Sun 5th Nov 2017 2.15pm: SCOTT BROTHERS PIANO DUO: Dazzling transcriptions of Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Dvorak Slavonic Dances and Borodin’s Polotsvian Dances

Scott Brothers Duo

Programme to include:

Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture
Tom Scott – Duet Sequence (2016)
Dvorak Slavonic Dances (selection)
Debussy – Petite Suite
Borodin – Polotsvian Dances

Scott Brothers Duo, Jonathan and Tom Scott, return to Leigh Music Society with a programme of exciting music for four hands at one piano.

They have performed at all of the major UK concert halls, and at venues throughout Europe, South America and the Far East as well appearing as guest solo pianists for English National Ballet’s UK tour of ‘Strictly Gershwin’. Their entertaining programmes, presentation and dynamic performing style have earned them great acclaim and many return visits.

Born in Manchester, Jonathan and Tom both studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music. Tom read Music on the joint course at Manchester University, gained the Thomas Beecham Medal for Excellence in his degree and subsequently achieved a distinction in his Masters degree. He made his concerto debut with the Hallé Orchestra, aged 17, with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Tom currently tutors at the RNCM and The University of Manchester where he has recently completed his PhD.

Jonathan continued his studies in the USA and Holland and was awarded the W.T. Best Gold Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and subsequently received the Freedom of the City of London. He is on the keyboard faculty of the RNCM and gives a series of lunchtime organ recitals at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. In addition to many radio and TV broadcasts, Jonathan recorded the piano music for the MIRAMAX film Brideshead Revisited and Melvyn Bragg’s The Reel History of Britain. This season he will be performing concertos on piano and organ with the BBC Philharmonic, RPO, CBSO, RLPO and Hallé Orchestra’s. His recent performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at London’s Royal Albert Hall were described as “scintillating” by the Sunday Times.

Scott Brothers Duo have recorded several CDs on their own label to great critical acclaim. The discs have received wide international airplay, as well as appearing on a special edition of “The Organist Entertains” on BBC Radio 2, which was dedicated entirely to the duo’s performances and recordings. ‘Duos for Piano & Organ’ achieved ‘editor’s choice’ in Organists’ Review, and was described by The Sydney Organ Journal as “Nothing short of astounding.” International Piano Magazine said of ‘Duets for Piano’ “I doubt whether Debussy’s Petite Suite or Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye have ever sounded more beguiling on disc.” The Organ hailed ‘Duos for Harmonium & Piano’ as “the best CD that I’ve heard in a long while”.