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Next concert: Saturday, 5th November 2022
Alderley Edge Festival Hall
HARTY A Comedy Overture

MENDELSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor
Soloist: 
KIANA CHAN

STANFORD Symphony No 3 in F minor (‘Irish’)

Conductor
RICHARD HOWARTH
Tickets: Adult  £15; Under 18: £2
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Kiana Chan is soloist in  Mendelssohn’s lyrical Violin Concerto in E minor. One of the most popular concertos in the repertoire, it started to take shape in 1838 but it took Mendelssohn another six years to complete it. In that time, he managed to produce an entire symphony: Symphony No 3, the ‘Scottish’ Symphony. Mendelssohn dedicated the concerto to his childhood friend Ferdinand David, leader of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

The concert opens with Hamilton Harty’s Comedy Overture. Composed in 1906 and first performed at a Queen’s Hall Promenade Concert in 1907, this one of the works which brought Harty to wider notice as a composer.

The ‘Irish’ Symphony by Charles Villiers Stanford was completed in 1887. It enjoyed immediate and widespread success, continuing to be played well into the twentieth century. The ‘Irish’ subtitle indicates its frequent deployment of folk-tunes as melodic material, although the work never strays far from the Austro-German symphonic tradition.

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Hong Kong-born violinist Kiana Chan is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London for a Bachelor of Performance with Professor Jiafeng Chen, where she is a Sergei Kojine Award Holder, supported by the Noel Croucher Scholarship.

In 2021, Kiana and her quartet was awarded second prize in the 5th International Young Musicians Chamber Ensemble Competition, ‘Spring Sonata’, by performing ’Death and the Maiden’, first movement by Schubert.

Kiana has also performed as a soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic in 2014, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra in 2015 and the Shanghai Baroque Orchestra in 2016, which were held as concerts to raise funds for charities.

In addition to playing as a soloist, Kiana has also performed as part of orchestras and chamber ensembles, starting from a young age.
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