A celebrated pianist recently entertained a Seaton audience with a performance of classical music.

Sarah Beth Briggs entertained at the which was held on the evening of April 18 at The Gateway Theatre.

Ms Beth Briggs has graced the Seaton stage six times since her initial debut when she was just 11.

Since then, she has become a joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and was the then youngest ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest. 

Ms Beth Briggs, known for her sensitive playing and informative introductions to her pieces, started her performance with Variations on God Save the King by Beethoven.

Variations is the title of Ms Beth Briggs’ most recent CD.

Following this, she performed Mozart’s Sonata in C minor, K457.

She played short extracts of the theme from Bach’s Partitia No 2 for Keyboard, demonstrating that when these were combined, they formed the theme of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata.

Her repertoire continued with 3 Character Pieces by Benjamin Britten, which she had the honour of debuting at its World Premiere performance.

She also played Clara Schumann’s Quatre Pièces Fugitives Op 15 and Robert Schumann’s Arabeske.

The evening's performance concluded with Chopin’s Ballade No 4, Op 52.

Ms Beth Briggs explained to the audience how a pupil had inspired her to delve into the world of Jazz piano.

The audience was treated to a jazz rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow.

SeatonMusic will host the final event of the 72nd season, featuring flautist Ruth Molins and pianist Alex Wilson.

The duo will take the stage at the Gateway on the evening of May 23.

The concert will start earlier than usual at 7pm and will include the annual general meeting of Seaton Music.

Admission will be free for everyone and there will be free refreshments in the interval.