The Hornsea Music Society gets back onto more familiar territory in January, after an excursion into the world of musical theatre in November and the usual Christmas break. The first event is on Saturday 6th January, with the New Year party at St. Nicholas Parish Church Hall, Newbegin, Hornsea. Both members and non-members are welcome to join in this social evening, which will include musical entertainment, a raffle. Last year the Society’s legendary sumptuous buffet was replaced with hot food. This experiment was successful, and so hot food will be on the menu again this year. Admission is £6, and doors open at 7 for 7.30pm. That event is closely followed by the January concert, when Catherine Strachan will play cello, with David Hammond on the piano. Catherine Strachan was born in Aberdeen. She studied modern and baroque cello at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of York. She has performed with several period instrument ensembles, such as La Serenissima, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Ludus Baroque, and worked as a freelance cellist with various groups around the UK. Catherine teaches cello and violin (and occasionally viola and double bass) in York, and is also a tutor at the Saturday Music School of Leeds College of Music. Catherine and David have been playing together since they met at the University of York in 2001, and they have given several recitals in York, Chesterfield and Rochdale as well as performing at Castle Howard. David Hammond has been working in York as a musician since graduating from the University of York in 2002, where he studied piano with Liz Haddon. His career has taken him to all sorts of varied places, such as Castle Howard, Fibbers, the Royal Festival Hall and Leeds College of Music. Much of his work involves accompanying soloists and groups on the piano, including concert work, exams and university assessments. Groups include the South Bank Singers, the Sounds Fun choir, York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir and Fiddlers Wreck ceilidh band. He is a regular musician at the Unitarian Chapel in York. Aside from this he has run workshops in Javanese Gamelan in conjunction with the University of York, been musical director for the Flying Ducks Youth Theatre in Haxby and sings with the Clerkes of All Saints, a local liturgical choir. The concert is on Saturday 20th January, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each, and are available from The Town House in Newbegin, Hornsea, or the Tourist Information Centre in Beverley. Accompanied children are admitted free of charge.