Three evenings of piano, jazz and song at Criccieth Memorial Hall

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Criccieth Memorial Hall will host not one, not two, but three concerts next week.

The Criccieth Festival Committee and Friends of Criccieth Memorial Hall were approached by Ken Grundy of Maestro Touring, asking if they would be interested in hosting three concerts in the hall.

They jumped at the chance, with Friends coordinator Pam Mayo explaining, “Mr. Grundy has a lot of people who travel all over the world to see his concerts.

“This year, they have chosen to come to Criccieth and offer to help us raise much needed funds for our centenary.”

Concerts take place on the weekends of October 8-10.

Tickets are available at www.cricciethmemorialhall.com or www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on?q=criccieth.

On Friday October 8, Luke Jones’ recital will feature works by JS Bach, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Prokofiev.

Luke started playing the piano at the age of 5 and made his recital debut at the age of 10. At age 11, he got a place at Chetham’s School of Music. He then studied in Italy at the Conservatorio di Musica in Campobasso and at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2019, they won their prestigious gold medal, the college’s highest honor for performance.

Luke has performed throughout the UK and the EU with concerts and recitals in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham as well as in Paris, Luxembourg, Salzburg and Barcelona. He has performed with orchestras including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Manchester Camerata, Orchestra of the Swan and Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya.

The Sam Jewison Trio will take the stage on Saturday, October 9.

Singer, pianist and conductor Sam, with his trio, presents an evening of jazz in the style of 1922, the year the Memorial Hall opened, and music from the Great American Songbook.

Sam studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance where, in addition to winning numerous prizes and awards for his vocal achievements, he also won the 2019 Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition.

He made the front page of the Festival ReGeneration 2020 in Florence, with Anush Hovhannisyian, Shenel Johns, VeronicaSwift, Dominick Farinacci, Yasushi Nakamura and Dan Tepfer. His performance of the Great American Songbook has earned him sold-out appearances with his eponymous orchestra, including Camden’s famous Jazz Café, Blackheath Halls and Westminster Abbey, as well as his trio for the Articola Di Lombardia in Milan, Music in Valsolda on Lake Lugano and The Arts Club in London.

To round off the weekend, acclaimed soprano Anush Hovhannisyan performing in Criccieth just before beginning rehearsals for the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

She will be joined by Sam on piano for The Composer in Hollywood, celebrating legendary concert and dramatic music composers, whose collective genius has touched the masses across Hollywood.

Anush represented Armenia at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, The Times named her The Face to Watch in Opera 2020, followed by Opera Magazine featuring her as the cover of the July / August 2020 issue.

Nominated for the 2018 International Opera Awards, she made a name for herself as one of the brightest young sopranos of her generation, followed by her highly acclaimed Scottish opera debut as Violetta La Traviata.

Anush was the last in Wales just before the first lockdown to perform the role of Helen in Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers in Cardiff & Llandudno with the Welsh National Opera and Maestro Carlo Rizzi. Based in London, she has worked with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Holland Park, Opera Rara and the BBC Proms. She has worked with many renowned conductors, including Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren.

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