Tomorrow’s North Fylde Music Circle concert sees the welcome return of pianist Sam Haywood.
Born in North West England – St Bees – Sam has performed to critical acclaim all over the world as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
He has recorded extensively for radio and CD and his latest release, recently chosen as CD of the Week on Radio 3’s Sunday Morning programme, it is the first recording to have ever been made on Chopin’s own played piano of 1846.
Earlier this year, he appeared in 21 cities in the USA and Canada, with Joshua Bell and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Steven Iselin, Janis Georgia, Hobart Earle and the Athens State Orchestra.
He began playing the piano at aged four, inspired by evenings listening to crackly LPs of Beethoven Sonatas with his grandmother. Following his success at the age of 13 in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him their prestigious Iselin prize.
He went on to study in Vienna with Paul Babura-Skoda and at the Royal Academy of Music.
Outside his musical world, he loves to walk in his native Lake District and is a keen amateur magician and photographer.
Tomorrow’s concert, being held in the new concert hall at Blackpool Sixth Form College, starts at 7.30pm and features a programme of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.
Admission is £8 (members £7, full time students £4). Enquiries on (01253) 349650.