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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 (3041726)
Douglas Music announces its new season
by Henry James

DOUGLAS Music, Parbold, has announced its 2013-14 season with ten concerts during 2013/14 featuring a line-up of renowned artists and wide-ranging repertoire.

The concerts take place in the Arena Auditorium at Parbold Village Hall, and offer a rare opportunity to hear some of today’s greatest musicians in an intimate setting.

For 40 years Parbold’s concert series has attracted performers of the highest reputation, and the 2013-14 season is no exception. Highlights include appearances by Craig Ogden, one of the world’s finest classical guitarists; Martin Carthy, arguably the most influential folk musician of his generation; the compelling Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, and distinguished piano virtuoso Nikolai Demidenko.

The season opens on Saturday September 14 with a recital of Romantic violin repertoire featuring violinist Eloisa-Fleur Thom and pianist Mark Austin. The evening will include some of the most lyrical, dramatic and appealing works written for solo violin and piano, from the heartrendingly beautiful Third Violin Sonata by Johannes Brahms to the quintessentially English Violin Sonata by Edward Elgar. The concert will feature the ever popular Meditation from Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs and will end with the passionate DanseEspagnole by Manuel de Falla.

Nikolai Demidenko’s recital on Saturday, October 12 promises to be one of themusical highlights of the year. Demidenko, the Russian giant of the keyboard, is widely lauded as one of the most significant pianists performing today and his visit to Parbold is testimony to the high calibre of the concert season. He will be performing a recital of works by Franz Schubert, which he performed at Wigmore Hall, London last year to critical acclaim.

A particularly warm welcome is expected for Amanda Roocroft, who grew up in Coppull and trained in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music. She has secured an international reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting singers and in 2007 won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. She will be joined by accompanist Jonathan Middleton for her recital on Saturday, November 2 in a dramatic programme Tell me the Truth about Love.

On Saturday, November 30 the Trusler Carroll Wass Piano Trio will perform a recital of orchestral works by Beethoven, arranged for violin, cello and piano. The Trio - Matthew Trusler (violin), Thomas Carroll (cello) and Ashley Wass (piano) – is building a reputation for exploring repertoire not frequently performed in the concert hall.

Bringing 2013 to a close will be the Pemberton Old Wigan DW Brass Band on Saturday, December 14, under the banner ‘Christmas Truce’. The championship band from Wigan will look back to the winter of 1914, and evoke a century of wars, courage, humour, fortitude, comradeship and universal desire for peace and renewal that is Christmas. There will be a collection at the concert for the White Poppy Appeal.

Looking ahead to 2014, the Douglas Music Society will welcome Martin Carthy on Saturday, January 11 – “arguably the greatest English folk song performer and writer of them all” (Q Magazine). Saturday, February 8 will see the welcome return of pianist Sunwook Kim, the youngest winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006 aged just 18.

A lively night is in store on Saturday, March 8 when the New Orleans Wiggle Band and Marilyn Middleton will perform blues, spirituals and popular songs depicting the harsh and happy times in the Mississippi delta 100 years ago.

The eminent Australian guitarist Craig Ogden will perform a programme for solo guitar on Saturday, April 12, and the season ends with a very special opportunity to hear the Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova in a concert of solo repertoire by King of the Violin, the Belgian violinist and composer Ysaÿe.

For further information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 01257 498452 or 01257 462382. All concerts take place on Saturday evenings and begin at 7.45pm.


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