Change of artists for concert

PUBLISHED: 10:27 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 17 June 2010

Sidmouth Concert Society seems to be having a run of misfortune. It was only last month that their visiting artist had to call off at the last moment because of injury and again, for their February concert, one of the artists, Matthew Sharp has also had to make a last minute cancellation

Sidmouth Concert Society seems to be having a run of misfortune. It was only last month that their visiting artist had to call off at the last moment because of injury and again, for their February concert, one of the artists, Matthew Sharp has also had to make a last minute cancellation.

He was to have taken the dual role of singer and cellist. Fortunately, with telephone lines kept busy, his place has been filled, but with two performers, a cellist and a soprano, instead of one, for it would have been difficult to find another musician who could have undertaken the same dual role. It has also meant that most of the programme has had to be changed, but it is unlikely that anyone will be disappointed with what is now on offer.

Pianist Viv McClean survives from the original duo but now soprano Jeanette Ager and cellist Robin Michael have stepped in to fill the gap.

Jeanette has considerable experience in concert work, as a recitalist and in oratorio, and has appeared in most of the important venues in this country. She has also undertaken a number of operatic roles. In addition her work has taken her to Bermuda, the Czech Republic, Spain and China.

Robin Michael is known for his support of contemporary music and he appears in a number of the country's leading chamber groups. In this role he has toured Asia, South Africa and Europe. At the other end of the spectrum he is a member of several period instrument ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Baroque Soloists.

Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F major survives from the original programme but, otherwise there will be a change of items. For cello and piano there will be Schumann's charming Fantasiestücke, and the songs will include groups by Fauré, Brahms and the Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu.

This recital takes place in the Knowle Council Chamber at 3.00 pm. on Saturday, February 7. Non members of the society are welcome, with tickets available at the door.

John Dalton


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