Lunchtime Concerts

Light lunches available from 12 noon, concert performances commence at 1.00pm

Admission by Programme - £5.00

Our 2016-17 series ended in June, us having enjoyed a wonderful array of Concerts during the previous months, and being able to support not only the Church funds but also a variety of charities month on month. After a break in July and August we commenced the 2017-18 series on 20th September with a Concert by Juniper Ensemble (Anna Rosa Mari - flute, and Eira Lynn Jones (Harp).  

October 19th saw Edward Robinson (Baritone) and Dennis Tjiok (Piano) presenting a programme of folk music. Edward and Dennis are on a Folk Recital Tour covering the North West and the Midlands, and we were their second venue.

15th November was a further welcome visit by students from Chethams School of Music bringing to us a wonderful programme delivered by stfudents of great talent.

Moving into 2018, and 17th January enabled us to welcome The Kell Trio (Alastair Roberts - flute, Geoffrey Smith - clarinet, and Ian Harvey - bassoon). The Kell Wind Trio has gained a reputation for giving lively and informative concerts which include music of many different styles and genres – from music of the Baroque to accessible music from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Kell Wind Trio is named after the pioneering English instrumentalist Reginald Kell, who was the first clarinettist to use vibrato in orchestral concerts.

Now we stretch into February, and on the 21st we look forward to a Concert by members of the McLachlan Family - Matthew, Rose and Callum -  each one a high calibre and talented performer. Their programme is to be covered by pieces by Chopin:

Polonaise in A major, op. 40

Fantasie in F minor op 49    (Matthew McLachlan)

Three Waltzes:

No. 1 in E flat op. 18

No.2 in A flat op. 34 no. 1

No 3 in A minor op. 34 no. 2

Scherzo no 3 in C sharp minor op 39

(Rose McLachlan)

 

Barcarolle in F sharp, op. 60

Scherzo no 4 in E major op. 54

(Callum McLachlan)

Certainly a date for your diary and a presentation not to be missed.

MCLACHLAN FAMILY

Murray McLachlan, Chair of EPTA (European Piano Teachers’ Association) is Head of Keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music and a Senior Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.  McLachlan has made over 40 commercial recordings which have consistently received outstanding reviews, including ‘key recording’ and ‘rosette’ status in the Penguin Guide to CDs.  He has performed on all five continents and also serves regularly on juries of international piano competitions.

McLachlan is founder/artistic Director of the Chetham’s International Summer school and festival for Pianists, Europe’s largest summer school devoted exclusively to the piano (www.pianosummerschool.com)  In 2007 McLachlan launched the first Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists (www.pianoconcertocompetition.com) an event which was presented for the fourth time in August 2013.

McLachlan is also a well-known writer, and has contributed many articles on piano technique and music to magazines including ‘International Piano’ and ‘BBC Music Magazine’. In 2013 Faber published his book 'foundations of technique' and later this year will publish its successor 'Piano technique in Practice'. After editing ‘Piano Professional’ Magazine from 2006-14, he was appointed editor of 'piano Journal' in 2014. In June 2012 the University of Dundee awarded him an honorary Doctorate for outstanding services to music and education. This follows on from an honorary knighthood awarded for services to Maltese Music in 1997. Murray McLachlan continues to perform all over the world. Is currently artistic director of the 'Camel House' concerts series in Lanzarote, for whom he recently performed the cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas from memory over seven recitals.

 

KATHRYN PAGE

“She played magnificently” The Guardian

Kathryn Page has given over 20 recitals at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and chamber music pianist. She has toured Norway, Italy, Ireland and Australia where she gave seven recitals at the Sydney Festival and broadcast for ABC. At home Kathryn has performed at many of the leading music festivals and has given numerous live broadcasts for BBC radio 3 from Broadcasting House, St Georges, Bristol and St Davids Hall, Cardiff. Her interest in contemporary music has led to many world premieres including works by Gary Carpenter, Alisdair Nicholson and Django Bates. She has worked with many established artists including David Campbell, Joanna MacGregor and Sting! TV work has ranged from a live recital from Paris on CNN, An appearance on the Korean broadcasting network, several performances on Irish TV and a much treasured Blue Peter badge. In 1991 she recorded the complete set of six Mozart-Grieg duo sonatas for BBC Radio Three.  In recent years Kathryn has worked prolifically as a a popular and busy adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals,  ABRSM examiner, and administrator for EPTA UK, the Chetham’s International Summer School For Pianists and the Manchester International Concerto Competition.  She recorded Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos, Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ and Camilleri’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion with Murray McLachlan, and gave an acclaimed performance in 2013 of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Chetham’s.

Callum McLachlan was born in 1999. He started piano lessons with his father at the age of 7, and after 4 years passed grade 8 at the age of 11. He was accepted into Chetham’s School of Music in 2010 where he studied with Russian pedagogue Dina Parakhina. He has performed at many prestigious concert venues around the country, including Bridgewater hall, Steinway hall and RNCM, and in August 2016, performed Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto at the Edinburgh Fringe festival under the baton of Robert Dick. He was awarded the highest diploma from Trinity College – the FTCL. He has also had much success in competitions throughout the UK, winning 1st prize in the Welsh International Piano Competition (U19), The Scottish International Youth prize, as well as reaching the national finals of the EPTA piano competition. He most recently performed a recital consisting of largely unknown works by Ronald Stevenson and Percy Grainger at the ‘Bartolomeo Cristofori Festival’ in Padua, Italy. He also won 1st prize in the Chetham’s Yamaha Piano competition, Chopin competition and the Bach competition, and is a prize-winner of the Musical Odyssey Masterclasses Talent Unlimited Prize. He has received funding to study on summer music courses in Mallorca, Spain and Alberta, Canada  An avid chamber musician, he has performed works of Field, Shostakovich, Brahms and Schumann, as well as many piano duets, including Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ and Rachmaninoff’s 2nd suite. He has played in numerous masterclasses to esteemed musicians such as Stephan Hough, Peter Donohoe and Andre Gavrilov. Callum hopes to continue his studies in Germany.

Away from the piano, his hobbies include football, reading and walking.

Callum is grateful to the Royal Philharmonic Society for supporting his studies.

Matthew McLachlan was born in 2000 and started piano lessons with his father in 2008.  At 11 years of age he passed grade 8 and entered Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician, studying with John Byrne.  After two years in Somerset he entered Chetham’s in Manchester where he now studies piano with Dina Parakhina and Cello with Gill Thoday.

Matthew was awarded the ATCL recital diploma with distinction in 2014, the LTCL, also with distinction in 2015 and the FTCL in 2016.  His performance of Ravel’s G major Piano Concerto was commended in the Chetham’s Concerto competition this year, and he was a prizewinner at the 2014 Mazovia Chopin Festival in Poland.  As a result of his performance in Mazovia, he was selected to perform a 60 minute solo recital at the 2015 World Piano Teachers’ Conference (WPTA (in Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2016 he was award 3rd prize in the senior section of the Scottish International Youth Prize at RCS in Glasgow. 2017 he won the Chetham’s Bach prize and 2nd Prize in the Chetham’s Yamaha Competition as well as 2nd Prize in Poland in the Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition.  In August 2017 he was selected to perform Tchaikovksy’ piano concerto no. 1 at the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Poland.   Away from music Matthew is a keen footballer, playing for Hazel Grove United.  He is also very interested in modern languages.

Rose McLachlan was born in 2002 Rose Mclachlan and has been playing the piano since 2008. She entered Chethams School of Music in 2010 as a chorister at       Manchester Cathedral. Rose is now a pianist studying with Helen Krizos, studying organ with Chris Stokes and having singing lessons with Helen Francis. In 2012, she passed Grade 8 piano with 144/150 - distinction and in 2017 was awarded the LtCL performers diploma with distinction.  Rose was the overall winner of junior and senior classes of the 2016 Scottish Youth Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  She also won the Sir David Wilcocks Organ Scholarship 2014/15. She has performed Beethoven's second concerto five times as well as solo recitals in Lanzarote, Portsmouth, Wilmslow, and various lunchtime concerts at Chethams.  In February 2017 she will perform all 17 of Chopin’s Waltzes for Sir Ernest Hall in his Camel Concerts series of recitals in Lanzarote.

Dates

Wednesday 21st February, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A piano recital of Chopin's works by members of the McLachlan family. Polonaise in A major, op. 40 Fantasie in F minor op 49 (Matthew McLachlan) Three Waltzes: No. 1 in E flat op. 18 No.2 in A flat op. 34 no. 1 No 3 in A minor op. 34 no. 2 Scherzo no 3 in C sharp minor op 39 (Rose McLachlan) Barcarolle in F sharp, op. 60 Scherzo no 4 in E major op. 54 (Callum McLachlan)
Wednesday 21st March, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A violin recital by William Chadwick / violin and Imy Luc / pianoStudents from the Royal Northern College of Music
Wednesday 18th April, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
A piano recital by Leif Kanar-Lidstrom, a student of the Royal Northern College of Music
Wednesday 16th May, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Wednesday 20th June, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunchtime Concert
Students from Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
Prayer for the day
For those who live alone, and yet will see the days beginning to lengthen and the time to close the curtains moving later, but help us to remember that a call, a phone message, or a short conversation can mean a lot when the days seem long and rather lonely.
Lunchtime Concerts

Our next Lunchtime Concert will be on Wed 21st February at 1:00pm with A piano recital of Chopin's works by members of the McLachlan family. Polonaise in A major, op. 40 Fantasie in F minor op 49 (Matthew McLachlan) Three Waltzes: No. 1 in E flat op. 18 No.2 in A flat op. 34 no. 1 No 3 in A minor op. 34 no. 2 Scherzo no 3 in C sharp minor op 39 (Rose McLachlan) Barcarolle in F sharp, op. 60 Scherzo no 4 in E major op. 54 (Callum McLachlan) .

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Wednesday 21st February
A piano recital of Chopin's works by members of the McLachlan family. Polonaise in A major, op. 40 Fantasie in F minor op 49 (Matthew McLachlan) Three Waltzes: No. 1 in E flat op. 18 No.2 in A flat op. 34 no. 1 No 3 in A minor op. 34 no. 2 Scherzo no 3 in C sharp minor op 39 (Rose McLachlan) Barcarolle in F sharp, op. 60 Scherzo no 4 in E major op. 54 (Callum McLachlan)
Sunday 25th February
11:00am - Morning Worship
with Rev. Sue Swires