Saturday 9 October 2021
10.30am - 5.30pm
Join us in Howden Minster for a free day of concerts and music-making in celebration of Howdenshire Music Project's wonderful new grand piano and appreciation for the incredible community support received during last year's piano appeal.
Eminent musicians from across the UK and beyond, including pianists Duncan Honeybourne, Libby Burgess and Kasparas Mikužis, will perform a glorious selection of music ranging from Schubert, Liszt, Amy Beach and Elgar to a much-anticipated Yorkshire-themed world premiere by award-winning composer Sadie Harrison.
The celebrations will start with a bang - or rather, a ring! - with a magnificent display given by the Minster's own team of bell-ringers, followed by a thrilling series of performances featuring the piano in a kaleidoscope of different colours and guises: from solo instrument to chamber music partner, in music dating from the 18th century to present day - all interspersed, of course, with plenty of breaks for refreshments and chat! Food and drink will be available in the Minster throughout.
We'd love to see you there for some or all of the day!
Full programme details and timings - as well as additional performers and performances! - will be announced shortly.
Concert highlights throughout the day will include...
Duncan Honeybourne, piano
Sadie Harrison Portraits from the place of the yew-trees (world premiere)
Schubert Sonata in A minor D784
Commended by International Piano magazine for his "glittering performances", Duncan Honeybourne enjoys a colourful and diverse career as a pianist and in music education. His debut in 1998 as concerto soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, was broadcast on radio and television, and recital debuts included London, Paris, and international festivals in Belgium and Switzerland.
Duncan’s debut CD was described by Gramophone magazine as “not to be missed by all lovers of English music”. His solo performances have been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and TV, Irish, French, Swiss, Austrian, Belgian, Dutch and German Radio, SABC (South Africa), ABC (Australia) and Radio New Zealand. Duncan’s many acclaimed recordings reflect his long association with 20th and 21st century British piano and chamber music. Premieres of over 70 solo piano works have included John Joubert's Third Piano Sonata, John Casken's Tempus Plangendi and the Andrew Downes Piano Concerto at Birmingham Town Hall.
Harry Kneeshaw, violin & Kasparas Mikužis, piano
Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro
Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor
Harry Kneeshaw began playing the violin when he was three years old. When Harry was 13, he was given a place in the National Youth Orchestra as the youngest member in 2015, performing at the BBC Proms, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Young Euro Classic at the Berlin Konzerthaus. Subsequently Harry completed five successive years in the NYO, working with conductors such as John Wilson, Marin Alsop and Edward Gardner. Harry currently studies with Professor Rodney Friend at the Royal Academy of Music as a scholar.
Born in Lithuania, Kasparas Mikužis is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2018, Kasparas was invited to the opening concert of the International V. Krainev Young Pianists Competition in Ukraine, where he performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. In addition, Kasparas has appeared at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Concertgebouw Hall, Steinway Hall in Barcelona, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church and Wigmore Hall. In 2018, he won first prize at the Scottish International Youth Piano Competition in Glasgow and also became a double first prize winner at the XXVIII Roma International Piano Competition.
Libby Burgess, piano
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Adagio in F minor
Clara Schumann Nocturne in F
Franz Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (from Années de pèlerinage)
Stephen McNeff Three pieces
Amy Beach Dreaming
Arlen and Harburg arr. Stapleton Somewhere over the Rainbow
Liszt Liebeslied (after Schumann's Widmung)
Pianist Libby Burgess is known for her ‘warm, sensitive pianism’ (The Observer), her musical intelligence, and her generosity of collaborative spirit. The creative highlight of Libby’s year is the annual New Paths festival in Yorkshire: as Artistic Director she is recognised for the striking, enticing tone of her programming, reflecting her own twin interests of song and chamber music – ranging from the complete Schubert song cycles in 2019 (partnering Jonathan Lemalu, Nicholas Mulroy and Marcus Farnsworth), and annual commissions from living composers, to concerts for pre-schoolers.
Libby is Co-Artistic Director with Martin Roscoe of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival, where her collaborators include the Brodsky Quartet, cellist Laura van der Heijden, and mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately. She is highly regarded as chorusmaster, vocal coach, and chamber music tutor, and was previously Head of Keyboard at Eton College.