DATE PERFORMERS
Sat 23th Sep 2017 Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) (replacing Samson Tsoy)
Sat 21st Oct 2017 Julia Pusker (violin) and Thtomas Ang (piano)
Sat 18th Nov 2017 Andrey Lebedev (guitar)
Sat 24th Feb 2018 Ensemble Reza
Sat 24th Mar 2018 Caroline Tyler (piano)
Sat 28th Apr 2018 NYJO Ambassadors



Sat 23rd Sep 2017:  PAVEL KOLESNIKOV, piano (replacing Samson Tsoy)

Disaster very nearly struck the start of Haywards Heath Music Society’s 76th concert season on 23 September when piano soloist Samson Tsoy, one of the Society’s most highly esteemed artists, was forced to drop out through illness at less than twelve hours’ notice. It was a worrying time for the organisers but they came up trumps by engaging a superb world class replacement who ensured that the evening was a triumph.
Pavel Kolesnikov, a modest young Russian pianist, came with glowing credentials as a recent BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist who gave a widely acclaimed BBC Proms recital at the Cadogan Hall in August. He more than lived up to his reputation, thrilling the large audience at St Wilfrid’s Church with two hours of spellbinding romantic music.
In the first half, the soloist surmounted with authority and assurance the formidable technical and interpretive challenges of three major German works, Schubert’s Five Valses from D145 and Sonata in A minor D537 and Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien. This latter five movement piece depicts a Viennese carnival and was referred to by the composer as “a romantic spectacle”.
The second half of an enthralling evening was devoted to a selection of Chopin’s waltzes, impromptus and mazurkas, leading up to two substantial works, Fantasie in F minor and the aptly named Grande valse brillante Op 18. All of these varied pieces were played with sensitivity, poise and charm, and a dash of panache when required. Pavel Kolesnikov then treated us to two delightful and much appreciated encores, Grande valse brillante Op 34 No 1 and posthumous Mazurka in A minor Op 68 No 2.
The recital demonstrated virtuosic but refined playing at its best. With live music of this calibre on our doorstep in the responsive acoustics of St Wifrid’s Church, who would want to go all the way to London for a concert, other than possibly to hear Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy perform Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on Wednesday 4 October?

June and John Ingleton

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Sat 21st Oct 2017: JULIA PUSKER (violin) and THOMAS ANG (piano)
On Saturday October 21st St Wilfrid's Church resonated to the most glorious ravishing sound of outstanding string playing given by Julia Pusker (violin) with Thomas Ang at the piano. This second concert in Haywards Heath Music Society's 76th season brought together two exciting young players who thrilled the audience with their command of technique combined with consummate musicianship. Playing with impeccable ensemble both artists produced beautifully phrased and vibrant performances, the music dancing along as cascades of scale passages tripped off the fingers.
The excellently chosen programme of classical and romantic works showcased some of the best known pieces in the violin and piano repertoire. Beginning with a Romance by the great Hungarian violinist Joachim, Julia and Thomas went on to play Mozart's Sonata in A major followed by the Rondo Brillante by Schubert.
After the interval we were treated to a compelling performance of one of the greatest  violin works - the Sonata in A major by Franck.This work, full of much loved wonderful melodies, mixes sensitive reflective music with triumphant, ringing grand themes. The audience was completely caught up in the drama of the work in this excellently judged performance.
And so to the last item, the Dance of the Goblins by Bazzini. No-one was in any doubt of Julia's command of technique as she dashed off this fiendishly difficult work with complete ease and panache. A dazzling performance indeed!
To complete the memorable evening Julia and Thomas returned with an encore which transported us to her native Hungary. Brahms' Hungarian Dance no 17 in F minor brought the evening to a triumphant conclusion as the artists were given a terrific ovation by the very appreciative audience. As our chairman said in his vote of thanks, we had enjoyed an evening of passion combined with virtuosity - a sentiment echoed by all present!

Christine Colbourne

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Sat 18th Nov 2017: ANDREY LEBEDEV (guitar)
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Sat 24th February 2018: ENSEMBLE REZA
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Sat 24th March 2018: THE WILLSHIRE DUO (piano duet)
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Sat 28th April 2018: NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA AMBASSADORS

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