The Cathedral is delighted to host 'Húdié Duo’, a free recital by English born William Cuthbertson (piano), now resident in Germany, and his sister Fiona ("Fiona of the seals") Middleton (violin, vocals).
The duo will play a colourful mixture of classical pieces including ....
and some of their own compositions.
We are delighted to welcome them from Germany as part of their concert tour of England and Scotland.
Admission to the Cathedral and the concert is FREE. Car parking is pay on exit.
William Cuthbertson - background
Born in England, William was educated at Sevenoaks School, Kent where he was tutored in his early years in piano by Bernard King and Vivian Langrish.
In 1975 he went on to the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he studied piano and composition with Ruth Harte and Gordon Green. In 1978 after gaining a scholarship from the Polish Government he continued his studies at the Akadamia Muzycznie, in Krakow, Poland, where he studied with Ludwik Stefanski. He further enhanced his education by undertaking studies from the Open University in England at the same time, (finally gaining his BA(hons) degree at the OU in 1993).
He began teaching music privately back in the UK in Sevenoaks, Kent once he had qualified in 1981 and during the next 2 years helped to organise and send relief supplies from the UK to Krakow, Poland together with his colleague Alison Blair. He gained his piano teacher’s Diploma (LRAM) in 1983. Following further tuition he took up employment as a pianist at Sheiling School, Ringwood in Hampshire, England (a Camphill community for disabled children and training site for Eurythmy), going on to become piano teacher at the Salisbury School of Music and at the South Wilts Grammar School
(Eurythmy is an expressive movement art originated by Rudolf Steiner in conjunction with Marie von Sivers in the early 20th century. Primarily a performance art, it is also used in education, especially in Waldorf schools, and as a movement therapy.
The word eurythmy stems from Greek roots meaning beautiful or harmonious rhythm; the term was used by Greek and Roman architects to refer to the harmonious proportions of a design or building)
In 1985 he moved to first become pianist at the Freiburg School for Eurythmy, Germany and then on in 1990 to be pianist at the Dornach Eurythmy School in Switzerland.
Since 1993 he has been self-employed as a piano teacher and concert pianist travelling extensively throughout Europe to excellent reviews, and has played a key role in organizing international master classes in piano by Peter Feuchtwanger in Waldkirch, Germany, where he is also an active member of the municipal theatres in the town.
Fiona Middleton - background
Fiona Middleton, also known as Fiona of the Seals is a musician, author and wildlife sanctuary owner. She is also chairperson of an animal welfare [charity] called the Save Our Seals Fund
Many people on the Isle of Islay, part of the Inner Hebrides, Scotland, know Fiona Middleton as the woman who plays her violin to the seals living in Islay's waters. Fiona came to the island in 1976 and lives and works on the south part of Islay near Kildalton.
(Islay, is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Known as "The Queen of the Hebrides", it lies in Argyll just south west of Jura and around 40 kilometres north of the Irish coast)
She has developed a special relationship with seals on the island, who she cares for a great deal. She strongly supports the Save Our Seals Fund, a recognised charity organisation for the protection of seals.
She is an author and in her book ‘Seal’, Fiona tells of her life on Islay where she plays her violin and sings to the seals as they swim in the crystal clear waters. ‘Seal’ takes you into the magical folklore and history of the Kildalton sanctuary where Fiona and her family care for many other animals and birds as well as their special houseguests - rescued seals.