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Return to base for top pianist

One of Britain's leading young pianists makes a welcome return to the Wearside music society which gave her her first professional engagement.

One of Britain's leading young pianists makes a welcome return to the Wearside music society which gave her her first professional engagement.

Sarah-Beth Briggs made history by becoming the youngest finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 11. Four years on, she won the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg.

Now Sarah-Beth is a world-class musician, playing with orchestras and major concert venues throughout Europe. She made her USA debut in 1991 and has since made regular return visits to San Francisco's Midsummer Mozart Festival where she works with the renowned American conductor George Cleve.

Next Tuesday Sarah-Beth will be reunited with the Sunderland Pianoforte Society for a recital in the Pottery Room of the city's Museum & Winter Gardens. Her programme, starting at 7.15pm, includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Bartók.

THE Northern Sinfonia present a colourful all-Russian programme next Friday under the baton of their dynamic music director Thomas Zehetmair.

The venue is Hall One at The Sage Gateshead with Rachmaninov's lyrical Vocalise opening the proceedings at 7.30pm, followed by Zehetmair taking on the solo role for Stravinsky's vibrant Violin Concerto. And the evening ends with excerpts from Tchaikovsky's magical ballet, The Nutcracker.

ENGLISH composers feature in a programme of Choral Classics to be presented at St George's Church, Cullercoats, on Saturday April 21 from 7.30pm by the Priory Singers. Works by Vaughan Williams, Tavener, John Rutter, Howard Goodhall and Purcell are included, all under the direction of Glenn Davis. Guest soloists are soprano Alyson Hodgson and organist Michael Dutton.

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