Stoke-on-Trent Classics 2017-2018
For the new season I have again programmed eight orchestral concerts in the Classics Series and have placed particular emphasis on Beethoven’s Piano Concertos. I am delighted to announce that three outstanding pianists will be performing – Martin Roscoe, Benjamin Grosvenor
and Simon Trpčeski
. What a stunning line-up!
Additionally, at the Hallé’s concert in March with Benjamin Grosvenor
, outstanding organist Jonathan Scott
will also play Saint-Saen’s Organ Concerto. The Hallé will perform on two other occasions with a Spanish Fiesta including the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto with soloist Craig Ogden and the very popular Stephen Bell
returns to lead the New Year Viennese celebrations.
The CBSO open the season when Vasilly Sinaisky
conducts a programme which includes Simon Trpčeski’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto.
The BBC Philharmonic will appear at four concerts including the finale in May when the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal horn player Stefan Dohr
will be the soloist with exciting conductor Ben Gernon
who has recently been appointed BBC Philharmonic’s Principal Guest Conductor.
The Piano Masters Series at the Forum Theatre will again feature an outstanding selection of world renowned musicians. Benjamin Grosvenor
will open the season in late September followed by double award winning Steven Osborne
. Martin James Bartlett
who won the BBC Young Musician of 2014 returns in November and Pavel Kolesnikov
, who gave such a wonderful performance of Chopin’s second Piano Concerto at the Victoria Hall last December is the season’s ‘Rising Star’. Stephen Hough
concludes what will without doubt be another sensational series.
A purchase of a Season Ticket for either series offers excellent savings!The generosity of the numerous subscribers who have become Festival Friends and the growing number of Patrons, together with the Gift Aid generated have allowed me to programme some of the country’s leading orchestras and attract some of the world’s finest soloists. My sincere thanks to you all and please encourage your friends to support our Charitable Organisation through Festival Friends.
I hope that you have a wonderful summer and return reinvigorated for the concerts in the Autumn.