Darlington Piano Society reaches a milestone on Sunday 25th February when it hosts its 100th performer for the Society.

The recital is by Martin James Bartlett, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2014, when he was 17 years old. At 21 years of age now, Martin is both the youngest pianist to play for the Society and is the same age as the Society – by chance rather than design.

Martin joins an impressive array of pianists who have played in Darlington, including many at various stages of their careers and including internationally renowned pianists such as Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Kovacevich, Martin Roscoe, Benjamin Grosvenor, Freddy Kempf, Steven Osborne, Paul Lewis and Angela Hewitt. Plans for a celebratory 25th season, in 2020-21, are being developed.

Martin studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and the Purcell School and currently studies at the Royal College of Music, as a Foundation Scholar. In 2014, Martin made his debut at the BBC Proms, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the “Last Night” celebrations from Belfast. In 2016, he was the only British competitor selected to take part in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he reached the quarter final stage.

Scarlatti – 3 Sonatas
Beethoven – Sonata No 30 in E major, op 109
Rachmaninov – 3 Preludes
Schumann/Liszt – Widmung
Liszt – Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Scriabin – Sonata No.4 in F# major, Op.30

  • Tickets available from the Dolphin Centre, online via the society’s website and on the door, £12 (U21, £6)
  • Season tickets for the remainder of the season can be purchased at the recitals or via the website.