International pianist and winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition, Anna Tsybuleva, travelled thousands of miles to make a surprise visit to Ripon and give a recital for Ripon piano teacher Bronwen Brindley.
The recital was organised by two current students of Bronwen, Liz Hawkes and Julie Wilberforce, who wanted to recognise Bronwen’s 55 year music teaching career to date and to thank her for all her good work supporting music and the arts in the region.
Organiser Liz Hawkes said: “Bronwen is such a good teacher and we are very fortunate to have her.
“We wanted to address the fact that like many music teachers she is an unsung hero whose work falls beneath the radar.”
Julie Wilberforce said: “We felt it was entirely appropriate to ask an amazing pianist to play for a fantastic teacher.
“We were very keen for Anna to play but never in a million years expected she would be able to take part.”
The recital, which took place at Markington Hall in Markington – home of the Wilberforce family – was attended by 50 close friends and representatives of the many organisations Bronwen has worked with.
These include: The Friends of Ripon Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral Concert Society, Ripon Young Musician of the Year.
Bronwen’s husband John Brindley, who gave a vote of thanks following the recital, said: “I think it is marvellous that Bronwen has been recognised in this way.
“We are both truly humbled that Anna Tsybuleva should travel so far out of her way to play for Bronwen.
“It was a fantastic performance and one we will never forget.”