Thursday, 15 November 2018

Top pianist to play Caversham church

CONCERTS in Caversham continues to establish an enviable reputation for intimate music-making in a warm and

CONCERTS in Caversham continues to establish an enviable reputation for intimate music-making in a warm and relaxed style in the wonderful acoustics of St Andrew‘s Church in Caversham.

Now in its fifth year of chamber music concerts, the series was established to promote a high quality and fully professional concert series using some of this country‘s finest musicians.

To date, Concerts in Caversham have showcased three BBC Young Musician of the Year finalists, along with principal players from some of this country‘s leading orchestras and ensembles — The Royal Philharmonic, The Halle, The Orchestra of Covent Garden and The Britten Sinfonia, to name just a few.

The summer concert featured as soloists the brilliant violinist Tamas Andras, co-leader of the Royal Philharmonic, and the superb oboist Timothy Watts, also from the Royal Philharmonic, with the fabulous Caversham Ensemble Chamber Orchestra.

The audience were treated to a wonderfully varied programme of music from Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams, keeping them enthralled and moved in equal measure.

For the autumn concert on Saturday, October 10 — which incidentally will mark almost exactly five years of activity for Concerts in Caversham — the brilliant young pianist Yuko Sano will play a delightful programme to demonstrate her virtuosity and musicianship.

Yuko was born in Toyko. She had her successful debut recital in Tokyo at the age of 16 to an audience of 1,200.

After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts she studied at the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, before being awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Maud Hornsby Award at the end of her first year.

She also won the highest prize at the Burckhardt International Piano Competition and the first prize and Grand Prix in all categories at the PIARA Piano Competition.

She has performed piano concertos with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and made her London debut at The Rest is Noise festival at the Southbank Centre.

She has given recitals throughout the UK and in Europe and is a Young Concert Artist for Steinway Pianos.

Yuko‘s programme on October 10 will include works by Liszt, Chopin, Haydn and the thought-provoking composer, Takemitsu.

Reviewers say: “It was in some ways the height of luxury, and a perfect evening. The luxury was taking a short walk to a quiet neighbourhood church, to listen to beautiful, world-class music performed by such talented musicians.“

And: “If you haven‘t already discovered the excellent series of concerts at St Andrew‘s Church, I urge you to come along to the next. The performances were top quality and yet the concert was relaxed.“

With the invaluable help of volunteers from the St Andrew‘s community, use of a lovely August Forster grand piano, the wonderful acoustics of St Andrew‘s Church and growing audiences, the series is set fair to continue providing music of the highest calibre for the foreseeable future.

Adrienne Black

Concerts in Caversham‘s autumn concert is at St Andrew‘s Church in Albert Road, Caversham, starting at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 10. Ticket prices are still to be confirmed, but full details will shortly be available on the website at

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