Mu­sic club to host pi­ano duo

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

A PI­ANO duo is per­form­ing at Hinck­ley Mu­sic Club.

Ce­cilia Xi and Dar­ren Leaper will be­gin their recital as Pi­ano Four-Hands with the Petite Suite by Claude De­bussy.

Ce­cilia and Dar­ren said: “In the cen­te­nary year of De­bussy’s death it seems fit­ting to pro­gramme this most beloved of works for pi­ano duet”.

They will also be per­form­ing works by Mozart, Schu­bert, Ravel and Samuel Barber.

Ce­cilia trained at Shang­hai and Tian­jin Con­ser­va­to­ries in China and at Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire and Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in the UK.

She grad­u­ated from all in­sti­tu­tions with dis­tinc­tion, win­ning schol­ar­ships and prizes, and per­forms across the UK, Asia and Europe and has played as a con­certo soloist with sev­eral or­ches­tras.

Her Haydn record­ings have been is­sued on CD by the BBC, along­side the BBC Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra, while her live per­for­mances are reg­u­larly broad- cast on Chi­nese na­tional tele­vi­sion.

She now teaches at War­wick School and King’s High School and has ad­ju­di­cated pi­ano com­pe­ti­tions in the UK and China.

Dar­ren stud­ied at Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire win­ning the col­lege’s ‘David Brookes Pi­ano Prize’ and record­ing for BBC Ra­dio 3’s ‘Dis­cov­er­ing Mu­sic’.

He went on to gain a Mas­ter’s De­gree in Mu­sic Per­for­mance at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic.

Dar­ren teaches pi­ano at sev­eral in­sti­tu­tions and is a Trin­ity Col­lege ex­am­iner.

The two mu­si­cians formed a pi­ano duet when meet­ing as fel­low stu­dents at mu­sic col­lege and have re­cently per­formed duet recitals at the Hind­head Mu­sic Cen­tre, CBSO cen­tre and at Mal­lorca Pi­ano Fes­ti­val.

The recital is at Holy Trin­ity Church on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 13, start­ing at 7.30pm.

Ad­mis­sion on the door is £12 for adults, £5 for stu­dents and no charge for ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren.

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