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Piano concert to be held on Isle of Wight

Fri 27 Jan 2012

Piano concert to be held on Isle of Wight

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays next month may wish to time their trip to the island in order to coincide with a special concert that has been announced.

In order to mark the purchase of a new Bluthner grand piano, the Ventnor Piano Fund is set to hold a show at St Catherine's Church, Ventnor, on February 11th.

According to a report by the Isle of Wight County Press, Sinfonietta conductor and top violinist Richard Studt is to be among the performers taking to the stage on the night and he will be playing his classic Stradivarius violin, along with accompaniment by Elizabeth Drury on saxophone and Tim Carey on piano.

Piano fund founder Anthony Churchill said: "We wanted to have a piano ideal for schools to use and for music teachers to encourage any aspiring pianists to allow them to improve."

A wine bar will be available at the church on the night for those who want to enjoy the music with a drink, while a raffle is also set to be held as part of the evening of entertainment.

Chopin, Elgar, Purcell, Handel and Liszt are among the composers whose work is set to be showcased at the performance by the trio of musicians.

It is hoped the presence of the new Bluthner grand piano on the Isle of Wight will help organisers to attract big names to the island to play it.

While Studt is known for having won the Bosie-Mendelssohn Scholarship, the Margorie Hewood Prize and the Recital Medal, Carey has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and Drury has appeared as a finalist in the televised BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

Pianists may also be on the bill at the Ventnor Fringe Festival when it takes place this August, while organiser Jack Whitewood told the County Press he believes the event is made by the "little moments" that take place unexpectedly.

Posted by Steph WhiteADNFCR-3083-ID-801277203-ADNFCR

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