Final concerts seal season’s success

Pianist Alexander Ullman will bring CML!F season to an end
Pianist Alexander Ullman will bring CML!F season to an end

Classic Music Live! Falkirk’s season of concerts will come to an end next Friday with a concert given by the winner of the prestigious Liszt International Piano competition.

Alexander Ullman will perform the concert on Friday, March 11 in Falkirk Town Hall - bringing an end to a season that has included some of the most exciting talent in the classical music world.

Bob Tait of CML!F said: “These are the closing concerts of our very successful season in which CML!F has brought classical music performances of the highest calibre to Falkirk Town Hall.”

He is looking forward to hearing Alexander Ullman who, by winning such a prestigious competition, is following a pathway to a glittering international career.

Alexander, who was born in London in 1991, is already a seasoned performer throughout Europe, Asia and America and is supported by the Young Classical Artists’ Trust.

Bob added: “His programme is full of delights from composers such as Haydn, Ravel and Chopin. The second half of the programme is a performance of the towering and monumental Sonata in B minor by Liszt which is full of emotion and pyrotechnics. This concert is a very fitting finale to a very

successful season.”

The previous concert, also held in FTH, was a recital given by the London-based Atea Wind Quintet.

CML!F’s Richard Watson said: “Individually the players had flawless techniques and together played as real chamber musicians. Little wonder that they are held in such high regard.”

The first half of the concert consisted of music by Mozart, and the French composer Jean Francaix. Also in the first half was a contemporary work by Holloway-Nahum called “How to Avoid Huge Ships”.

Said Richard: “A strangely titled piece which came with a head scratching explanation in the programme notes, it was actually a very enjoyable and well-crafted piece.

“The second half started with a quintet by Guiseppe Cambini who stylistically is very similar to Mozart.

“Then we had a very fine wind quartet by the neglected English composer Frank Bridge.

The concert culminated in a superb performance in what has become regarded as a masterpiece of the repertoire – Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet. For an encore we were given a little Gershwin.”

Tickets for Alexander Ullman cost £14 (£12) and students £3 are available from the Steeple Box Office (01324 506850) or at the door on the evening of the performance.