Welcome to Hartlepool Music Society's 2009/10 season which promises to be a particularly exciting one. Our international line-up includes artists who have played at some of the world's greatest music venues, and I am proud to present them in Hartlepool .
We start with a rarity-a piano duo-in the shape of the 4 hands of Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa. They recently commissioned a piece by the composer John McCabe entitled "Upon entering a painting", and I am delighted they will be playing this in Hartlepool . We follow this with a recital by the distinguished Wihan Quartet from Prague . They were named after the great cellist friend of Dvorak, Hanus Wihan, and appropriately they will be playing Dvorak's D Minor Quartet for us. They, too, will play a specially commissioned work - Cavatina and Moravian Dance by the composer, Roxana Panufnik.
We move on the 11 th December to our regular Christmas venue, St. George's UR Church, where we are always made most welcome. Our Christmas concert will be given by The Durham Singers, and it is a pleasure to welcome them back to play for us after a gap of several years. This concert will include the usual seasonal refreshments at the interval.
After our Christmas break, we present the Kuss Quartet from Germany , who are rising stars of the Quartet world. They will play a programme of Bartok, Brahms and Mozart's "Hunt" Quartet, and I urge you not to miss them.
Our guest in March is the pianist Martino Tirimo, who has played with some of the world's great orchestras. He will be playing an all-Chopin programme which includes rarities as well as much-loved pieces. For our final concert we welcome the American pianist, Andrew Brownell, who was a prize-winner in the 2006 Leeds Piano competition. He will give us an unusual concert, a hypothetical recreation of the contest between Mozart and Clementi staged by Emperor Joseph of Austria on Christmas Eve 1781, which should be fascinating. Whether you are a longstanding member of the Society or a first-time visitor, I hope you find much to enjoy.