Welcome return to society

Benjamin Frith is playing at The Crossing
Benjamin Frith is playing at The Crossing

Alnwick Music Society is welcoming back the Ben Frith Piano Quartet to play at its March concert.

But this time the group will be a quintet with the exciting addition of Chi-chi Nwanoku on double bass.

Ben Frith played for the Society in March 2009 and will return to Alnwick with the same musicians on Wednesday, March 12, at Alnwick Playhouse.

The quartet was formed in 2000 in order to explore the piano quartet medium and comprises Ben Frith (piano), Robert Heard (violin), Louise Williams (viola) and Richard Jenkinson (cello). They have performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorak, Faure and Mozart in concert halls throughout the United Kingdom.

Ben Frith has had a successful career as a solo pianist, having won many prestigious competitions including a Gold Medal performance at the Arthur Rubenstein piano Masters’ Competition in Israel.

Louise Williams began her career as a violinist and was a founder member of the famous Endellion Quartet.

Richard Jenkinson studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning a succession of prizes there and further afield.

With the addition of Chi-chi Nwanoku, the programme for Alnwick comprises three quintets.

Starting with Hummel, the quartet will then play the Vaughan Williams Quintet in G minor and complete the evening with the famous Schubert ‘Trout’ Quintet.

The Society welcomes non-members to the concert which starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be obtained from the box office of the Alnwick Playhouse in person, by telephone on 01665 510785 or online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk priced £16, £15 conc. Students in full-time education will be admitted free of charge.