Thursday 20th April saw the Arts Centre re-introduce classical music to it’s roster after an absence of many, many years. The recital was a celebration of the renovation of the Bechstein piano in The Arts Centre’s theatre. The work was generously funded by The Fairfield Charitable Trust. As this was a “free” event, and something of a new venture for BAC, we had no idea how many people would attend, so to see approximate;y 70 patrons filling the theatre was extremely heartwarming. A big thank you to everyone who made such generous donations – approximately £260 in total – and a huge round of applause to the musicians – Frances Webb, Annette Milburn, Arjun Ashok and John Bodiley who gave their time to perform, particularly as a last minute change of personnel was required due to unforseen circumstances. John deserves special mention as, without his valuable input, this recital would never have taken place. Bravo!
It is hoped that this recital will be the first of a regular series of classical music events. The next of these will be by Joseph Tong on Friday, May 26th, at 7.30 p.m.
A versatile and accomplished musician, Joseph has given recitals at The Wigmore Hall and The Southbank Centre in London, and also in a number of European cities. In addition, he has a number of well-received recordings to his name. Joseph has made a special study of the piano works of the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, and he will be playing some of these in his recital, which will also include music by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy and David Matthews.
Tickets at £15 are available now from the box office.