Alexandra will enrapture the audience with this thrilling programme including some of the great masterpieces for solo piano, culminating in Beethoven’s iconic ‘Moonlight’ Sonata.
This concert is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
After the interval…we returned to Enescu to hear the Suite for Piano no.1 in G minor op. 3. This is a four movement suite, well contrasted and needing a strong technique as well as musicianship. This work, as with the earlier Enescu, was performed with great authority and power and the Society should feel privileged to be presenting a First Performance [in Sunderland] of such good works.Lily Scott reviewing a recital by Alexandra Vaduva for Sunderland Pianoforte Society
The Countess of Munster Musical Trust
The Countess of Munster Musical Trust helps young musicians achieve their full potential towards securing careers as performers. Its Recital Scheme offers sponsorship for recitals at selected music clubs around the country.
The trust was founded in 1958 by Hilary, Countess of Munster. The origins of the trust and particularly Hilary's family history are quite fascinating, not least because of their connections to this area. Born Hilary Wilson, Lady Munster was the great-great-granddaughter of David Wilson, a Humber lighterman who had ten children. His youngest, Thomas, grew up to found the Wilson shipping line in Hull. Thomas and his wife gave birth to 15 children, the youngest of whom, Arthur, built Tranby Croft and was involved in the infamous baccarat scandal there. One of Arthur's sons, Edward inherited the family shipping business. Hilary was his daughter. The story continues on the Munster Trust website:
Hilary was a shy, retiring child with a passion for music and a devotion to the piano. Although custom of the day precluded entry to music college, her talent was such that the great Solomon accepted her for private study. She gave many private recitals and, during the First World War, played to the wounded in hospitals. In 1928 she married Sir Geoffrey FitzClarence who in the same year inherited his uncle’s title of 5th Earl of Munster.
Over the years, Lady Munster continued to perform in hospitals and at schools and her home at Bletchingley in Surrey was a hub of musical activity. She was a great patron of many professional musicians of the day. Perhaps due to the fact that her marriage was childless, she took a particular interest in young performers and, with the support of her close friend, Gerald Coke, a financier and supporter of music, the idea of putting her help on to an enduring and practical basis was conceived with the founding in 1958 of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Lady Munster died in 1979, but the work of the trust continues.
This account can be read in full at www.munstertrust.org.uk/history