Society continues its run of international stars

A TRADITION of attracting top international performers continues at Morpeth Music Society next week.

The organisation’s 69th season opened earlier this month with a piano recital by Nikolai Demidenko.

The all Schubert programme, with two encores by Medtner and Chopin, was enthusiastically received.

And the society is hoping for a similar response to its next performers – the young Heath string quartet.

The quartet formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern and comprises violinists Oliver Heath and Cerys Jones, Gary Pomeroy on viola and cellist Christopher Murray.

The group has graced the stage of all of the major European concert venues and even played at the Carnegie Hall in the United States earlier this year.

It has collaborated with leading soloists Michael Collins and Stephen Hough, among others, and has worked with contemporary composers, including Sofia Gubaidalina.

The quartet will perform at Morpeth Methodist Church, opening with the first Mozart Prussian quartet, followed by the folk-influenced second Bartok quartet. Mendelssohn’s string quartet will complete the programme.

The concert takes place on Thursday, November 7, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 for adults and entry is free for those aged 18 and under. They are available from Morpeth Tourist Information Centre in Morpeth Chantry, or from society Secretary Mrs Cunningham on 01670 513369. Season tickets are also available.

Morpeth Methodist Church has full disabled access and a loop system.