Exciting line-up for this year’s Sunday Series

The all-female Pav�o String Quartet.
The all-female Pav�o String Quartet.
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NOW in its 19th year, the 2012 Harrogate International Festivals’ Sunday Series will see the magnificent Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate welcome some of the brightest stars on the classical music scene.

The season starts with two sensational performances; firstly from internationally renowned pianist and Festival favourite Artur Pizarro, who will appear on Sunday, January 22, then followed by the Pavão String Quartet, the ensemble to ‘offer classical music a dynamic future’, on Sunday, February 5.

Artur Pizarro’s recital promises the perfect start to the New Year, presenting a thrilling programme of music from Chopin’s ‘miniature masterpieces’ to the grand splendour of Wagner, Liszt and Rachmaninov. After winning first place at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 1990, Pizarro has since taken the world by storm with his breath-taking performances.

The all-female Pavão String Quartet have rapidly established themselves as one of the most exciting young string quartets in the UK.

This versatile ensemble is not only highly-regarded in classical concert venues, but has enjoyed collaborations with renowned rock, pop and jazz artists, a contemporary dance company, and have even recorded music for the X-Factor!

The full season line-up is completed with performances from; pianist Martin Roscoe, one of Britain’s most prolific recitalists; Julian Bliss, alumni of the Festivals’ Young Musician Series; and draws to a close with one of Britain’s foremost cellists, Paul Watkins.

Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of the Harrogate International Festivals, said: “We’re extremely proud to be maintaining the reputation and tradition of the Sunday Series with some of the finest talents at work today coming to Harrogate in 2012.”

l Tickets for the series are on sale directly from the Festival Office. Harrogate International Sunday Series tickets can be booked by phone on 01423 562303, by email on: info@harrogate-festival.org.uk or in person by visiting the office situated at Raglan House, Raglan Street, Harrogate, HG1 1LE.

l Booking Forms are also available to download from the Festival website: www.harrogate-festival.org.uk