Star performer launches season

MATLOCK Music’s new series of public classical music concerts gets off to an exciting start with the appearance of Emma Johnson on October 7.

Emma Johnson first shot to fame as the winner of BBC TV’s Young Musician of the Year in 1984.

Readers of a certain age will remember the event if they were watching as Emma’s amazing technique and infectious joie de vivre overwhelmed both the judges and the audience.

Emma Johnon is one of the few clarinettists to have established an international career as a soloist.

She has performed across the UK, Europe, the USA, the Far East, Africa and Australia, appearing with many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Halle, Tokyo Philharmonic and Salzburg Camerata.

She has recorded over 20 CDs and her sales have passed over half a million worldwide. Emma Johnson was awarded an MBE for services to music in 1996.

BBC Music Magazine described her as England’s best loved clarinet player.

Emma Johnson will be accompanied by the young British pianist Anthony Hewitt for Matlock Music concert. Their performanc will include works by Debussy, Schumann, Weber, Poulenc, Johnson, Elgar, Chopin and Gershwin.

Early booking is strongly advised. Advance tickets are available from Reams Stationery, Crown Square, Matlock, and online at www.wegottickets.com .

Tickets are £14. Under 18s, students and registered jobseekers pay half-price. All seats are unreserved. The concert is on Friday, October 7, at the Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale, off the Chesterfield Road, Matlock, starting at 7.30pm. There is ample parking at the school.

Further information is available from Anne Oldfield on 01629 733296 or from the website www.matlockmusic.org.uk.