Violin-piano duo on tour

THE July series of Concerts in the West brings the violin-piano duo of Callum Smart and Richard Uttley, to Bridport and Ilminster on Friday 15th and Crewkerne on Saturday 16th.

Callum Smart is quickly developing an international reputation as one of Britain’s finest young violinists and an innovative teacher, combining his professorship at the  Royal Northern College of Music with a following of more than 40,000 on Instagram.

Recognised as a rising star since winning the BBC Young Musician strings category and being the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition in 2010, Smart has played with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonica, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Richard Uttley has been praised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’. His playing has been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC World Service, Classic FM and Sky Arts. Highlights this season include the Gershwin and John Ireland piano concertos, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, and recitals in the Musikverein in Vienna, Hamburg’s, Elbphilharmonie and BOZAR in Brussels.

The programme for the Concerts in the West series features sonatas and romances by Schubert and Schumann. The concert at Bridport Arts Centre is on Friday 15th at 11.30am, Ilminster Arts Centre that evening at 7.30pm and at the Dance House, Crewkerne, on Saturday 16th at 7.30.