Acclaimed musician returns

An ex-Kemnay Academy pupil of international acclaim will return to his roots to help raise funds for a new, professioanal quality piano for Midmar Hall, where he will perform in a fundraising concert on Friday (October 28). Jumash Poulson grew up in Kemnay until, as a 13-year-old he was accepted by the prestigeous Yehudi Menuhin School. He has since won competitions locally and as far away as Osaka, Japan, and he joined the ‘Silk Road Ensemble’ of well known American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, performing at the Proms in 2010.

Fund raising has begun in earnest at the hall, with the creation of the “Midmar Hall Piano fund”. Local resident and composer, Jonathan Wilson recently began the initiative which aims to raise £5,000 for the purchase and maintenance of a new piano of suitable quality for professional performances as well as for use within the community. To date, £1,060 has been raised from personal donations and charitable grants, which includes a generous donation from the Garioch Charities Shop, Inverurie.

The community will be honoured to also welcome, along with Jumash, Sebastian Kolin from the famous Yehudi Menuhin School in London. They will join local musicians Ainur Poulsen, Blair Cargill and Jonathan Wilson in a varied programme.

Sebastian and Blair will perform Sonata for Piano and Cello by Brahms, whilst Jumash will play the Violin Concerto in D by Sibelius accompanied by Ainur on Piano. Additional works will include the Piano sonata opus 10, F major” by Beethoven as well as original compositions by Jonathan for solo piano and also arrangements for violin, cello and piano to be premiered at the concert.

The evening promises to be a rare experience of the talent that has been raised in the North East, and allows these musicians to contribute to musical enjoyment and education at the Community level. Tickets are available online at at £10 (under 16 £7) or by contacting Jonathan Wilson on (01330) 833910.