Last Night of Proms star set for North East


Sunday Sun - - News - By Mike Kelly Re­porter mike.kelly@ncj­me­

THE young mu­si­cian who stole the show at this year’s Last Night of the Proms is to per­form in the north east.

Sax­o­phon­ist Jess Gil­lam, 20, wowed the Royal Al­bert Hall au­di­ence ear­lier this month with the piece, Scaramouche, by Dar­ius Mil­haud.

And her con­cert on Fe­bru­ary 13 is go­ing to be one of the high­lights of the Hex­ham and District Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s 2018/19 con­cert se­ries that be­gins next month at the Queen’s Hall.

Chair of the so­ci­ety, Martin Hughes, said: “Our new se­ries gives lo­cal au­di­ences the chance to hear live per­for­mances by world-class mu­si­cians, of mu­sic rang­ing from clas­sics by Mozart and Beethoven to works by 20th cen­tury mas­ters such as Ravel and Ligeti.”

The first con­cert on Oc­to­ber 16 is given by the Sha­ham Erez Wall­fisch Trio, praised by one critic as “three of the finest in­ter­na­tional in­stru­men­tal­ists per­form­ing to­day”.

In Novem­ber, the so­ci­ety marks the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War with a con­cert by the young Foyle- Štšura Duo of mu­sic writ­ten at that time, in­clud­ing mas­ter­pieces by El­gar and De­bussy.

De­cem­ber brings a con­cert by Peter Moore, a master trom­bon­ist still only in his early 20s who is pas­sion­ate about push­ing the bound­aries of the in­stru­ment.

The dy­namic young pi­anist Riyad Nico­las vis­its Hex­ham in Jan­uary, with a pro­gramme fea­tur­ing mu­sic by Chopin and Ravel.

March sees a per­for­mance by one of the most ex­cit­ing Bri­tish cham­ber en­sem­bles of the mo­ment, the Heath Quar­tet.

Their pro­gramme in­cludes a rare per­for­mance of a con­tem­po­rary mas­ter­piece by Ligeti, whose mu­sic made such an im­pact when used in Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The sea­son closes in April with a per­for­mance by the cel­e­brated Ja­panese vi­olin­ist Mayumi Fu­jikawa, who has been de­light­ing au­di­ences ever since she won the In­ter­na­tional Tchaikovsky Com­pe­ti­tion in Moscow in 1970.

Full de­tails of the whole se­ries can be found at www.hex­ham­mu­ Sin­gle tick­ets for all con­certs are on sale at the Queen’s Hall: www.queen­ Sax­o­phon­ist Jess Gil­lam will per­form at the Queen’s Hall in Hex­ham in Fe­bru­ary

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