Top musicians to perform together

PUBLISHED: 11:53 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:59 15 June 2010

Another of those young musicians whose career has been boosted by becoming a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition will be appearing at the town hall for Seaton Music s next concert, at 7.30pm, on Wednesday, February 11.

Another of those young musicians whose career has been boosted by becoming a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition will be appearing at the town hall for Seaton Music's next concert, at 7.30pm, on Wednesday, February 11.

Clarinetist Katie Lockhart has been a member of the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival Orchestra since 2006 and has toured both Europe and the USA with them. She has also played with most of the leading British orchestras and has made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with the European Union Youth Orchestra.

She will be partnered by pianist Mina Miletic, who was born in Belgrade, of Serbian/Bulgarian parents, and has led an international career with concerts in most parts of the world from Armenia, through such countries as Estonia and Kuwait, to America.

Their programme will consist of two well known pieces for clarinet and piano - the Fantasiestücke, Op73 by Schumann, and the brilliant Gran Duo Concertante by Weber.

The remainder of the programme will bring some lesser known pieces, although no less interesting.

The Dance Preludes by the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, originally scheduled in the programme, will not now be played. Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet exploit the characteristics of the instrument to the full, the final piece being in an improvisatory vein, written without barlines.

John Ireland's Fantasy Sonata is a delightful work by an under-rated British composer and the remaining piece in the programme, Bucolique, comes from the rarely heard French composer Eugène Bozza in a piece intended to show off the clarinet.

It should be noted that this concert is on a Wednesday rather than the usual Thursday, and tickets will be available at the door.

John Dalton


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