25 years of Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FOR 25 years, Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety has been bring­ing clas­si­cal cham­ber mu­sic to Oban, en­abling the res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion and vis­i­tors to en­joy live per­for­mances of real qual­ity from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional play­ers.

The so­ci­ety is cel­e­brat­ing this an­niver­sary with the in­stal­la­tion of a re­place­ment Stein­way grand pi­ano which will make full use of the ex­cel­lent acous­tics in St John’s Cathe­dral. Con­certs are held in the church once a month on Sun­day af­ter­noons be­tween Oc­to­ber and March.

The new in­stru­ment will be show­cased in a spe­cial per­for­mance on Septem­ber 9 with a pi­ano recital by Peter Evans.

Peter is based in Scot­land but has an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer as a per­former, con­duc­tor and teacher. He has made more than 80 broad­casts for the BBC and many record­ings and this will be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to hear the new pi­ano put through its paces.

While this sea­son has a full and var­ied pro­gramme of in­stru­men­tal­ists and styles, we want to make the most of our new ac­qui­si­tion, so the new pi­ano will be on show again in Novem­ber when Sasa Don­ald­son will play Mozart, Bach and Chopin.

In April, the so­ci­ety wel­comes Clare Hammond, the young pi­anist de­scribed by the Daily Tele­graph as a pi­anist of ‘amaz­ing power and panache’.

She also played the pi­ano in the film of The Lady in the Van, in the part of the younger ver­sion of Miss Shep­herd, oth­er­wise played by Mag­gie Smith.

Later in the sea­son, in re­sponse to the pop­u­lar­ity of pre­vi­ous jazz per­for­mances, the so­ci­ety will wel­come the Colin Steel Jazz Quin­tet.

In this an­niver­sary year, the an­nual Men­delssohn on Mull Fes­ti­val has ap­pointed the tal­ented Doric String Quar­tet, ac­claimed as pos­si­bly the UK’s lead­ing young cham­ber group, as artis­tic di­rec­tors of the fes­ti­val for the next four years.

This unique fes­ti­val, which our so­ci­ety sup­ports, is ex­pand­ing its role in bring­ing mu­si­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties to young lo­cal peo­ple.

The Doric Quar­tet will be pay­ing a pre­lim­i­nary visit to the area in which they will give a con­cert at the Cathe­dral on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 1.

But be­fore that, Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety will host this year’s Men­delssohn on Mull an­nual con­cert in Oban at the Cathe­dral on Sun­day July 2.

De­tails of con­cert pro­grammes and dates are avail­able on the so­ci­ety’s web­site at www.oban­mu­sic­so­ci­ety.org along with mem­ber­ship de­tails.

All con­certs start at 3pm at St John’s Cathe­dral, Ge­orge Street, Oban, un­less oth­er­wise stated and tick­ets are avail­able at the door, with spe­cial prices for mem­bers. Stu­dents and chil­dren have free ad­mis­sion.

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