Peter Donohoe is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique, and we are delighted to have him as Patron of Churchill Music. He writes:
“Churchill Music’s role, within the local community, and as an example to other organisations nationwide, is two-fold.
Firstly, and in some ways most importantly, it leads the way in re-establishing awareness of the importance of music in education. The degree to which music can assist with the assimilation of literally all other subjects because of the way it enhances brain activity, has been ignored by the educational establishment for far too long; we need to be very thankful that there are oases of wider awareness – of which Churchill Music is one of the most impressive I know – that are slowly but successfully changing the tide.
The latest Churchill Music project in this direction is the ‘Power of Music’, piloted in conjunction with University of the West of England, to be launched in local schools this autumn. It aims to demonstrate how music can affect the way we feel, how it influences us already, how it could be used to help manage difficult feelings within a school setting and change or encourage a different mood.
As a counterpart to this, Churchill Music is heavily involved with promoting educational workshops in schools throughout the area, and no one could be more indebted to music workshops in schools than those who go on to become leading lights professionally – whether their careers lie in music or not.
Secondly, Churchill Music provides a platform for major young talent. As a great example of this, during the coming season cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – voted BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016 – will perform for Churchill Music with his pianist sister, Isata – also a finalist in the keyboard section of the 2014 competition.
This coming season includes a special project of my own – four concerts devoted to the seminal and extraordinarily diverse and continuously and joyfully inventive complete piano sonatas of Mozart. This is an area of repertoire that influenced, and possibly even formed the history of classical music ever since it was written, and the opportunity to hear them all together is not to be missed – that opportunity is almost as rewarding as the opportunity for me to present this incredible music to you!
The concerts are held in an excellent venue, and given by a choice of artists that is on the highest level, and are supported by an increasingly committed audience. Please be part of that wonderful surge of interest in great music.
The people of Churchill and the surrounding areas are rightly and increasingly proud of what they have in this beautiful part of England. I am very proud and honoured to be associated with this progressive organisation.”