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Friday 13 September, 7:45pm


Doors & bar 6:00pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval

Tickets £24 / £12 (under 25)

Pre-concert food will be available to purchase. Ticket holders will be sent an email a week before the date of the concert with details of the menu and information on ordering. 


Jonathan Gunthorpe, reader | Ian Buckle, piano


The poetry of Philip Larkin is much loved for its piquant mix of lyricism and discontent. 40 years after his death, Larkin's darkly humorous view of human foibles and failings has lost none of its power to provoke and delight. Its bittersweet and nostalgic qualities are present in the English piano literature by the poet's contemporaries, and Ian Buckle's programme intersperses a selection of piano miniatures with Jonathan Gunthorpe’s reading of the poetry to evoke a view of England created by one of the country's leading post-war writers. Poems include An Arundel Tomb, Toads, Dockery and SonAubade and Church Going; with music by Frank Bridge, Benjamin Britten, Eric Coates, John Ireland and others.

Jonathan Gunthorpe has an extensive international performance and recording career as an opera, concert, recital and choral singer and is a gifted narrator. He has performed as a soloist at venues across the world including the Royal Opera House, La Monnaie, La Scala, Théâtre du Châtelet, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and in Los Angeles, Guangzhou and Beijing. He studied English and Russian at Leeds University, and undertook post graduate studies in music at Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He is currently Associate Head of Vocal and Operatic Studies tat the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 


Ian Buckle is a soloist and chamber musician, 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 group’s inception in 1997; and he is the founder and Artistic Director of Pixels Ensemble. His recordings include acclaimed discs of music by Montgeroult, Viotti, Schoenberg, Schumann and Silvestrov with violinist Sophie Rosa, sonatas and piano pieces by Debussy, and a recital of songs by Stephen Wilkinson.