Concert: Cellist Christopher Murray

Leading cellist Christopher Murray, who plays in major concert venues worldwide, is to perform in North Shields in January.

Christopher, a member of the internationally recognised Heath Quartet, will play at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields Fish Quay on Friday 27 January at 7.30pm. He will be accompanied on the piano by his father, David Murray, from Monkseaton, who is recognised as one of the North East’s most acclaimed pianists.

The programme will include a varied repertoire and tickets at £15pp can be booked above.

Prior to the concert starting, at 6.45pm, Christopher and David will talk about some of the pieces they will be performing.

Christopher, who is based in London, was awarded the Barbirolli Prize at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he also appeared as concerto soloist. He has also received awards from The Royal Philharmonic Society, GRAMOPHONE, Limelight Magazine, The BBT Trust, and many others.

He is in demand as a teacher and is a member of the Strings Faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In his spare time, he is a keen yachtsman.

David is in constant demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber music partner, having accompanied top musicians in recitals all over the world. He is also well known as a choral trainer and conductor and is permanent conductor of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society and Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus.

The concert is the second in a programme of chamber concerts at the Old Low Light organised by David and his wife Jennifer, an accomplished clarinettist.

David said: “It is a great pleasure for us to bring first rate chamber musicians to such a lovely community venue as the Old Low Light. We hope this is making chamber music more accessible to local people by providing it on their doorstep.”

Guy Moody, centre director at the Old Low Light said: “We are delighted to host concerts by such acclaimed musicians and are very grateful to David and Jennifer for supporting us in this way.”

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