Another group of incredibly-talented classical musicians are set to delight their audiences at the forthcoming Abbotsholme Arts Society season.

The Rocester school puts on a host of the very best players in the country every year during a prestigious programme of recitals. Now the society’s 2017/18 programme has been released – and it promises to provide a real feast for the ears.

Running from September to May, some of the highlights of the programme include cellist Stephen Isserlis; the piano, violin and cello tones of The Prodanova Trio and the magnificent Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir.

The programme starts with Isserlis on Friday, September 22, with his performance getting under way at around 8pm.

An arts society spokesman said: Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.

“His worldwide career embraces concertos with the world’s leading orchestras along with solo and chamber music. He also is a pioneer of contemporary works and active in educational projects.

“Abbotsholme is honoured to have Steven as its Patron and delighted that he will be opening our 50th season with a recital of works by Bach and the Hungarian composer György Kurtág. This recital will be followed by a drinks reception.”

Russian-born Australian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk will be next to take to the Abbotsholme chapel stage on Tuesday, October 10, also from 8pm.

The spokesman said: “Born in 1984, the Russian born Australian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old.

“He won first prize at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, and, in 2005, the gold medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. He is increasingly in demand for his noble and compelling interpretations, and has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

“In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. His most recent recording, featuring Brahms & Liszt, has been widely praised.”

The full programme of events is available online here. We will feature more information on each individual show in the build-up to the hotly-anticipated concerts.

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