Ackworth Concert Society | Classical Music Yorkshire

The aim of the Ackworth Concert Society is to provide high quality concerts and avoid the need to travel to major cities and pay higher prices to enjoy the experience. Our concerts are open to all and we particularly welcome children and people(under 18) who are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Classical Music Recitals are organised throughout the Yorkshire and Pontefract areas. Browse the site for upcoming dates.

"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art."

Next Event

11th Nov 2017, 19:30Venue: The Music Centre , Ackworth SchoolAckworth School, Ackworth, Pontefract. WF7 7LT
Programme: Andrew Garrido - Piano

Andrew Garrido, 18, having completed two years at the prestigious Purcell School of Music and will be studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama from September 2017.

At the age of 11 Andrew had his first piano lesson and quickly developed a passion for classical music. He achieved Grade 8 with Distinction in less than five years. This is particularly impressive as Andrew did not have a piano at home on which to practice.

How he began ...

Lacking funds for piano lessons, Andrew drew all 88 piano keys onto A4 sheets of paper and stuck them to the computer desk; this was the 'keyboard' he used to follow an online piano and music theory course on YouTube, for four and a half months.

Experience to date ...

Having achieved Grade 8 (in under 5 years, passing all his Grades with Distinction), Andrew was introduced to Marc Corbett-Weaver, with whom he studied prior to joining The Purcell School.

Andrew began to study with Danielle Salamon upon his entrance to the Purcell School in September 2015, where he was awarded the Senior Piano Prize and Senior Academic Music Prize in 2017.

Andrew obtained a Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL), a QCF Level 6 Qualification, in August 2017.

He has organised and performed three full-length solo recitals to date, to fund his musical tuition and the purchase of the piano that he now owns, as he had not had a piano at home until August 2015. 

Andrew has also enjoyed playing at a variety of other musical performances, charity events, and festivals, and has seen success at the Sutton Music Festival 2014 and the North London Music Festival 2016. Andrew has been fortunate enough to perform in such venues as the Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, the Ledger Recital Room at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Milton Court in Barbican, St James' Church in Paddington, the Secombe Theatre in Sutton, and Fairfield Halls in Croydon, as well as record at Abbey Road Studios. Andrew has benefitted from masterclasses with Nataša Lipovšek, Jonathan Plowright, Aaron Shorr, Fali Pavri, Robert Markham, Iain Burnside, Justas Dvarionas, and Dmitri Alexeev. He also has a great interest in improvisation, following courses with David Gordon and John Sweeney, as well as harmony, counterpoint, and music in society. Andrew’s chromesthesia, otherwise known as sound-colour synesthesia, allows him to perceive colours as he listens to or plays music, thus guiding his interpretations.


The next stage of his journey ...

Andrew accepted his offer to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Charles Owen from September 2017, turning down the opportunity to read music at Oxford University. Let's see where his musical journey will take him ...


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