Updated: Dec 31, 2022
Peter Cunningham Memorial Concerts 27th Season
Monday 14th November 2022
PETER CUNNINGHAM CONCERTS
It was an absolute honour to perform for The Hallé's 'Mellor Chamber Series - Peter Cunningham Memorial Concerts' back in November.
"The Peter Cunningham Memorial concerts were established in 1993 and are in aid of the Peter Cunningham Memorial Fund, which supports the important community and outreach work of Hallé Education. Concerts are given in Mellor Church or Mellor Parish Centre by members of the Hallé and friends."
The concert saw a return to my 'Chetham's School of Music' roots, with performances by current Chet's students and collaborations between myself and both Martyn Parkes (pianist/accompanist - Chetham's) and Jim Muirhead (clarinettist/saxophonist - Chetham's/The Hallé). It was heart-warming to re-connect with a place that means so much to me and which provided invaluable support to me in the early stages of my musical career. The same goes for The Hallè, as during my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate enough to work as an administrator for it's Youth Ensembles. The Hallé is very much a family and it was a pleasure to perform in this special memorial concert, raising funds for The Hallé's inspiring educational programs.
Mozart - 'Deh vieni, non tardar'
Carl Maria Von Weber - 'Concertino for Clarinet'
Eugène Bozza - 'Aria for alto saxophone and piano'
Arnold Cooke - 'Three Songs of Innocence'
Benny Goodman 'Tattletale'
Pedro Iturralde - 'Pequeña Czarda'
Jim Muirhead - 'Polina's Eyes'
Gaetano Donizetti - 'Prendi, per me sei libero'
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein - 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man'
As you can see, the repertoire of the evening was wonderfully varied (thanks to Jim's fabulous planning!). I loved being able to sing some of my favourite soprano arias with Martyn, whilst also having the chance to discover and perform rarely-programmed chamber repertoire for soprano, clarinet and piano by Arnold Cooke ('Three Songs of Innocence'). It is also rare that I get to perform jazz repertoire these days, so having the chance to perform 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man' with Martyn blessing the keys and Jim blowing us away with his incredible improvisation skills was simply dreamy! A special mention must be had for the outstanding playing of Shia and Oliver - certainly talent to look out for!
It definitely was a night to remember!
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