The High Peak Orchestra’s next charity concert features soloists Kevin O’Sullivan playing Weber’s Bassoon concerto, and Mary Dainton with Faure’s Elegy for cello and orchestra.
Kevin grew up in Ireland and made his first TV appearance at the age of ten playing drums in a rock band. He took up the bassoon as a teenager and won a scholarship to study with Gilbert Berg in Dublin. He was principal bassoon in the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Cork Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 Kevin performed the world premier of Rhapsody for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble by the Finnish composer Jukka-Pekka Lehto at the Royal Northern College of Music.
He lives with his long-suffering wife in Wilmslow and supplements his meagre musician’s stipend working as a hospital doctor.
The other soloist Mary Dainton, though mostly a doctor and a mum, has in recent years found her dream of being a cellist nearly come true. The concert will start with Brahms’ Tragic Overture, conclude with Schumann’s first symphony, and will be conducted by Andrew Hodkinson.
The charity supported is High Peak Hospicecare in Chapel-en-le-Frith.The concert is on Saturday April 2 at 7.30pm, in New Mills Town Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are £7 (concessions £6), accompanied children free.