Jonathan Plowright, Funtington Music Group

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International concert pianist Jonathan Plowright was the sole performer at the Funtington Music Group concert on 12 November at the University of Chichester.

His introductory piece was Bach’s French Suite No 5 in G. Every movement was played with emotional simplicity and directness, showing a feat of musicianship that was beautifully embroidered and played with pinprick accuracy. Jonathan Plowright maintained this stunning clarity even in the tidal surge of the finale.

After a short contrasting piece by the Spanish composer Mompou, and two pieces by Chopin, the first half closed with a stunning performance of Brahms Variations on a Hungarian Melody Opus 21, No 2. In this performance the pianist allowed the music to unfold with a certain natural inevitability, maintaining a clarity of purpose as it moved towards the finale, with its crescendos that require playing of jewel-like vibrancy.

After a return to the 18th Century with a fun performance of Mozart, Jonathan Plowright chose the penultimate piece written by Brahms, Opus 118 Six Pieces. He caught to perfection the confident vibrancy and mood of these six pieces from the Romantic Era.

The concluding piece was Polonaise in Ab Major, Opus 53, a most suitable, well-known and timeless masterpiece. It requires strenuous physical proficiency, and absolute accurate dexterity. Jonathan Plowright performed at the highest level and David Tinsley, Chairman of the Funtington Music Group said, “It is wonderful to witness the playing of Jonathan Plowright, who achieves, with apparent ease, such miraculous performances. It was a most memorable evening.”

Further details of the Funtington Music Group can be obtained from the Membership Secretary, Mrs Elizabeth Brooks, on 01243 378900.

Chris Linford