Wye Valley Music’s next concert on Saturday, March 24 at 3pm in St Briavels Church, will feature current piano students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, RWCMD.

They are all students of Michael Young and are delighted and privileged to have this extra performance opportunity. Five students are in their final year of the 2-year Masters programme and in May they will each be performing a 50-minute solo recital, of which today’s items represent a part. Among them is Chung Xu who took part as pianist and singer in last year’s showcase.

The concert will also feature two younger students. One is in the second year of the BMus course at the RWCMD and we are particularly delighted to welcome back the second, Charlotte Kwok, for what will be her fifth visit to St. Briavels. Charlotte is now in her final year at school. She started at the Junior Department of RWCMD at the age of 7 and has won many local and national awards, including the prestigious Gregynog Piano Prize in November 2023. She will represent RWCMD in this year’s Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition on March 17th. She won Junior RWCMD’s concerto competition and last summer performed part of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the college orchestra. In October, Charlotte will go on to study Music at Trinity College, Oxford.

The concert programme is: Beethoven. Sonata in D major Op.10 No 3; Liszt. Vallée D’Obermann; Beethoven. Sonata in C major Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’.

Beethoven. Sonata in Eb major Op.27 No.1; Liszt. Légende No 2, (St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots); Bartok. Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs; Beethoven. Sonata in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’).

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these immensely talented young pianists at the start of their careers.

Tickets are £15 (£12 for WVM members and £5 for students 25 and under). A printed programme is included in the ticket price. To buy tickets, visit our website https://www.wyevalleymusic.org.uk and follow the links. If you have any difficulty booking, please leave a message on our help line 01291 330020.