The Covid-19 lockdowns in the last year or so disrupted cultural activity globally but, undeterred by this, Darlington Piano Society managed to bring pianists to the town in a one-off summer season of four recitals.  The fourth and final one of these takes place in Central Hall at 3pm on Sunday 19th September and features the outstanding young British pianist, Jamie Bergin, who replaces the scheduled pianist who is indisposed.  This is a return visit to the Society for Jamie, who gave a splendid recital in November 2018.

Jamie was born in the Northeast, where his family still live, in Guisborough.  He completed his degree studies with Lars Vogt in 2016 and continues to work with him at the University of Music in Hannover. He has won various prestigious prizes at national and international competitions. and has performed solo recitals and concertos throughout the UK and Europe including Sage Gateshead (with the RNS and Lars Vogt) and at the Berliner Philharmonie. Jamie has appeared at international festivals and his performances have been broadcast on German radio stations.

Greg Johnson, chairman of the Piano Society says, “We are very grateful to Jamie for standing in at very short notice and for bringing such a fine programme of works by Schubert, Brahms, Granados, Chopin and Rachmaninov to end our successful summer season”.

Full details of the programme on the 19th are to be found on www.dpiano.co.uk and tickets are available via the website or on the door, price £14, and free for under-21s.

The recital is a precursor to a resumption of the Society’s normal season between October and March and details of this are also on the website.  The season is a celebration of young and outstanding talent, featuring the 2015 and 2018 winners of the Leeds International Piano competition, a BBC Young Generation Artist and the 2018 winner of the BBC young Musician of the Year competition.