Summer full of musical delights for Uckfield

The Piatti String Quartet
The Piatti String Quartet

The Uckfield Music Club launches its 71st Summer Concert season with three superb performances to look forward to. They are held on Thursdays, May 21, June 18 and July 16 in St Margaret’s Church, Buxted Park.

The Piatti String Quartet - who delivered a wonderful concert in 2012 - returns for the May concert with a programme of music by Haydn, Ravel and Dvorak. They are among the UK’s foremost young string quartets, and have just won second prize in the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

The June concert has the gifted duo of Jane Lindsay, cello, Selected Artist of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, with leading collaborative pianist Alison Rhind. For the July concert, together with The Uckfield Festival, the Fibonacci Sequence, ‘a dazzlingly good chamber ensemble’ (The Times) will delight with harp, flute, violin, viola and cello.

Membership subscription is £24 for all three concerts and tickets on the door cost £12 per concert. Further information from: 01825 733254 or email: seymour.pat@btinternet.com

The Uckfield Music Club was founded in 1944 by a group of musical enthusiasts led by the charismatic Vera Maconochie (later Thomas), herself a distinguished soprano, and including Lady Parry, James Scott, a local builder and organist, and Bess Cooper, a member of a major local choir at the Congregational Church.

The first season that year featured the celebrated pianist Denis Matthews, who actually arrived on Uckfield Station from London in service uniform. The allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe was already well advanced. A pattern of five concerts developed, staged over the winter months, and for many years there was also a carol concert in the Parish Church given by the choir of Ardingly College.

The club has always sought to provide a platform both for artists with established reputations, nationally and internationally, and for young talented artists in the early stages of their careers.

Many musicians who were or later became household names and internationally famous came to perform in Uckfield, among them oboeist Leon Goossens, guitarist John Williams, violinist Nigel Kennedy, and the Piano Trio of Edmund Rubbra, Erich Gruenberg and William Pleeth. More recently, the prize winning Heath and Piatti Quartets, and BBC Young Musician of 2010, pianist Lara Melda, have performed. Concerts were given for many years in the Uckfield Town Hall, now the library, when the club acquired its own concert grand piano.