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Byline: Tony Pogson ,

One of the great violists and musicians of modern times, a clarinetist to be treasured and a pianist whose previous visits have left no-one in doubt as to his ability ... the next Huddersfield Music Society concert promises to be more than a little special.

Alan Hacker (clarinet) Rivka Golani (viola) and Ben Frith (piano) will be at St Paul's Hall on Monday at 7.30pm.

They will play Fairy Tales for clarinet trio by Schumann, Three Pieces for clarinet trio by Max Bruch, Hindemith's Viola Sonata op 11 no 4 and Mozart's Trio in E flat K498 (Kegelstatt).

By any standards, Rivka Golani is one of the great violists and musicians of modern times.

Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have ensured she will go down in history. Her work has inspired many composers - more than 215 pieces have been written for her (including more than 50 concertos) - a record matched by no other violist in history.

Alan Hacker has an international reputation as a champion of new music and as a pioneer of classical and baroque practice.

In the Sixties he was the founder with Birtwistle of the Pierrot Players; in the Seventies, Matrix and The Fires of London - and the Music Party, the first group to use original classical instruments (not copies).

It ws an idea he took with him to York - he was a senior lecturer at the University of York and founder of the York Early Music Festival and the Classical Orchestra.

He was the British player who restored the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Quintet to their original form, playing on his extended basset clarinet - also used by his friend Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Carl Davis, Henry Mancini and others.

He and his wife Margaret have open house for courses and teaching both professionals and amateurs in Broughton, North Yorkshire.

Finally, there's Sheffield-based pianist Benjamin Frith, prize-winning student of the redoubtable Fanny Waterman, and a musician who keeps getting invited back by the Music Society and by Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra.

His competition triumphs include the Mozart Memorial Prize in 1978 and 11 years later the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition.

His speciality is late classical and early romantic music and his talents have taken him far and wide across Europe, America and the Far and Middle East.

Tickets from the Albion Street information centre in Huddersfield.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2005
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