THE SOCIETY'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 7.30pm
St Mary's Creative Space
A 75th Anniversary Showcase Concert

Students of John Gough present a recital of piano music.
Featuring Matthew Lau and Rufus Edwards

Rufus Edwards is currently studying for A levels in English literature, history, politics and music at Coleg Cambria, in Wrexham. Outside of college, last year he completed the DipABRSM diploma, achieving a distinction. In 2019, he won the Blue Riband prize at the National Eisteddfod, and earlier this year he won the instrumental prizes in both Eisteddfod T and Eisteddfod  Amgen, as well as frequently competing and performing elsewhere. He particularly enjoys playing 20th century and contemporary music.  Rufus also plays the clarinet and accompanies two Wrexham-based choirs.

As a soloist, Matthew Lau has enjoyed playing in various concerts and recitals, such as the Chester Lunchtime Concert Series at Wesley Church, Ealing St Barnabas Church Friday concert series and the Leigh Music Society. During his time at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, he had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of performances, including the RNCM Keyboard Day, informal and formal lunchtime concerts. As well as concerts, Matthew enjoys taking part in competitions. In 2018, Matthew represented the JRNCM in the Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano competition and was awarded 1st place, becoming the first winner of the competition from the Junior RNCM.

After completing four years at the JRNCM, Matthew continued his passion for music performance and RNCM studied on the BMus Intensive pathway. Having graduated in 2021, he has returned to the RNCM to study his Masters. During his time studying, Matthew has had the pleasure of playing to established artists,such as Kathryn Stott, Pascal Rage and Trio Gaspard.