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John Paul Ekins Piano Concert, Tickhill Music Society

Tickhill Music Society’s first concert of 2014 was a piano recital given by John Paul Ekins. Notable features of the evening were the verbal introductions given by the artist - richly informative and illuminating. The evening began with a Mozart Fantasy (K475) played crisply and with assurance. There followed the Impromptu in A flat, Op.90 No. 4 - melodic but with overtones of Schubertian pathos. Next came the Holiday Diary, Op. 5, an early work by Benjamin Britten in three movements. This gave impressionistic accounts of a splashy early morning bathe, a serene trip on a sailing boat and finally a boisterous Fun Fair.

After the interval there were three Intermezzi (Op.117) by Brahms, the first with a yearning melody, the second rather solemn and the third, slow, dark and march-like.

The evening was rounded off in fine style with a majestic account of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 (op.53) known as the Waldstein, the name of the Count to whom it is dedicated. This was a thoroughly satisfying evening of splendid music making delivered with sensitivity, technical accomplishment and panache. Mr Ekins has an engaging personality and mastery of his instrument, and his musicianship was much enjoyed by the audience who applauded with sincere enthusiasm. Another rewarding concert from this enterprising Music Society.