Change of soloists for Concerts in the West

CONCERTS in the West has announced a change of performers for the October series at Bridport Arts Centre (coffee concert) and Ilminster Arts Centre on Friday 6th and the Dance House at Crewkerne on Saturday 7th.

Violinist Emmanuel Bach has injured his arm and it is taking some time to heal. He therefore made the decision to cancel his tour. Concerts in the West plans to reorganise the dates with pianist Julian Trevelyan in a future season.

Their places have been taken by violinist Callum Smart and pianist Richard Uttley, who agreed to come at very short notice. This duo played for Concerts in the West in July 2022 and Richard played with the violist Rosalind Ventris earlier this year.

The programme for this October series has been changed and now includes sonatas by Mozart, Debussy and Franck.

Callum Smart, who plays a c1730-35 violin by Carlo Bergonzi, has been 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. He has performed with leading UK orchestras. This season he will direct the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a series of concerts, and perform the Elgar, Schnittke, Bruch, Mendelssohn and Dvorak concertos. As a recitalist, Smart performs at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and at major festivals including the Cheltenham, the Dvorak Festival in Prague, the Menuhin Festival, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and the Malmo International String Festival.

Richard Uttley is renowned for his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist in a wide range of repertoire. He studied at Cambridge University, graduating from Clare College with a Double First in Music, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Martin Roscoe. He has released several solo recordings to critical acclaim and appeared at venues and festivals including Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Banff Centre (Alberta), Bath Festival, BOZAR (Brussels), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Modulus Festival (Vancouver), Musikverein (Vienna), National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), Royal Festival Hall and the Wigmore Hall. Richard is a piano professor at the Royal College of Music, and a Professor of Academic Studies at Guildhall School of Music.