Scott Brothers Duo on two pianos

7.45pm SATURDAY 27th JULY 2019


Scott Brothers Duo on two pianos

Brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott return to Guiting with a thrilling programme of music for two pianos. Their programme encompasses some of the greatest music ever written including original works and transcriptions from the 18th Century to the present day.

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) arr. Scott Overture to The Barber of Seville
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) Scaramouche – Suite for Two Pianos I Vif
II Modéré
III Brazileira
Philip Glass (b. 1937)
Movement No. 3 (from Four Movements for Two Pianos – 2008)
George Gershwin (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) arr. Scott
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon HWV 67)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) arr. Scott Peer Gynt Suite No.1 Op. 46
I Morning Mood
II Death of Åse
III Anitra’s Dance
IV In the Hall of the Mountain King
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) arr. Scott Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor)

Brothers Jonathan and Tom perform in instrumental combinations which cover the entire keyboard spectrum, including Piano Duet, Two Pianos, Piano & Organ, and Harmonium & Piano. Born in Manchester, Jonathan and Tom both studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). This season Scott Brothers Duo are performing across UK as well as concerts in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Singapore and Taiwan.

Tom read Music on the joint course at The University of Manchester, gained the Sir Thomas Beecham Medal for Excellence in his degree, and achieved a distinction in his Masters degree. He made his concerto debut with the Hallé Orchestra, aged 17, with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. This season’s concerts have taken Tom on tours across Europe where he has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic and Nigel Kennedy. Tom is also a keen artist and animator who has recently completed commissions for the BBC Philharmonic to create animations to accompany their live classical concerts. His animations are regularly performed alongside orchestras and ensembles world-wide. As a composer, Tom’s work ranges from instrumental to acousmatic compositions and audio/visual works, and his music has been performed across Europe and USA. He completed his PhD in electroacoustic composition at The University Of Manchester (supported by AHRC funding) and currently lectures in electroacoustic composition at the RNCM.

Jonathan continued his studies in the USA and Holland, and was awarded the W.T. Best Gold Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and subsequently received the Freedom of the City of London. Since 2001 he has been on the keyboard faculty of the RNCM and is Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall where he gives a series of popular lunchtime organ concerts which attract audiences approaching 1000. Jonathan’s recent performances have included numerous solo recitals as pianist and organist as well as concerto performances with Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as appearances at the BBC proms, broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, 3 and ClassicFM, and a live recording of Copland’s Organ Symphony with BBC Philharmonic and John Wilson for Chandos Records. In 2017 Jonathan gave the world premiere of the new organ concerto ‘6000 Pipes!’ by Sir Karl Jenkins with Hull Philharmonic Orchestra and he will be performing this work throughout 2019 including a special gala performance at The Royal Albert Hall, London in October.

Scott Brothers Duo have released several recordings on their own label to great critical acclaim and the discs have received wide international airplay, including their own special editions of BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Organist Entertains’. Their recent duo concert at Montserrat Abbey, Spain was broadcast live on Spanish TV and their online performance videos have totalled over 8 million views.

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Delicious food and drink is available at all concerts as well as a limited number of post concert suppers at the nearby Old Vicarage where you can dine with the musicians. Go to the HOSPITALITY page for details…