Seaton Music started it’s 73rd season on Thursday 19th October 2023 with a wonderful concert featuring Julian Trevelyan at the piano.

The programme included a set of 10 variations by JS Bach described as in the Italian manner. Next fans were treated to an exciting performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata in A, one of his ‘War’ Sonatas. In it’s four movements we experienced the ferocity of war, the precision of military disciplines as well as more reflective themes and lively toccata ending.

The final piece was the Fantasie in C major by Schumann which was started as an expression of his feelings for his eventual wife, Clara. The work was extended into three movements in order to raise funds for a Beethoven monument in Bonn. Our lovely Steinway was certainly given a ‘work out’ especially in the Prokofiev and the Schuman that called for a huge variety of tone colours and even at one point, required that the fist should be hammered onto the keys.

Happily, the piano survived this onslaught and we look forward to hearing it played again on Thursday Nov 16th when the Zemlinsky Trio, Piano, Cello and Clarinet will be with us for an evening of music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Cécile Sarah Hartog, Brahms and Beethoven.