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FINGHIN COLLINS DOCTORATE
Many congratulations to Finghin Collins for receiving a Doctorate degree in Music honoris causa from the National University of Ireland for his services to music. His sister Dearbhla, also a pianist, was also honoured in the same way on the same day and it is thought that this is the first time two siblings were honoured with the same degree on the same day.


Photo: Michel Schnater
PHILIP ELLIS WITH DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
Philip Ellis' 17-18 season began in Amsterdam where he was conducting Dutch National Ballet's annual Gala Opening performance. Continuing the festivities offstage Philip also celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife Sarah in the romantic surroundings of a houseboat moored just a hop, skip and a jump from the Dutch National Opera & Ballet.


GOULD PIANO TRIO: RUSSIA IN REVOLUTION
The Gould Piano Trio is greatly anticipating a series of chamber music concerts: Russia in Revolution, which they have curated for the Leeds International Chamber Season. In six concerts running from October 2017 through March 2018 they will perform some sumptuous and compelling Russian masterpieces alongside less frequently heard works.


PASCAL ROGÉ AT ESTIVALES MUSICALES
Pascal Rogé, pictured with his wife Ami and manager Nicholas Curry, at a cheese fondue party following his recital for Estivales Musicales in the Jura region of Switzerland earlier this month.


ALESSANDRO TAVERNA: SPECIAL GUEST AT THE LEEDS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION GALA DINNER
Alessandro Taverna, who won Third Prize in 2012, was a special guest of the Leeds International Piano Competition's Gala Dinner held recently to celebrate 50 years of the Friends of the Competition and to mark the countdown to the next competition in 2018. Alessandro has maintained very close links with the competition since his success and has performed frequently in the UK and Yorkshire particularly ever since. The picture shows him entertaining the guests in a surprise performance.


EMMA JOHNSON: BEETHOVEN SEPTET
Emma Johnson is excited to be working with six of her musical colleagues in performances of Beethovenís gloriously tuneful Septet this autumn. A live recording of their concert at the Turner Sims, Southampton will be released next year. Details of the concerts in London, Southampton and Canterbury can be found on the concerts page of the website: www.emmajohnson.co.uk/concerts/


FINGHIN COLLINS: NEW CHOPIN CD FOR CLAVES
Finghin Collinsís programme on his new CD for Claves Records covers the major period of Chopinís artistic activity and demonstrates the influence of Italian opera particularly that of Belliniís sophisticated bel canto style, and his own inherent dramatic impulses. Release date: 6th October 2017.


Emma Johnson becomes the first female alumnus to have her portrait unveiled at Pembroke College, Cambridge
The clarinettist was the first woman to be made an honorary fellow of the college in 1999. The portrait is by BP Portrait Artist award winner Isabella Watling. It was unveiled on 8 March 2016 (International Womenís Day). Johnson described Watling as Ďa great young artistí, adding: ĎI am so grateful that her powerful work will make me a part of the Universityís history.í Pembroke College was founded by a woman in 1347 and opened its doors to female students in 1984.


ROGÉs RECORD BART”K
Since he recorded the complete Bartůk Concertos for DECCA in 1978-79 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Walter Weller, Pascal Rogé has always wanted to complete his set by recording the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.
Now nearly 40 years later on in his very distinguished career Pascalís wish has finally come true in a new release this month (October 2015) on ONYX Classics with his wife pianist Ami Rogé and the percussionists Paul Clarvis and Joby Burgess.
The other works on their CD include an arrangement of Ravelís famous Bolero and a first recording of Australian composer Matthew Hindsonís Pulse Magnet.