Free concert at Portsmouth Central Library’s Menuhin Room

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At 12:30 pm on Saturday lunchtime, 8 October, there’s a free concert in the central library’s 3rd floor Menuhin Room.

Valentina Seferinova writes:

Here’s a picture of the magnificent full-size Steinway concert grand, widely regarded as the finest instrument along the South Coast!

It was last seen and heard many years ago in the central library’s 3rd floor Menuhin Room (originally designed specifically for intimate concerts, and opened by the maestro himself).

The room was closed for refurbishment in 2003/4 but never really opened again ever since. And the instrument and its surrounding auditorium had become largely forgotten about, until now!

I was recently invited to try it out after it had seen some maintenance and re-tuning.

And a relaunch concert has now been agreed between the Portsmouth City Council and organiser Andrew McVittie.

AND IT’S FREE! BUT SEATS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE (see details below).

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! WE ARE RUNNING A RESERVE LIST, THOUGH.

Numbers are limited and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Complimentary tea and coffee will be served to concert-goers in the Lily & Lime Café during the interval.

The total event running time, including the interval, is approximately 2 +/- hours. (Performers will be doing 10/15 minutes each).

Performers appearing will include (in alphabetical order): Robert Blanken (clarinet); Kate Burrows (piano); Ashton Gray (piano); Karen Kingsley (piano); Mikhail Lezdkan (‘cello); Helen Morris (piano); myself – Valentina Seferinova (piano); Bogdan Vacarescu (violin); Angela Zanders (piano).

Performances will include music by: Debussy, Horowitz, Parry, Brahms, Nosokowski, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Delius, Gershwin, Beethoven, Schumann, Amy Beach.

TO BOOK UNRESERVED SEATS please email the organiser Andrew McVittie stating the number of seats you need and the names of those attending so that these can be added to the door list. Andrew’s email address is amcvittie@live.com. Alternatively, bookings can be made by telephone on 07563 840081.

IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED WHAT I DO – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO FIND OUT AND HEAR FOR YOURSELF – FOR FREE !!

We’re hoping that this free event will be well attended – and encourage the Council to bring the Menuhin Room back into regular use as a live music venue.


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