THE first of the new season of Grundy Fylde Arts midday recitals at Springfield Methodist Church, Bispham, on Friday features rising young concert pianist Emmanuel Vass.
Born in the Philippines he grew up in East Yorkshire. Having passed Grade 8 piano with distinction at the age of 15, he was offered a place at the Leeds College of Music.
He has just completed his further studies as a double scholarship student at the Royal Northern College of Music and has now embarked on a career as a soloist.
He plays extensively around England, regularly performing at high-key events along with concert appearances at Chester Cathedral, Ryedale Music Festival, Beverley Minster and elsewhere. He has also played twice in the Fylde Arts Young Artists’ Platform recital series.
Recently he was invited to perform at Castle Howard and also for the Russian Ambassador in Kensington Palace Gardens. He has also worked alongside pop star Lulu and “popera” group Blake for the Prince and Princess of Monaco as part of the Variety Club Golden Jubilee Ball.
Some of his orchestral commissions have been broadcast and featured on BBC Look North. Other projects include work in popular, jazz and world music and dance groups.
Friday’s recital begins at 1pm and includes works by Bach, Debussy, Brahms, De Falla, Gershwin and Jarre.
Admission to these recitals is no longer free due to recent cuts in financial support. In order to continue them recital organiser Marjorie Pennington has collaborated with Fylde Arts Association. Admission is now £7 with £5 for Fylde Arts members.