CONCERT REVIEW: Pianist to set sails of Windmill off on its next, 50-year rotation

Japanese-born pianist Haruko Seki opens the 51st new season of Windmill Studio Concerts in Swineshead on Friday, October 14.
Japanese-born pianist Haruko Seki opens the 51st new season of Windmill Studio Concerts in Swineshead on Friday, October 14.

Haruko Seki (Piano), Windmill Studio Concerts, Swineshead, Friday, October 14

A classical experience started by retired music teacher Bettina Houlder to provide musical masterpieces for her students, free of charge, starts its 51st season next week.

The Windmill Studio Concerts, five set-piece recitals over a seven-month period, turns for its 2016-17 season inside Bettina’s home in Swineshead where Japanese-born pianist Haruko Seki will perform on Friday, October 14 at 7.30pm.

An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where Bettina studied music in the early 1950s, Haruki gained a degree in English literature before coming to the UK more than 25 years ago.

According to her website, Haruki’s desire is to “pursue projects which draw together influences from the East and West in both music and poetry”.

Winner of the First Prize at the St Charles Illinois (USA) International Piano Competition in 1997, Haruko made her London performance debut in 1985 and has also played around Britain, Germany and Japan, including works by Chopin, Saint-Saens, George Gershwin and Scott Joplin.

It is Haruki’s third appearance at the Windmill Studio Concerts and for more details, you can call Bettina Houlder on 01205 820246.

Future recitals feature Turkish pianist Deniz Gelenbe and Michael Bochmann (violin) on November 11, with a succession of Windmill favourites coming back to perform in 2017.

Pianists Anne Aplin and Geoffrey Pratley come to Swineshead on February 10, The Globe Ensemble (viola player Shiry Rashkovsky, harpist Valeria Kurbatova and flautist Luce Zurita) on March 10 and Cambridgeshire-based pianist Vivian Choi on April 7.

Preview by Winston Brown