Shipston Music Society’s concert season got off to a flying start with the Young Musician’s concert performed by violinist, eleven year old Hannah Brooks-Hughes and cellist George Wilkes, aged thirteen. They were accompanied by Lyn Carter on the piano.
It was a return visit by both Hannah and George who amongst others in previous concerts have impressed the membership with such incredibly high standards they have achived. Hannah began studying violin when she was four and a half, and piano a year later. She performed her first concerto at the age of eight with the Glevum Symphony Orchestra, and has given many solo recitals. She enjoyed a successful time at this year’s ‘Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts’, collecting six trophies and numerous medals. She also became the youngest ever winner of the Two Moors International Festival.
George was six years old when he discovered his passion for the 'cello and started having lessons with Christine Wimpenny. A music scholar at Warwick School, he is part of many ensembles and orchestras. He was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra for 3 years, performing at both the Symphony Hall and Town Hall in Birmingham. He especially enjoys the music of Brahms and Wagner. He hopes to one day study at a Music College in London; his ambition is to become a professional cellist.
The performance started with the Brahm’s sonata for piano and cello followed by Rachmaninov’s Vocalise and the Bach Cello suite. Then followed “The Swan” from carnival of the animals and the lark ascending concluding the first half with a Brahm’s Hungarian Dance. The second half of the programme included Faure’s Elégie and amongst other popular pieces compositions by Jardanyi, Goltermann, Sarasate, Monti concluding with Piazzolla’s “Oblivion”.
It is always a pleasure to listen to such young local talent and the very high standards they achieve, not just with an almost faultless performance but also the interpretation and feeling they are able to bring to their playing, something recognised by an appreciative audience with a sustained applause at the end of the concert. Richard Baldwin, society chairman, concluded the evening with a vote of thanks to these two young musicians and wished them success in their future together a thank you to Lyn who had worked hard to produce the programme