The 2017/18 Hornsea Music Society concert season begins in September with two talented musicians. Graziana Presicce and Rae Todd are planning a varied evening of works for clarinet and solo piano. Many people will remember them from their previous visits to the town, as they are both members of the New International Chamber Ensemble (NICE), who played for the Society’s concert in November last year. Graziana has also played in Hornsea in a solo concert. Both of the players are PhD students at the University of Hull. Rae is from Lincolnshire. He is Principal Clarinettist of the University of Hull Camerata, and specialises in clarinet performance. He has also performed with Ventnor String Quartet. He is researching the processes involved within ensemble music rehearsals. Graziana graduated in 2012 with a First Class BA Music Degree at the University of Hull, where she was awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Music Scholarship and Special Prize in Music. Graziana’s doctoral research, also explored through her performance activities, investigates listeners’ responses to classical piano music with a focus on visual imagery. Recent engagements also include what is believed to be the recorded premiere of works by the Hull-born composer Ethel Leginska, performed with Baritone Lee Tsang as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017. Society Chairman Roberta Loades says, “We are so pleased that Graziana and Rae could come to give this concert. Graziana’s solo concert was a real treat, and the NICE concert last season was very popular, so we know this will get the season off to a good start. It is also a good way of keeping in touch with NICE, who are coming back to play for the March concert.” Secretary Ruby Seager said “This is a wonderful way to start our new season. We have a new President, Marilynne Davies, to keep us on track and we have a lovely concert from these two charming young people to look forward to.” Why not put Saturday 16th September in your diary? Come along at 7.30 and see if Roberta and Ruby are right. Hornsea Music Society believe that it is important for live classical music to be available in the town, and tries to get the best talent to enhance the cultural life of the town. Many of the musicians who play at these regular concerts comment that Hornsea is very lucky to be one of a dwindling number of towns that still has a music society organising events. Come along to the Hornsea United Reformed Church at 7.30 on 16th September. Tickets are £10 each, and are available from The Town House, Newbegin, Hornsea, or from Roberta Loades on 07816 863222. Alternatively, if you want to hear more than just this concert, you could support the work of the Society by becoming a member and get a season ticket for all 6 concerts for £40. Joint membership for two adults at the same address is £78. Accompanied children are admitted to concerts free of charge. Visit the society’s website at www.hornseamusic.com for more details.