Pi­anist per­forms on grand Challen

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TOAD Lane Con­certs – Rochdale’s Weekly Mu­sic at Lunchtime – had its penul­ti­mate recital of 2017 on De­cem­ber 6, which was a solo piano per­for­mance.

The ma­ture Challen grand piano re­sounded to Beethoven’s mon­u­men­tal Sonata in E mi­nor op 90, Chopin’s great Fan­taisie – Im­promptu op 66, plus two of his Études, a Noc­turne and two Polon­aises.

This was fine piano, played on a big scale by Dun­can Glen­day, who first played at Rochdale’s Weekly Mu­sic at Lunchtime as a boy of 14, when it was housed at the old li­brary and art gallery (now Touch­stones).

Since com­plet­ing his stud­ies at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic (RNCM), Dun­can has es­tab­lished him­self as a sig­nif­i­cant mu­si­cian in the UK.

He is in great de­mand as a recital­ist and con­certo soloist, an ac­com­pa­nist and cham­ber mu­si­cian, with col­lab­o­ra­tions re­cently tak­ing him to the In­ter­na­tional Lake Dis­trict Sum­mer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the Isle of Wight Fes­ti­val. He has also recorded for BBC Ra­dio 2 and 3.

Dun­can is cur­rently a tu­tor of piano at Manch­ester Uni­ver­sity, Chetham’s School of Mu­sic and at the Ju­nior RNCM.

He is also the artis­tic di­rec­tor and founder of the Up­per­mill Sum­mer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

The fi­nale of 2017 was given on De­cem­ber 13 by Rochdale-born so­prano Kay Jor­dan with her col­leagues and pupils.

Kay is a Rochdale lass who went to Balder­stone Com­mu­nity School and on to uni­ver­sity to read science, only to dis­cover a marvel­lous so­prano voice and so thence to the RNCM and the Opera Stu­dio, Lon­don, be­fore an ex­hil­a­rat­ing singing ca­reer.

She was joined by her stu­dents – Ailsa and So­phie are at Wilm­slow High School. Sara is a speech ther­a­pist in Cheshire and has per­formed as a con­cert soloist.

Melanie is a spe­cial­ist dis­trict nurse and sings with the Maia Singers.

The group sang a var­ied pro­gramme of duets and so­los, from ora­to­rio and opera to pop­u­lar reper­toire, cul­mi­nat­ing, with au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, with Irv­ing Ber­lin’s peren­nial White Christ­mas – com­plete with out­side frost.

They were ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Tim Walker, who is in great de­mand by soloists and so­ci­eties in the north west and whose day job is in IT.

Rochdale’s Mu­sic at Lunchtime con­certs are held on Wed­nes­days, 12.30pm to 1.30pm, at St Mary’s in the Baum.

Ad­mis­sion costs £4 and re­fresh­ments are avail­able from 11.30am. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 01706 6488724

Get the phrase ‘chair­man of the board.’ Next up on the agenda is a talk by Chris Brown, from El­land near Hal­i­fax, a mem­ber of the Caugh­ley So­ci­ety and Rochdale An­tiques So­ci­ety, who will present an il­lus­trated talk about Caugh­ley Porce­lain. From around 17

●●Janus Kar­czewski-Slowikowski

●●Dun­can Glen­day

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