Pianist Kathryn did Myra proud at memorial concert

REVIEW: Kathryn Stott, Alnwick Music Society, Alnwick Castle Guest Hall, Tuesday, May 13.

The last concert of Alnwick Music Society’s 2013-14 season featured a welcome return of the much-loved pianist Kathryn Stott.

It was just over a year ago that we heard of the death of Myra Armistead, who was such a central character in the society’s organisation and life, and so this evening was the Myra Armistead Memorial Concert.

Kathryn Stott first came to play in Alnwick in 1990. Her programme was wellthought-out with a prelude and fugue to begin and end with (Bach and Shostakovich), two suites based upon ancient melodies (Grieg’s Holberg suite, and Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin), and, in the middle, Rachmaninov’s Corelli Variations.

There used to be a time when women pianists were not sufficiently powerful to play certain ‘heavyweight’ works.

Thankfully that time is long gone, but if it were still to be a current view Miss Stott would certainly confound it. Her playing, while carrying delicacy and poetry when needed, was full of fire and energy.

It was a concert to end the series with much aplomb and gusto, and shows how much Miss Stott is still at the peak of her craft.

A raffle held over three concerts for the complete works of Mozart raised £153-plus for the Musicians Benevolent Fund, a cause of which Myra Armistead would have approved heartily.

MARTIN GILLHAM