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IN TUNE Diana Swann invites readers of The News to the 2015/16 U3A musical season
IN TUNE Diana Swann invites readers of The News to the 2015/16 U3A musical season
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Diana Swann from the University of the Third Age, welcomes guest to the groups new season of classical music

I often hear complaints that there are no live music concerts in Portsmouth, apart from the big orchestral concerts at the Guildhall or the infrequent but splendid Music in the Round chamber music series.

How many of you know that the Portsmouth Music Club provides frequent live classical music recitals?

We usually meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, depending on the availability of our venue at the Portsmouth Grammar School’s Rotunda music building, where there is an excellent Steinway grand piano.

Why not put some of the following dates in your diary?

The 2015-16 season begins with a pianistic flourish on September 19 from Murray McLachlan.

He is head of keyboard at Chethams, Manchester’s specialist music school and alma mater of so many of the winners of the BBC Young Musician of the Year including several rising young pianists.

He is joined by his concert pianist wife Kathryn Page and three of the talented McLachlan children, Rose, 13, Matthew, 15 and Callum, 16.

It should be a splendid and happy occasion, Portsmouth’s answer to the Sound of Music perhaps?

Other Autumn concerts include vibrant young soprano Suzie Purkis with her accompanist Simon Nicholls on October 24, and popular local pianist Valentina Seferinova returns on November 14.

There is a rarity on November 28 when James Lisney will be playing piano, with myself as narrator in a performance of Tennyson’s Enoch Arden, a ‘Melodrama’ with an evocative piano score by Richard Strauss.

2016 begins on January 9 with the ‘Pieces of Eight’ ensemble who promise the enchanting Schubert Octet.

We welcome Emily Capulet on February 13 with a piano lecture-recital, the local Goldberg Strings Trio follow on February 27, and on April 9 the Eisenach Ensemble will present ‘An Evening with Mr Pepys’ where excerpts from Pepys’ diaries will be enhanced by songs and typical music of the period on contemporary instruments.

All these occasions are interspersed with concerts by music students and up-and-coming young professionals, giving them all vital platform experience at the beginning of their careers.

Do ring me, Diana Swann on 02392 820317 for more details on any of these performances, tickets are only £8 at the door.

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