Chichester Music Society: Margaret Fingerhut and Bradley Creswick

Making a welcome return visit to CMS on 11 MayBradley Creswick (violin) and Margaret Fingerhut (piano), both renowned musicians in their own right, will together perform a programme including Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and sonatas by Beethoven and Elgar. The pair have dedicated their concert to the memory of Chris Coote our late Treasurer, who died in 2020.

Bradley Creswick was born in West Sussex and had violin lessons at school in Chichester and later at the Royal College of Music under Jaroslav Vanacek and Emanuel Hurwitz. Bradley has recently been made Leader Emeritus of Royal Northern Sinfonia. He began his long relationship with them in 1984, and the musical life then, as now, was amazingly rich and varied. In 1987 Bradley moved to London to lead the Philharmonia, still maintaining his relationship with the Sinfonia, making guest appearances, notably as a soloist with them in the 1989 BBC Proms playing The Lark Ascending. The London years continued as leader of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House before taking the opportunity, in 1994, to return to the Sinfonia and the North East for a second time. 

Margaret Fingerhut has a distinguished career which has taken her all over the world. She is particularly known for her innovative recital programmes in which she explores the highways and byways of the piano repertoire.  As a concerto soloist she has appeared with all the UK’s major orchestras, and she is frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and many radio stations worldwide.  Margaret is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2015. She has given masterclasses in the USA, Canada, Japan and China, and she is a regular guest at international summer schools such as Chetham’s, Jackdaws and Dartington. 

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