AS THE new year unfolds, it’s good to see a new face on the classical music scene, too.
Samuel Chapple graduated from Plymouth University, with a first class honours degree in music, where he was also presented with the annual award for Creative Practice in Music.
He is now a freelance pianist and musician working in the area, and can be heard tomorrow evening when he presents The Piano in Many Lights at St Andrew’s Minster Church at 7.30pm.
Originally put together for his university finals, Samuel has now extended it into a full-length concert where he shares his personal story with the instrument, taking his audience on a musical journey of life, faith and discovery.
A quick glance at the programme, where, for example a Chopin Study sits side-by-side with Coldplay’s Paradise, confirms that one of Samuel’s aims is to challenge the apparent incompatibility between different musical styles and genres. He says: “The only thing I must stress is that, while it is not a purely classical concert, there should still be more than enough to interest the average concert-goer and, by following an essentially chronological order, any musical surprises along the way should not cause too many problems!”
Samuel will be joined by guitarist Kostas Andrikopoulis, Nick Vaughan (drums), Lee Whittock (bass guitar), Ruth Tucker (clarinet), and trumpeter, Phoebe Willshire. The event will be raising money for the Christian water and sanitation charity operation, WellFound.
THE internationally-acclaimed Aquinas Piano Trio is no stranger to the area, and takes the next slot in the current Kelly College Music Society Series on Wednesday, January 15 in the Melvin Hall at 7.45pm.
Formed in 2009, the trio – Ruth Rogers (violin), Katherine Jenkinson (cello) and Martin Cousin (piano) – has quickly become one of Britain’s most sought-after ensembles of its kind.
Their programme opens with Beethoven’s early Trio in B flat, Op 11, continues with Ravel’s scintillating A Minor Trio, and concludes with a relative rarity, the Trio No 2 in E minor by Saint-Saëns.
The last two works feature on the trio’s debut CD, and it is hoped to release two further CDs later this year, featuring works by Mendelsohn, as more by Saint-Saëns.
The concert is sponsored by the Bryan Foster Charitable Trust and, with ample free parking, disabled access and complimentary coffee in the interval, certainly looks like being one of the season’s early highlights.
Further details of the concerts mentioned on this page can be found online at Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary, and at their respective websites, where available.