Musical showcase at North Shields heritage centre

A Monkseaton couple are heading to a heritage centre for a series of concerts over the next six months.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 10:44 am
The Old Low Lights Heritage Centre, on North Shields Fish Quay.

Classical musicians David and Jennifer Murray are returning to the Old Low Light Heritage Centre, on North Shields Fish Quay, with five chamber music concerts.

They will be joined by friends Jill and Martin Hughes for the first concert, Quartetto Due Famiglie, on Friday at 7.30pm.

The four friends, who met more than 40 years ago while studying at the Royal College of Music, will present two hours of classical music including works by Mozart, Elgar, Schumann and Ibert.

Tickets costing £12 (£10 for Old Low Light members) are on sale at the heritage centre via (0191) 257 4506.

David, who is head of keyboard studies at Newcastle University, is recognised as one of the most acclaimed pianists in the North East and is well known as a choral trainer and conductor. He played for many years with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Jennifer was previously head of woodwind at Newcastle University and is an accomplished clarinettist.

Martin, a renowned violinist, has spent much of his playing career with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His wife Jill is an accomplished flautist.

Jennifer said: “David and I always wanted to bring live chamber music to the coast and two years ago had the first series of concerts at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre.

“The concerts were popular and the centre is a great venue. We are now looking forward to our third series there in the coming months.”

Their other four concerts this year at the Old Low Light will be the Pepusch Trio on March 20, Stars of the Future on April 24, the James Birkett and Bradley Johnston Guitar Duo on May 22, and a Celebrity Concert given by virtuoso violinist Bradley Creswick on June 26.