ASSEMBLY HALL, WORTHING
Sunday 4th September 2022 at 2.45pm
Rossini Overture William Tell
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘New World’
Soloist: JENEBA KANNEH-MASON (piano)
Conductor: JOHN GIBBONS
Leader: JULIAN LEAPER
The opening concert of WSO’s 2022/23 Season welcomes the fourth member of the hugely talented Kanneh-Mason family, to the Assembly Hall stage. Previous concerts have features brothers Sheku and Braimah as well as sister Isata, and WSO is delighted on this occasion to welcome Jeneba.
She plays Rachmaninoff’s ever popular Second Piano Concerto - a work synonymous with David Lean’s classic 1945 film ‘Brief Encounter’ and one which magically combines intense romantic lyricism with pianistic virtuosity and brilliant orchestral colours.
The season opens with the overture to Rossini’s last opera William Tell. The overture is more akin to a symphonic poem with the skilled depiction of shepherds calling across the mountains to each other and a rip-roaring finale popularly known as ‘The Lone Ranger’.
Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” reflects both on his time in America but also on his nostalgic feelings for his beloved Czech homeland. It includes one of his most beautiful slow movements, known by many for its use in a famous Hovis Bread advert.
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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is nineteen years old and holds the Victoria Robey Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, studying piano with Vanessa Latarche.
Jeneba was a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018, winner of the Murs du Son Prize at the Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in France, 2014, and The Nottingham Young Musician 2013. She was also winner of the Iris Dyer Piano Prize at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, where she studied with Patsy Toh. She has played numerous concerts in England, Wales, Paris and the Caribbean, as a recital and concerto soloist and as a chamber musician.
She has performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1, Ravel’s Piano Concerto, Saint-Saens Concerto No 2, Mozart K414, and Florence Price, Piano Concerto in One Movement with Chineke! Orchestra at both The Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall, where she made her BBC Proms concerto debut in 2021. In 21/22, She will also perform with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, the Sinfonia Viva for the New Year Gala, as well as record with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Draper’s Hall and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, as well as at the Lenzburgiade, Cheltenham and Lamberhurst Festivals In 2022,
Jeneba has appeared on several television and radio programmes, including Radio 3, In Tune, The BAFTAs, The Royal Variety Performance, the documentary for BBC4, Young, Gifted and Classical, and the Imagine documentary for BBC1, This House is Full of Music. She has recorded for the album, Carnival, with Decca Classics.