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Celebrity Concert and Masterclass

March 3rd, 2016

Award winning and critically acclaimed concert pianist Margaret Fingerhut will be returning to Old Swinford Hospital to perform in a recital with tenor Anthony Flaum.

Tickets for the concert to be held in the Great Hall on Tuesday 22 March at 7.30 pm, can be reserved by email or telephone: [email protected], 01384 817316.  Suggested donation is £10 for adults (£8 concessions).

For their recital this year Margaret and Anthony will present a range of lieder and chansons by Schubert, Grieg, Ravel and Verdi, as well as exploring the world of opera and musicals, including famous arias by Mozart, Donizetti, Dvořák and Lehar.  Margaret will also perform a selection of solo piano pieces by two great Russian composers, Mussorgsky and Balakirev.

On the following day (Wednesday 23 March), Margaret and Anthony will conduct a free masterclass for piano and voice.  Pupils will be invited to perform a piece of music and will then be given constructive and friendly advice on how their technique, performance and interpretation could be improved, as well as hearing the other participants in their sessions.

Margaret Fingerhut is regarded as one of the most poetic pianists of her generation who has captivated audiences in many different countries with her recital programmes.  As a concert soloist she has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.  Margaret formerly taught at the Royal Northern College of Music and is now Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London and a Visiting Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire.  She has given masterclasses in the USA, Canada and China, and she has also been on the jury for many competitions including the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Anthony Blaum is a lyric tenor who has had an unusual route into the music industry through banking and finance, before studying Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music.  His operatic credits include performing with the Scottish Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and English National Opera.  Anthony has performed musical theatre roles at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Nottingham Play House, to name but a few. In 2015, Anthony had various Proms debuts at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Concert Orchestra), Leeds Castle (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Birmingham Symphony Hall (London Concert Orchestra) and Bridgewater Hall (Manchester Concert Orchestra).