A classical music concert was held in the north of the island in honor of two loyal members of the Ramsey Music Society.
The evening featured music performed by the great Polish concert pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz.
The concert was held in memory of Joan Murray and Sydney Armstrong, two dedicated members of the musical society.
Ms. Fiderkiewicz entertained the assembled audience, showcasing her musical virtuosity.
Originally from Warsaw, at only seven years old, Ms Fiderkiewicz entered the Karol Szymanowski Music School in Warsaw and began to study piano in the class of Professor Krystyna Bocianowska.
At the age of nine, she was accepted into the Central Music School attached to the Moscow Conservatory.
She is a renowned pianist, who has won the Polish national Bach and Beethoven competitions and the Chopin scholarship for four consecutive years.
She has performed with internationally renowned orchestras such as The Halle, Da Camera, Manchester Camerata, Milan’s La Scala and Warsaw National Philharmonic, and has performed on stages around the world.
Anne Davis, who attended the concert at the Ramsey Grammar School West Building, said: âIn the early 1960s we would have been sitting cross-legged for our daily half-hour assembly, but on this occasion the seats were a bit more comfortable and I was here attending a piano recital in memory of a family friend.
âBefore their deaths, Joan Murray and former local pharmacist Sydney Armstrong had been loyal members of the Ramsey Music Society for many years.
âThe organization, along with their respective families, had organized a special concert to celebrate their life and contribution to what was originally called the Ramsey Grammar School Music Club.
“The guest pianist for the evening was Alicja Fiderkiewicz, who is not only a world-renowned musician, but a step-relative of the Murray family.”
The evening was introduced by President Leonard Singer, and Ms Murray’s daughter Christine Logworth was in attendance with her husband Duncan and son Peter.
Mr. Armstrong’s daughter, Gill, was unable to attend the party due to health issues.
Ms Davis said: “Leonard also spoke on behalf of Gill Armstrong. He sent her his best wishes, saying how thrilled his father would have been with the concert and how much he and his late wife Beryl had loved the moments they had. spent with Alicia during her many visits to the island.
âBefore members and guests enjoyed her incredible performance, Alicja, a former student of the Royal Northern College of Music, spoke about her introduction to the Isle of Man and the close bond that has formed with the two families.
âShe had become a strong friend with Joan and her late husband Bill, spending wonderful times at their home in Ballure, Ramsey.
âOnce she even brought her cat home for Christmas. She recalled vacations and musical evenings shared with the Murrays and Armstrongs.
“Her choice of music for the concert,” she said, “reflected some of Joan and Sydney’s particularly favorite pieces.”