Intimate Classics in the City #2

Ivan Alekhin and Kate BatemanLast night’s concert – Flute Fantasia – was the second Intimate Classics in the City concert at St Mary’s Church, Lowgate  organised by cellist Thomas Bertolotti, whose vision is to make high quality classical music more accessible, bringing international artists into the city and showcasing new young musicians.

Ivan Alekhin & Kate Bateman – from Russia and America – performed a fabulous concert of flute duos and solos. Ivan’s opening collection, a Bach partita set the scene beautifully before  a selection of vibrant dance tunes including Marais’ Les Folies Espagnole, a wonderful set of variations originally written for my favourite instrument, the viola de gamba, what a treat. Kate’s performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Etudes showcased her poise and performance, full of both intensity, and lightness – gorgeous. 

The Intimate Classics series gives young musicians an opportunity to perform on the bill with with world class musicians. Young violinist Eleanor Hockney’s performance of Dvorak’s Humoresque, accompanied by Thomas on cello was a lovely part of the evening.

Rich took this gallery of photographs. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…


Bach – Partita A minor
Marais – Les Folies Espagnole

Piazolla Tango etudes 1, 3 and 4
Mozart Duet no 4

Dvorak – Humoresque – Eleanor Hockney

The Next Concert 

All the concerts are free of charge, 6 pm on the third Friday of each month, so 17th March 2017 at 6 pm at St Mary’s Church, Lowgate, Hull. Antanas Makstutis, Cristine Avila Martinez & Beatrice Stelzmuller – an international ensemble, flute, clarinet and piano trio from Lithuania, Austria and Colombia, and, from Hull, the Rosa String Quartet play Beethoven. See you there.

Photographs © Rich Duffy-Howard

Rich, Lou and Dexter Duffy-Howard

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