Pianists Lynn Arnold and Charles Matthews have performed as a duet across England for some years and individually on an international basis. Nurturing their great zeal for the piano duet idiom, they have explored and performed much of the core repertoire for this ensemble in terms of both original compositions and indeed transcriptions. A mutual passion for English music features significantly in their choice of repertoire, performing the complete works for piano duet by York Bowen, as well as works by Holst, Delius, Quilter and other composers active in the early twentieth century. Charles and Lynn are also keen to promote more recent British works, such as those by Maconchy (1967), Francis Routh (1991) and John Rushby-Smith (1994). Charles and Lynn both accompany and teach at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Junior Department, Royal Academy of Music respectively and support the charity Music in Hospitals and Care, "bringing joy to those in need through live music."
"The Society’s year started in brilliant form at our concert in the Methodist Church on 19th January when we were treated to what can only be described as virtuoso performances from Charles Matthews and Lynn Arnold. It may have been a cold evening outside, but inside the air was warmed by some outstanding playing by two popular local pianists... To say it was a brilliant performance is an understatement, and we were all mesmerised as the music...was played to such great effect, showing perfect synchronisation between the two performers. After a joyous encore, audience
members rose to their feet to show their appreciation for a really enjoyable evening of music."
Shipston Music Society Report
Photos: E. Mountford