Award-winning pianist Viv McLean returns to Glossop on Friday 14 December for Glossop Music Festival’s annual Christmas Concert. Viv McLean has recently been appointed Vice-President of the Festival, having been instrumental in its formation along with ex-Artistic Director and current President, Tom Elliott. He has recently released an album of some of George Gershwin finest works, and some of these pieces will be performed on the night. The programme also includes piano works for four hands – Schubert’s F minor Fantasy and Fauré’s Dolly suite, where McLean will be accompanied by pianist Benjamin Powell. Soprano Claire Surman will also sing pieces by Schubert and Fauré. Powell and Surman are internationally renowned prize winning soloists, members of the Festival’s Artistic Team and resident in Glossop. There will be a bar serving wine and non-alcoholic alternatives available before the concert, and all funds raised will go to support future work by the Festival.
The concert is promoted by the Glossop Music Festival, which aims to bring the highest quality of classical music to the widest possible audience through a year-long series of concerts, comprising a Summer Festival together with one-off concerts throughout the year. Tickets for the concert are free, but the Music Festival ask the audience at the end of the concert to donate whatever they think the concert was worth. Concerts already confirmed in 2019 include the Apollo Saxophone Quartet and The Coull Quartet, who return to Glossop following a well-received recital in 2017.