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The Erato String Trio., left to right, Sergei Podobedov (piano); Julia Morneweg (cello) and Yuri Kalnits (violin).'Photo by Ken Geddes.
The Erato String Trio., left to right, Sergei Podobedov (piano); Julia Morneweg (cello) and Yuri Kalnits (violin).'Photo by Ken Geddes.

Clitheroe Concerts Society’s Diamond Jubilee 60th season continued with a highly successful second concert, given by the Erato Piano Trio.

Sergei Podobedov (piano), Yuri Kalnits (violin) and Julia Morneweg (cello) are young but highly experienced musicians who, after gaining glittering awards from the Royal College of Music, have played all over the UK, Europe, USA and the Far East. They are sought after instrumentalists in their own right.

Their programme started with Haydn’s Piano Trio in C major and continued with the Trio written by Garrett Shatzer, still in his 20s. Julia commented that they get new music sent to them on an almost daily basis, but they felt this piece was well above most others.

This performance was the UK premiere and after studying the music they were so impressed that they have commissioned Garrett to write something especially for them. The audience was clearly in agreement as the trio took several “curtain calls”, almost unknown in the middle of a concert!

The composer himself posted on his blog on June 10th this year: “Great news! The fabulous Erato Piano Trio is giving the UK premiere of my Piano trio No.1 at the Clitheroe Concerts Society on November 2, 2011”. Julia Morneweg texted Garrett – who lives in San Francisco – immediately after the concert to say the premiere was a success. The Society, through chairman Tony Cooper, has also been in contact, congratulating him and sending the complete programme for the evening.

The first half concluded with Shostakovich’s single-movement Piano Trio, written when he was only 17, continuing the theme of youth. It was dedicated to a girl of his own age called Tatyana who he had fallen in love with.

After the interval, Brahms second Piano Trio, a major piece of music, ended the concert in a satisfying way.

This was clearly one of the society’s most successful concerts in recent years. An audience of 96 was the biggest for some time, coming not only from the Ribble Valley, but as far away as Lytham St Annes and Ormskirk. Julia commented that we would not have had such an audience for this programme if we were in South East England. We know that the society’s website experienced heavy traffic and an astounding 6,004 people looked at the short form of the concert details on Concert Diary.

Next month, on December 14th, the society welcomes the Gallimaufry Ensemble playing music for a wind quintet. Tickets may be purchased from Clitheroe Music, the Tourist Information Office or through the society’s website (www.clitheroeconcerts.org) where you can also get detailed information about this concert or join the society, bringing a substantial discount on the cost of individual tickets. Ken Geddes.