Chopin in Paris
Duncan Glenday (piano)
with Ali Howes (cello)*
Programme to include:
Chopin Waltzes, Mazurkas and Polonaises (selection)
Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor op 65*
Tonight we enter the world of the Parisian Salon with a selection of Chopin’s poetic and spirited re-imaginings of dances from his native Poland, and conclude with his final great masterpiece.
British pianist and Festival Director Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared at venues such as St James’ Piccadilly, London, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and with the Northern Chamber Orchestra at the Lowry, Salford Quays.
For over 20 years he has given solo and duo recitals for music societies around the country, and he has also made numerous concerto appearances including Beethoven’s second piano concerto with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and works by Dohnanyi and Copland with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his active solo career, Duncan is also in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, with collaborations recently taking him to the International Lake District Summer Music Festival and the Buxton, Ryedale and Isle of Wight Festivals.
Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at Manchester University, Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department. He is also the Artistic Director of Leigh Music Society and Uppermill Coffee Concerts.
Duncan has enjoyed success in various prizes and competitions, including first prize in the 1994 John Ireland Competition. He trained at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway and John Gough, where he followed the joint degree course with Manchester University, graduating with a first class honours degree, the RNCM graduate and postgraduate Diplomas, and the prestigious RNCM Diploma in professional performance.
Alistair Howes began playing the cello at the age of 10. In 2009 he went to Manchester to study at the RNCM under Gillian Thoday and Peter Dixon. Whilst at college, he won the Schubert Prize, Nossak Prize, Weill Prize and was awarded the President’s prize at Bromsgrove International Music Competition. He was also a finalist in the RNCM Concerto competition and the Sir John Barbarolli Cello Prize.
Since Graduating in 2014, Alistair now enjoys a varied freelance career playing in orchestras around the country including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia and Sinfonia Cymru. Alistair is grateful for the financial support towards his studies from Help Musicians UK, Countess of Munster Trust and The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust. In his spare time Alistair enjoys taking part in triathlon races and will compete in the UK Ironman in July 2018.