Due to unforseen circumstances there has been a change in the advertised WACIDOM concert programme on Saturday 2nd February. Fortunately, we can still look forward to a fabulous lunchtime concert as some of the outstanding young musicians from Chetham’s school of music will be playing again for us at Holy Trinity.
This Saturday Patrick Townsend, Jonasz Antczak and Summer Ng will be playing the piano and Christopher Ellis will be playing the keyboard. They will be playing:
Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No. 3 (Subtitled “Youth”)
i Allegro Molto ii Andante con moto iii Presto
Orchestral accompaniment on keyboard.
Beethoven Sonata Op 14, No.1 – 1st Movement (Allegro)
Liszt Paganini Étude No.4 in E Major
Chopin Étude Op 25, No.12
Patrick Townsend is ten years old and studying piano at Chetham’s School of Music, with the distinguished piano teacher, Simon Bottomley. Patrick started to learn piano at the age of four and passed ABRSM Grade 8, with distinction, at the age of nine. From 2015, Patrick has won numerous first prizes, in consecutive years, at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival. In 2016 he won Laureate at the Chopin International Festival in Poland. He has also won first prize in the Hazel Grove Music Festival and was awarded the first prize in EPTA UK 2017 Piano Competition, then performing in St Martin in the Fields in London. In 2018, Patrick won first prize at EPTA Belgium W-B International Piano Competition. Most recently, in January 2019, Patrick has been awarded his ATCL Diploma (Associate of Trinity College London)
Summer Ng was born in Salford. She started learning the piano at the age of six because she was inspired by Yuanfan Yang’s BBC Concert. Summer started learning in Chetham’s School of Music in 2012 when she was eight. Her current teacher is Simon Bottomley and she has been studying with him for three years. She has played in the international Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland. Apart from music, her favourite subjects are Maths and German and her hobbies are reading, drawing and kendo. In the future Summer would like to be a teacher or an interpreter.
Jonasz Antczak is thirteen years old and originates from Poland. He started playing piano when he was seven years old and is inspired by his favourite Composer, Frédéric Chopin. Jonasz studies at Chetham’s School of Music under the tutelage of Simon Bottomley. Jonasz has participated in many Festivals and Competitions and has performed in Chetham’s concerts as a soloist and duettist. Jonasz is also a member of a string trio, together with his siblings.
Christopher Ellis is a former student at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy where he studied with Simon Bottomley and Christopher Elton, respectively. In 1998 he was runner-up in the Christopher Duke Memorial Competition and was awarded a diploma for his performance of Prokofiev at the International London Piano Competition. In 1999 he reached the final of the Royal Overseas League Competition and recorded Rachmaninoff’s 4th Concerto with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky. In 2006 he was a finalist at the Recontres International des Jeunes Pianistes and the 2007 Musica Aeterna Piano Competition in Belgium. Christopher now maintains a busy schedule mainly as an accompanist, working closely with local choirs and with students at Chetham’s School of Music.