Hugh Mackay

Thursday, 22nd June – 7.30pm
Crediton Parish Church
Refreshments available

Hugh Mackay (‘Cello)
Michael Pandya (Pianoforte)

Hugh Mackay (violoncello)

Scottish cellist Hugh Mackay is an exciting, versatile young artist whose musical life is denoted by an eclectic range of performing styles, repertoire, and collaborations. He has performed in many leading venues in the UK and abroad, including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Konzerthaus Dortmund, and the Palace of Versailles.

In 2022, Hugh was awarded the Suggia Gift from Help Musicians UK, a biennial prize given to an outstanding young cellist in the UK. As a scholarship holder with the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund, Hugh made his professional concerto debut with the Bremer Philharmoniker under the direction of their chief conductor Marko Letonja, with highly acclaimed performances in Die Glocke Bremen and the Konzerthaus Dortmund in 2021. An avid chamber musician, Hugh collaborated with leading violist Lawrence Power as a member of Collegium for his Wigmore Hall Residency and at the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival.

Michael Pandya (pianoforte)

A former young artist at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Michael has appeared in performance alongside many high-calibre musicians and across the UK, in Europe and in the USA. He has also been awarded accompaniment prizes at the Gerald Moore Award, Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Bayerische Staatsoper, Fundaçion Juan March Madrid, KlavierFestRuhr, Jübiläums Festival Munich, Oxford Lieder Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Royal Overseas-League London, Hinchingbrooke Bösendorfer Series, the Barbican Hall, Leeds Lieder Festival, and several live performances on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Michael is a Samling Artist, as well as being a regular pianist for the Samling Academy. He has given recitals for the Park Lane Group, the Concordia Foundation and City Music Foundation, and has received the Graham Johnson Fellowship at SongFest, Los Angeles.

Also an experienced vocal coach and repetiteur, Michael works as a pianist and coach at the Royal College of Music, as well as being regularly employed by the International Meistersinger Akademie and the Georg Solti Accademia.

In 2022 Michael was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Formerly Michael studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music and University of Oxford. Teachers have included Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Michael Dussek, James Baillieu, Ian Brown, Caroline Palmer and Sholto Kynoch.


LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854 – 1928):
Pohádke (Fairy Tale)

CLARA SCHUMANN (1819 – 1896):
Three Romances Op.22

Andante molto
Leidenschaftlich schnell

LUDWIG Van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827):
Seven Variations in E flat major on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, WoO46

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 – 1897):
‘Cello Sonata no. 2 in F major Op.99

Allegro vivace
Adagio affettuoso
Allegro passionato
Allegro molto