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Spektrix Ref 1: Kate22


23 January | 12:00pm | £18 / £15 

Doors & coffee from 11:00am | Concert 12:00pm, ends c.1:00pm, no interval


Kate Romano, clarinet | Ian Buckle, piano


Johannes Brahms - Sonata in E flat, op 120 no 2 (22’)

Edward German - Romance (6’)

Elizabeth Maconchy - Fantasia (9’)

Richard Rodney Bennett - Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn (8’)

Angela Morely - Harlequin (4’)


Kate Romano and Ian Buckle are co-Artistic Directors of the classical music programming at Stapleford Granary. They met as students at the Royal Northern College of Music and both have long established performing careers. Kate, who is also the CEO of Stapleford Granary, has given over 150 world premieres as chamber musician and soloist and her recordings are broadcast on UK and international radio. Her recordings include award-winning albums of 20th century solo clarinet repertoire and chamber music or NMC and Metier. Ian is a concerto soloist and orchestral pianist and has longstanding associations with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the John Wilson Orchestra.  Committed to contemporary music, he has been the pianist in Ensemble 10/10 since the groups inception in 1997 and he pursues his passion for adventurous and innovative programming as Artistic Director of Pixels Ensemble.  His two most recent albums are an acclaimed disc of Montgeroult and Viotti sonatas with violinist Sophie Rosa and Dream Valley EP which was a five-star BBC Music Magazine Album of the Month in December 2021.


Their programme is a selection of works they love by composers they admire. Elizabeth Maconchy's Fantasia is a compressed microcosm of her earthy, aquatic soundworlds. Angela Morley's Harlequin has all the trademark instant appeal of her hugely successful film music. Richard Rodney Bennett's Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn is a mellifluous, jazz-infused tribute to the American ballad singer; and Edward German's gentle Romance is a perfectly balanced gem from a master of English light music. The programme opens with Brahms' Sonata in E flat, one of the finest and best-loved works in the repertoire for clarinet and piano.



Covid-19 and concerts

In line with the most up-to-date guidance Public Health for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, we:

  • clean all surfaces that people touch regularly and keep hand sanitizer around the site
  • ensure air flow remains good around the building (we have a highly efficient air extraction system in the concert hall)  
  • advise all ticket holders to take a lateral flow test before coming to an event at the Granary and insist that staff and visitors who are unwell do not attend the venue

Face coverings are currently not compulsory, but if the guidance changes we will communicate this to ticket holders