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Memorial concert for Alnwick Music Society vice-chairman

Concert pianist Kathryn Stott will play at a memorial concert in Alnwick Castle

Classical pianist Kathryn Stott
Classical pianist Kathryn Stott

Classical pianist Kathryn Stott will give a recital in memory of a knowledgeable figure in North East music.

Myra Armistead, who died in April aged 82, was vice-chairman of Alnwick Music Society for whom she programmed much of its 2013-14 concert season.

Kathryn, a friend of Myra’s, will perform in May next year in the guest hall of Alnwick Castle.

The pianist, who was born in Lanchashire and lives in Hebden Bridge, North Yorkshire, will be reacquanited with the society’s very special grand piano which she was the first to play in front of a North East audience.

The 1974 Steinway D, bought for £17,500 after a fund-raising campaign, was originally installed at London’s Royal Festival Hall where it had been played by Alfred Brendel and other celebrated pianists.

Buying the piano, which is in permanent residence in the guest hall, has enabled Alnwick Music Society – founded in 1978 – to attract some of the world’s best pianists to Northumberland.

Alnwick Music Society’s 2013-14 programme, which itself commemorates Mrs Armistead, has just been unveiled.

The new season will open on October 11 with a recital at Alnwick Castle by Nikolai Demidenko.

Making a return to Alnwick, the UK-based Russian pianist will perform music by Schubert, Rachmaninov and Nikolai Medtner, a neglected composer whose work he has championed.

Also be returning to the town will be the Italian Alessandro Taverna. He delighted society members last year and will aim to do so again next February.

In November the Arcadia String Quartet, winners of the London International String Quartet Competition, will entertain at Alnwick Playhouse where the season’s remaining concerts will also take place next spring.

The season’s remaining concerts, also at the theatre, will take place next spring.

The first, in March, will be given by the Ben Frith Piano Quartet with double bass player Chi-Chi Nwanoku. The second, in April, will be given by clarinettist Michael Collins and pianist Michael McHale.

Subscriptions for the six concerts cost £75 while single tickets for non-members cost £16 (£15 concessions). They can be bought at Alnwick Playhouse. Tel. 01665 510785 or buy online at www.alnwickplayhouse.com

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