THE West Wight Arts Association's season of concerts starts next month with two renowned pianists, Matthew Stanley and Berendina Cook, putting the association's Steinway through its paces with a programme of piano duet music.

The concert, on September 14, will include works by Schubert, Saint-Saêns and Bernstein, ending with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue arranged by Levine.

The young and exciting Castalian string quartet will return on October 12 with international clarinet player Matthew Hunt, who will play works by Schumann, Penderecki and the clarinet quintet by Brahms.

On November 9, a concert will be given by phenomenal recorder player Tabea Debus, with Alex McCartney on the lute and Jonathan Rees on the cello. They will play a selection of music from the 16th century to the present day.

A Christmas concert on December 7 will feature the sparky A4 Brass quartet, comprising Jamie Smith on the cornet, Jonathan Bates on the tenor horn, Michael Cavanagh on baritone and Chris Robertson playing the euphonium.

In the new year, on January 11, the association will welcome the return of viola player Tim Ridout with pianist Frank Dupree.

The young Sicilian pianist Giuseppe Guarrera plays on February 8, cellist Jamal Aliyev and pianist Jams Coleman on March 7, and the season ends with violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones and pianist David Palmer on April 4.

All the concerts will take place at the Memorial Hall, Freshwater, and start at 7pm.

Tickets are available at www.westwightarts.co.uk or Totland Parish Office 756028.

A season tickets for all eight concerts are available.

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