Alnwick Music Society’s final concert of the season is the Myra Armistead Memorial Concert with a recital given by pianist Kathryn Stott.
Myra Armistead was, for many years, the vice-chairman of the society and the person responsible for bringing to Alnwick a wide range of international musicians.
She had an extensive network of both artists and agents and used it to enhance the quality of concerts the society was able to offer its members.
She is sadly missed, but it is absolutely appropriate that the concert given in her memory should feature Kathryn Stott. Myra knew Kathryn well and was instrumental in bringing her to Alnwick to play on a number of occasions.
Kathryn graduated to the Royal College of Music following studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 1978, she was a prize-winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition which launched her international career.
She has performed with all the major UK and European Orchestras and recorded extensively on the Argo/Decca, EMI and Hyperion labels.
Kathryn’s programme for Alnwick is varied and much of it familiar in the classical music repertoire.
The first half begins with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major from the Well Tempered Klavier Book 1 and followed by Grieg’s Holberg Suite Op.40.
The final piece before the interval is Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli. Members will remember Nikolai Demidenko played this piece in the first concert of the season and it will be of interest to hear another artist’s interpretation of the work.
The second half begins with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin Op. 24 and ends with Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor Op.87.
The concert takes place on Tuesday at 7.30pm, in Alnwick Castle Guest Hall and non-members are warmly welcomed.
Tickets can be obtained from the Alnwick Playhouse box office in person, on 01665 510785, on the Playhouse website or at the Guest Hall door priced £16, £15 conc. Students in full-time education will be admitted free of charge.