DATE PERFORMERS
Sat 22nd Sep 2018 Ryan Drucker (piano)
Sat 20th Oct 2018 Lawrence Olsworth-Peter (tenor), Lucy Cronin (soprano) and Harry Sever (piano)
Sat 17th Nov 2018 Richard Allen (harp)
Sat  9th Feb 2019 Ensemble Reza
Sat 23rd Mar 2019 Emily Sun (violin) and Jennifer Hughes (piano)
Sat 27th Apr 2019 Samson Tsoy (piano)



Sat 22nd Sep 2018:  RYAN DRUCKER, piano 

The 77th season at Haywards Heath Music Society got off to a scintillating start with a recital by up and coming young concert pianist, Ryan Drucker. This concert marked the beginning of a collaboration between the Music Society and the prestigious Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists competition held biennially in Mayfield. As the winner of the Piano section of the competition Ryan joined a list of former winners which includes such luminaries as Paul Lewis, Savitri Grier, Alexander Ullman and James Willshire who, along with Pippa Harrison, gave us such a memorable duet performance of Scheherazade last March.
 
Ryan's carefully chosen programme began with a late Beethoven sonata in which an inmpressive command of balance, touch and voicing of the lines was evident. Ryan followed this with a masterly rendition of Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, a work which is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest masterpieces in the piano repertoire. Ryan's performance did not disappoint. From the contemplative Prelude to the grandeur of the Chorale through to the dazzling Fugue where all three themes combine, Ryan demonstrated a formidable technique with well judged dynamics and awareness of structure in this many textured work. His ten fingers sounded more like twenty on occasions!

After the interval we were treated to  "Estampes" by Debussy. Here we heard a wide palette of colours as the music transported us to the East, Spain and a thunderstorm in a Normandy garden. This was fabulous playing which brought each scenario vividly to life.The Chopin Nocturnes which followed provided a calm after the storm. Here again the mood of the  music was beautifully judged and executed. The piano sang out - a member of the audience was heard to say the performance was perfection!

And so to the spectacular finale which provided all the drama one could wish for. Liszt's Paraphase of the Quartet from Rigoletto was played with great feeling along with all the pianistic fireworks one would expect from Liszt. Wow!

Ryan is a pianist with a promising career - one to watch out for.

Christine Colbourne

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Sat 20th Oct 2018:

LAWRENCE OLSWORTH-PETER (tenor), LUCY CRONIN (soprano) and HARRY SEVER (piano)

A large and enthusiastic audience at St. Wilfrid’s Church gave a warm welcome to popular local tenor Lawrence Olsworth-Peter as he paid an overdue return visit, this time in the company of glamorous soprano Lucy Cronin and brilliant accompanist Harry Sever.

Lawrence is more usually heard on the operatic stage, or in oratorio, but on this occasion he and his friends were presenting ‘Transatlantic Melodies, The Golden Age of Song.’   Some of us wondered whether he would be able to adapt to this very different genre, but our doubts quickly
vanished as he and Lucy gave us Transatlantic Lullaby, followed by Coward’s The Stately Homes of England, Parisian Pierrot, and Someday I’ll Find You.   All splendidly performed.

Lawrence and Lucy made a handsome pair.   They took turns to introduce their songs, and did so clearly and well, with interesting background information.   Gershwin and Berlin made frequent appearances, with Cole Porter not far behind.   Lawrence’s light tenor was admirably suited to these songs, and he sang with beautiful tone and control.   Lucy was equally at home, and in their duets they played off each other in a delightful but always civilised way.   All this, plus the superb piano accompaniments of Harry Sever.   The audience loved it!

Bill Colbourne.

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Sat 17th Nov 2018: RICHARD ALLEN (harp)





  

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Sat 9th February 2019: ENSEMBLE REZA
The second half of the 2018-2019 season at Haywards Heath Music Society got off to a spectacular start on Saturday with a return visit by the ever popular local chamber group, Ensemble Reza. On this occasion the line up consisted of Miriam Teppich and Andrew Thurgood (violins), Matthew Quenby (viola) and Pavlos Carvalho (cello).
The evening opened with "Three Idylls for String Quartet" by Brighton-born Frank Bridge. The melancholy mood and  beautiful dark sounds were something of a revelation, as were the hints of jazz rhythms in the last two pieces.
Two String Quartets formed the backbone of the programme. The first, Borodin's String Quartet no 2 in D Major, needed no introduction as some of the themes were used in "Kismet". The group performed the work with great passion, impeccable ensemble and ravishing tone. The Eastern promise of the music was a sheer delight.
After the interval we were treated to one of Beethoven's lesser known late String Quartets, Op. 130. As Matthew said, this work with its six movements is really more of a Serenade.
The music of the four inner movements varied in style from dances  to an operatic Cavatina, while the first and last movements were more conventional and substantial. Once again, the performance was faultless and engaging.
It is always a pleasure to welcome Ensemble Reza to the Music Society and the enthusiastic response from the large audience was an indication of the enjoyment they gave us!

Christine Colbourne

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Sat 23rd March 2019: EMILY SUN and JENNIFER HUGHES
A Dazzling Display of Virtuoso Violin Playing!

From the very start of Saturday's violin and piano recital we were left in no doubt of the star quality of the artists, Emily Sun and Jennifer Hughes. Their total rapport and immersion in the music captivated the audience who were held spellbound by the performances.

The well chosen varied programme included works from the Romantic era by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann and one modern work, the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Poulenc. The artists displayed complete affinity with the music and scored a particular hit with the lesser known Poulenc, which was received with great acclaim by the enthusiastic audience. The recital ended with the show stopping Valse Scherzo by Tchaikovsky, a piece which places great technical demands on the violinist, full of abundant double-stopping and virtuoso fireworks!

Emily Sun is an outstanding violinist with complete mastery of the considerable technical demands of these pieces. She is a consummate musician, totally engaged with the music and in all this she was accompanied in spectacular style by an equally accomplished and committed pianist.
 
Both artists are ones to watch and we hope very much to welcome them to Haywards Heath Music Society again.

Christine Colbourne

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Sat 27th April 2019:    SAMSON TSOY