Michael kicks off concert season

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Michael Collins, Alnwick Castle Guest Hall, Saturday, February 18, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc from Alnwick Playhouse box office or on the door. Full-time students free.

THE second half of the Alnwick Music Society concert season gets underway with the appearance of the United Kingdom’s premier clarinettist, Michael Collins.

Since winning the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year woodwind section as a 16-year-old, Michael has gone on to become the outstanding performer of his generation with a series of recitals as a soloist as well as with all the leading orchestras of the world.

As a 22-year-old, he made his debut at the New York Carnegie Hall.

Michael Collins is renowned for his dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship.

This has led him to be invited to play at the BBC Promenade Concerts, including the Last Night, more frequently than any other woodwind player and as a chamber musician he has established a long-standing relationship with the Wigmore Hall.

Michael will be joined by the Belfast-born pianist Michael McHale.

Following Cambridge, Michael McHale trained at the Royal Academy of Music and performed as a solo recitalist, concert recitalist and a chamber musician.

He has broadcast on radio and television and played in Europe, Asia and North and South America.

His debut as a solo recitalist at the Wigmore Hall was greeted with great acclaim and he has gone on to perform with the Halle and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009, he won first prize and the audience prize at the Terence Judd/Halle award finals.

Their Alnwick programme begins with two clarinet sonatas, Saint-Saens Op. 167 and Brahms in Eb major Op.120. They then play some Lutoslawski Dance Preludes.

After the interval we have the Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Piano followed by Weber’s Grand Duo Concertante Concertante in E flat Op.4.

All are welcome. To learn more about the Society see www.alnwickmusicsociety.co.uk