Society diversity

International pianists will perform during the company’s new season

The next season of the DARLINGTON Piano Society brings international pianists to the city in a series of recitals showcasing the breadth of the classical repertoire and the talent of its performers.

It begins with a return visit from Leon McCawley on October 16 to a program of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert which he will perform beforehand at London’s premier chamber music venue, Wigmore Hall.

All the pianists from the rest of the season will make their first visit here and two of them are the international competition grand prize winners – Mario Häring (second prize, Leeds 2018) and Mariam Batsashvili (winner of the Liszt Competition 2014) on 20 November and January 15, respectively. They are two exceptional young pianists who are building international careers.

The December 11 recital features the young British pianist Mark Viner, president of the Liszt Society and the Alkan Society, and his recital includes works from both in its program.

On February 19, the society welcomes the duo of Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins, seven years after the last performance of a duet for the society. They include pieces by Amy Beach, Constant Lambert and Samuel Barber.

The final recital of the season on March 12 by Tom Poster is themed Nights and Dreams: A Nocturnal Journey and, in addition to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, includes Tom’s arrangements of works associated with the night such as George Gershwin, Henry Mancini and Jerome Kern alongside original pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.

Greg Johnson, President of the Darlington Piano Society, said: “It’s always a challenge to put together a balanced season of experienced and up-and-coming pianists, in programs that are diverse and engaging. I think that has been achieved this season with the music of JS Bach, through composers like Schönberg and lesser-known composers such as Moszkowski, to composers of 20th century music and film classics”.

Tickets and season details can be found at and in the brochure available throughout the region. Recitals are held in the Dolphin Center’s Central Hall on Sundays at 3 p.m.

Full season tickets are £60, individual recital tickets are £15 and for young people under 21 admission is free (tickets also available at the door.