Russian Concert Pianist Polina Gerasimenko and Cellist Alan Brett will give a recital of music which spans three centuries and three styles on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2011 at 6.00 pm in St Mary & St Giles Church, Stony Stratford.
Their programme includes music by Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel and the concert promises to be a virtuoso musical treat. Polina was born and educated in Russia where she graduated with distinction from the Saratov State Conservatoire of Music. She has performed at many events either as a soloist or chamber musician. Amongst her awards are two prizes of the South Russia Chamber Music Competition and Diploma of the Moscow International Piano Competition "In memory of P.Tchaikovsky". Alan was born in London and has taught and played cello around the world, including at California State University. He has performed at many music festivals and was awarded the Kranichsteiner Prize for interpretation at the Darmstadt International Ferienkurse in Germany.
Polina will play the baby Grand Piano which the organ fund group bought for the church during 2010 from funds raised at the popular Saturday morning 'Musical Bite Coffee mornings'.
Their concert is preceded by delicious Cream Teas from 3.30 pm in the church which will be served by the organ fund team and friends. There will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert for the Pipe organ fund refurbishment. The first phase of the refurbishment - the console restoration - is being completed in July 2011, with the remainder of the work scheduled for 2013, so Polina and Alan's concert is a very welcome contribution to the organ fundraising.