Nadsa news – February 2023

By John Rockey
5 February 2023

Nadsa news – February 2023

For February’s concert on Sunday 19th we welcome Dina Duisen back again, this time with clarinettist Peter Cigleris, and this will be our last afternoon concert for this season. For March there’s something special, but more of that later.

As well as playing at various music festivals in UK, Peter is well known to Radio 3 listeners. Having performed a live lunchtime concert and appeared with the Tippett Quartet, he’s also talked with Sean Rafferty on ‘In Tune’. Internationally he’s played with at festivals and given recitals in Spain, France, Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Mexico, Hungary and the USA. As a solo recording artist Peter has a growing discography. On his most recent release ‘Rediscovered’ on the Cala Signum label he features as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales presenting four British clarinet concertos, of which three are world premiere recordings. The disc has been extremely well received by reviewers and listeners alike.

Read more about Peter here and about Dina here

Dina Duisen played for us in January as a soloist, to a spellbound audience, but for this concert she shares the stage.

Together Peter and Dina have lined up for us a mixed programme of clarinet favourites and less familiar works. Saint-Saëns’ Clarinet Sonata, Op 167 and Francis Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata FP 184 will be known by many, but we’ll also discover Cecile Hartog’s Chateaux de Espagne No 1 & No 2, Clive Jenkins’ Five Pieces for Clarinet and Piano and Michele Mangani’s Clarinet Sonata. If you like woodwind, you’ll enjoy this programme and if you’re not so sure, it’s a chance to discover what you’re missing!

This promises to be another popular afternoon, so don’t delay: book tickets now at

Something special for March? Yes, the long-delayed NADSA 75th anniversary Piano Festival Weekend, featuring three internationally-renowned artists: pianists Margaret Fingerhut, Noriko Ogawa, and Martin Roscoe. Although previously announced, we're sorry that because of illness, Judith Hall will no longer be able to perform at this event. We hope that she may be well enough to make a guest appearance, and our thoughts are with her family.

And yes, all three will perform at every event - where else might you get an opportunity to hear such talent! Tickets are on sale right now… The Festival weekend will start on Friday 10th March with a concert at 7:30 pm in which all four artists will perform.

Then on Saturday 11th at 3:00 pm there will be a free-to-attend Afternoon Audience with the Artists; an opportunity to meet with them and ask questions in an informal setting.

In the evening there will be a Buffet Dinner at 7:30 pm where you can enjoy international cuisine provided by a high quality caterer, and we will be joined by our musicians who will play some genuine impromptus.

On Sunday 12th there's a free-to-attend Open Rehearsal at 11:00 am where you’ll have the opportunity to see and hear the musicians at work and to find out how the programme for the Sunday afternoon concert will be finalised.

The closing concert will be on Sunday 12th March at 2:30 pm, and this will be a response to the challenge “What relatively unusual repertoire have you ever performed, and then been quite surprised by a favourable audience reaction?” The final programme will have been decided at the open rehearsal on Sunday morning.

You’re warmly invited to attend all the events at a discounted package rate, or you are welcome to purchase tickets to individual events on their own – on sale now at

That's all for now; happy listening,
John R