Society has good financial reserves, recent seasons have incurred deficits despite generous sponsorship and patronage support. Nevertheless, we aim to maintain the high standards of seasons past. However, to achieve this we have decided that we should make modest increases in membership and single ticket fees. Our new charges remain below those of many other societies in this part of the world and beyond, and represent great value for money.

Our other great challenge is ensuring the future management of the Society. The committee membership is only four in number and “getting on in years” and to ensure the continuation of the society additional personnel are needed. Please consider whether you could join the committee – have a chat with a committee member.

This season brings six pianists, appearing for us for the first time, and bringing marvellous programmes, each of which includes works not played for us previously. By accident rather than design, we have three connections with the Leeds International Piano competition in our season: a 2024 Leeds finalist (Callum McLachlan), a previous winner (Sofya Gulyak in 2009, the first female winner) and a 2024 jury member in Mariam Batsashvili.

We continue to be grateful for commercial and personal sponsorship, but additional sponsors would be most welcome. Ultimately, the lifeblood of any Society is dependent upon membership levels and audience numbers, so please continue to spread the word, particularly amongst the young!