An Invitation to Music

Welcome to Penrith Music Club and our 79th Season of outstanding concerts by internationally distinguished musicians and gifted young performers with a great future.

2022-23 Season

We look forward to welcoming you to our concerts!

Thursday 15th September Noriko Ogawa (piano)
Monday 24th October Marcus Farnsworth (baritone) & Libby Burgess (piano)
Monday 21st November Pavel Haas String Quartet
Monday 16th January Hannah Condliffe (oboe) & Dominic Doutney (piano)
Monday 13th February Gould Piano Trio with Robert Plane (clarinet)
Thursday 16th March Gabriele Strata (piano)
Saturday 1st April, 2:30pm Junior RNCM concert

All concerts are at the Penrith Methodist church and start at 7:30pm unless otherwise advised.

Season preview

Penrith Music Club has been bringing high-quality international artists to the area for almost eighty years and its 2022-23 season of classical music promises to be one of the best ever.

The season will open on Thursday 15th September with a concert by the renowned Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa. Since her success in the Leeds International Piano Competition, Noriko has appeared with orchestras throughout the world and is particularly noted for her interpretations of the piano music of Debussy. Her programme will include Debussy’s colourful First book of Preludes as well as four pieces by Chopin.

In October London-based Australian opera singer Sky Ingram (soprano) will be giving a unique concert, Bad Girls of Opera and Song, with pianist John Paul Ekins. Sky will perform arias and songs by Delibes. Liszt, Clara Schumann, Gershwin, Puccini, Schubert and more. It promises to be a dramatic and enjoyable evening.

For the final concert of 2022, we are delighted to welcome the Pavel Haas String Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Founded in 2002, the quartet is named after the Czech composer Pavel Haas who died at Auschwitz in 1944. They will be performing the same programme as London’s Wigmore Hall two days later with quartets by Haydn, Prokofiev and Pavel Haas – a rare opportunity to hear such a renowned quartet, made possible by the generous sponsorship of John Upson, vice-chairman of the Music Club.

2023 will open with a concert by the young and gifted duo, Hannah Condliffe (oboe) and Dominic Doutney (piano), followed by the welcome return of the Gould Piano Trio, who will be joined by the well-known clarinettist Robert Plane in works by Louise Farrenc, Brahms, Beethoven and Walter Rabi.

The final evening concert in March will be a piano recital byIyad Sughayer (piano). Nominated as a 2022 Rising Star Artist by Classic FM, Iyad was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) International Auditions in 2021. His second recording for BIS with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Andrew Litton was released to critical acclaim in autumn 2022.

The season concludes with an afternoon concert by musicians from the Junior Department of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, showcasing some of the most promising musical talent of the future.

Penrith Methodist Church with its excellent Steinway grand piano is the venue for all the concerts, which take place at 7.30 pm except for the final concert.

Colin Marston

A more detailed preview by our Secretary, Noriko Moffat, can be found here
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Updated on 22nd March 2023
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