Darlington Piano Society’s recital at Central Hall 3pm on Sunday February 24th sees the Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo bring a highly stimulating recital programme of eclectic pianistic styles, ending each half with works of dramatic and virtuosic character.

Rarely will the audience experience a programme featuring predominantly 20th-century composers and including such diversity of style. Balakirev’s Islamey is described as “a work of transcendentally difficult pianism” and Messiaen commented that there needed to be an interval after No. X of his Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jesus “in order for both the performer to regroup and for the audience to consider what they had just heard!”

Mei Yi studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London and currently holds a teaching position at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She was winner of the Best Newcomer of the Year award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013 for her album ‘Musical Toys’ and her most recent CD, ConNotations’ has also met with unanimous critical acclaim.

The full programme is Janacek “In the Mists”, Clara Schumann -3 Romances Op.11 Balakirev – Islamey, Ravel – Ma Mère l’Oye, Stravinsky -Tango and Piano Ragtime and Messiaen – Vingt Regards sur I’Enfant-Jesus – No. X.

  • For full details of the society’s season, visit the society’s website
  • Recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on Sundays at 3pm
  • Season tickets – £55 – can be purchased using the brochure’s booking form or via the website
  • Tickets cost £12 for single recitals from the Dolphin Centre and on the door (U21 – £6)