Russian classic will feature star of future

Danny Wallington, pianist
Danny Wallington, pianist
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Fresh from playing in the Buxton Regional Festival of Music for Youth, where they gained many plaudits for their musical excellence and enthusiasm, the Peak District String Orchestra and High Peak Wind Band will be performing a Spring Concert on Saturday, March 24 at St John’s Church, Buxton at 7.30pm.

The concert will feature Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloists Danny Wallington and Tom Jarvis.

Danny Wallington

Danny Wallington

The concert is sure to be another popular event in the Peak District Music Centres’ busy calendar.

Regular audiences will know that these young players consistently provide outstanding performances, and with the addition of local young talent, Danny Wallington, this will be a concert not to be missed.

Danny, a former pupil of Hope Valley College and Chethams School of Music in Manchester, is currently studying at the Trinity School of Music in London. Having played the piano since the age of seven, Danny first considered a career as a professional pianist when he played in a masterclass at the age of 14 with Martin Roscoe, a familiar face at Sheffield’s Music in the Round concert series.

“Martin said to me ‘you are going to do music, aren’t you?’”, explained Danny, “and it was then that I first thought about a career as a pianist.

“I’ve worked very hard at it ever since.”

The Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35, was completed by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1933 and was premiered the same year by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra with the composer at the piano. Despite the title, it is a true piano concerto rather than a double concerto, with the trumpet providing humorous interjections to the piano passages.

Another local and talented young musician, Tom Jarvis, will be playing the trumpet part in the Shostakovich. Tom took up the baton as Ensemble Director of High Peak Wind Band last September and has successfully coached the band toward two highly entertaining and polished performances, at Christmas and recently at the Regional Festival of Music for Youth. Currently in the third year of his music degree at Manchester University, Tom is studying the trumpet with Tracey Redfearn of the Manchester Camerata, and conducting with Mark Heron of the Royal Northern College of Music.

The High Peak Wind Band will also be performing some of their current repertoire, including excerpts from Holst’s First Military Suite in Eb, and big band classics such as Sing Sing Sing. The Peak District String Orchestra, directed by Ian Naylor, will complete the concert with Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony.

Enjoy a great night of classical and popular music and support some of our best young local musicians. Tickets £5 (£3.50 for concessions) on the door or reserve by contacting Hannah Watson on 0777 202 1653 or at hwatson.pdmc@gmail.com.