Three sisters launch society’s new season

Futita Trio are making a wlecome return to Clitheroe.
Futita Trio are making a wlecome return to Clitheroe.
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Clitheroe Concerts Society start their new season on October 7th with the Fujita Piano Trio, who gave the society a memorable concert in 2010.

The three sisters of Japanese parents, largely educated in England, are playing better than ever and also play as soloists with major orchestras. They have played at many different venues in the UK, and possibly uniquely the trio play from memory, resulting in a sound which is both freer but more integrated. They play the Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert string trios.

The second concert on November 4th features one of the best and most respected pianists in the world, Jonathan Plowright, playing a varied programme of Bach/Busoni, Brahms, Chopin and Paderewski. Jonathan was born in Yorkshire, but Clitheroe can claim him as “a local”, as he was educated at Stonyhurst College. From there he progressed to the Royal Academy of Music, winning their Gold Medal in 1983. He has won many competitions and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

He has been described as “one of the finest living pianists” and “a colossal musical mind” with ”a transcendental technique”. While performing under many famous conductors and major orchestras, his most extraordinary concert was playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue accompanied by the combined United States Air Force and Russian Red Army bands.

Jonathan is head of keyboard at the University of Chichester and also Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Kosmos ensemble, playing on 2nd December, are decribed as: “redefining classical and world music. Sophisticated jazz glides magically into wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish music into hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish improvisation into Greek melodies”.

Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times, praised their “entrancing dance rhythms, soulful improvisation and passion delivered with panache and a virtuoso technique; telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship.” Non-members are advised to book early.

The Pether String Trio – one of the Royal Northern College of Music’s “Flagship” groups – play on February 10th. They will present an interesting programme of Beethoven and Mozart, separated by Gideon Klein’s only string trio.

For piano music lovers, Di Xiao’s concert on March 9th is another “must go to” concert. Apart from an interesting and imaginative programme, Didi is described as “a pianist of awesome gifts”. Born in China, but now commuting there from Birmingham, she was rated by one critic as “in the top ten of Chinese pianists”.

In the final concert of the season on April 20th two excellent players, Sophie Rosa and Ian Buckle, join forces with a varied programme of violin/piano music.

All of these concerts will be held on Wednesdays at the CRGS Sixth Form College in York Street and start at 7-30 There is plenty of parking and the concert room is accessed on the level. To reduce queuing at the entrance, the admission fee has been increased by £1 but a detailed programme will be given free of charge.

Details of programmes, season tickets and advance/door entrance prices are on the society’s trifold leaflet, available widely. More details, including joining the society saving £5 per concert and the purchase of tickets are on

Kosmos Ensemble - ‘re-defining classical and world music’- are coming to Clitheroe.