THE CANN TWINS – FOUR HANDS ONE PIANO
Saturday 28th October 2023 - 3:00 pm
“Dazzling…remarkable…the Cann Sisters playing is totally winning”
“Effortless virtuosity…magically refined tone…the Cann Twins played together with fascinating perfection.”
Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
“The audience listened enthralled.”
Osaka Times, Japan
“The internationally renowned twins gave a spellbinding recital… Breathtaking brilliance, fluency and precision confirmed this recital to be world class.”
Gulf Times, Middle East
“‘Four Hands One Piano’ by Antoinette and Claire Cann, identical twin sister pianists, at Clonter – Their programme will be a wide range of popular classics adapted to the piano, and Clonter’s theatre is the ideal place, with its well raked seats, for the audience to see the great skill – and some fireworks – in their performance on one piano. I first sponsored the Canns two years ago to give a performance in Northleach Church in Gloucestershire to raise money for the church. It was a brilliant success, and I hope their concert at Clonter will give similar enjoyment and help to launch the appeal for Clonter’s 50th anniversary next year.”
Clonter is delighted to be welcoming the Cann Twins to perform the astonishing feat of having four hands on one piano! Also joining them and performing on the Clonter stage for the first time is soprano Jane Burnell, from the Royal Northern College of Music, with carefully chosen repertoire to compliment the composers already included with a touch of Spain.
‘Four Hands One Piano’
Edward McDowell – Hexentanz
Franz Schubert – Fantasia in F Minor
Pyotr Tchaikovsky – 3 Dances from the “Nutcracker Suite” – Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy; Chinese Dance; Dance of the Mirlitons
Maurice Ravel – Rapsodie Espagnole
Prélude à la nuit; Malagueña; Habanera; Feria
Georges Bizet arr. Cann – 3 Movements from “Carmen”
Prelude; Habanera; Intermezzo
Claude Debussy – Petite Suite
En bateau: Cortège: Menuet; Ballet
Franz Liszt arr. Bendel – Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
The Cann Twins
The Cann Twins’ career on the recital and concerto platform has taken them to Europe, the Middle East, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. They also tour throughout the UK, playing at major halls including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Fairfield Halls, Colston Hall, Bristol, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
The Cann Twins have had many works written for them by international composers and have premiered works by Blinko, Blyton, Butler, Dunkin-Wedd, Elliott, Headington, Winter-Owens, Sainsbury and Stern.
They gave the World Premiere of Timothy Blinko’s Gemini Concerto (sponsored by Soundsense) with the English Sinfonia & Philip Ellis, and the Southbank Premiere of Max Bruch’s Concerto for two pianos at the Royal Festival Hall.
The identical twins studied at the Watford School of Music with Jean Merlow and Robert Pell before entering the Royal College of Music in order to study with the legendary duo-pianist Phyllis Sellick. They studied arranging for duo-piano with Gerald Gifford, graduating with first class honours in solo and duo-piano performance.
As postgraduates they were awarded the President’s Rosebowl, won scholarships to Banff School of Fine Arts, Canada, and by invitation of the Queen Mother they performed at the Royal Lodge, Windsor for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and guests.
The Cann Twins frequently give masterclasses in America and have taught at the Royal College of Music, London, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and also Loyola University, New Orleans and Stetson University, Florida, USA as Visiting Professors.
Claire and Antoinette have appeared on television in the UK, Japan, the USA and New Zealand and regularly broadcast on radio in the UK for the BBC and Classic FM and also for other national radio stations abroad.
Their recordings have won top awards, including Gramophone ‘Critic’s Choice’, Classic FM ‘Critic’s Choice’, HMV ‘Best 49 CDs’ and a rosette in the ‘Penguin Guide to Compact Discs’.
Clonter is delighted to announce that the singer, who will be joining the Cann Twins on Saturday 28th October, will be Soprano Jane Burnell. Jane will be singing:
Bizet – Chant d’amour
Delibes – Les filles de Cadix
Jane Burnell – Soprano
Jane is a British Soprano currently studying her Masters at the RNCM under the tutelage of Linda Richardson. In 2021 she won the Coro Nuovo Sussex Young Musician of the Year and in 2022 was a finalist in the RNCM Strauss Award. This summer she joins Buxton International Festival as a Young Artist and member of the ensemble for Bellini’s La Sonnambula. Her opera roles include: Pamina The Magic Flute (Leeds Youth Opera), Due Donne Le Nozze di Figaro (RNCM Opera), Zerlina (scenes) Don Giovanni (RNCM Opera), Guilia (scenes) La Scala di Seta (RNCM Opera), La Novizia Suor Angelica (Random Opera Company), Adele Die Fledermaus (LCSU Opera Society) and Belinda/Second Woman Dido and Aeneas (LUUMS Opera Society. Jane is a prolific concert soloist with orchestras and choirs across the UK, with repertoire including Mozart Exsultate Jubilate (Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra) and Handel Messiah (National Festival Orchestra). She particularly enjoys performing Baroque repertoire and works regularly with Manchester Baroque. As a recitalist, Jane has performed at the Bridgewater Hall, Leeds Town Hall and the Howard Assembly Rooms. Alongside performing, Jane is a keen conductor and also works closely with Leeds Lieder as a Workshop Leader for their schools education programmes across Leeds.
Ticket Pricing & Booking Information
Tickets £10.50, £16, £21, £26, FREE for 26-year-olds and under (ID may be required)
Group Discount (10% Discount) 10+
U3A Discount (10% Discount)
Doors Open 2pm
Performance Starts 3pm
Interval 30 minutes
Priority Booking for Patrons 14 April
Priority Booking for Friends 21 April
General Sale 28 April
Drink Arrangements – All drink consumed inside the premises must be purchased from the bar (including bottled water). These may be ordered in advance.
N.B. Table booking facilities close a week before the performance date. Pre-order drinks facilities close at 4pm on the Wednesday before the performance.
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