FITTING FINALE: The Meraki Duo will bring the curtain down on the Bishop Auckland Music Society season
FITTING FINALE: The Meraki Duo will bring the curtain down on the Bishop Auckland Music Society season

BISHOP Auckland Music Society (BAMS) has unveiled its 2021 season, which is due to kick off on Friday, June 11, provided Covid-19 restrictions allow.
The monthly concerts are held in Bishop Auckland Methodist Church, opposite the town’s hospital.
The season begins with the visit of pianist Florian Mitrea.
He performed his debut recital at the Bozar Centre in Brussels in 2020 and has undertaken his first solo tour with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
His June concert includes work by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.
On Friday, July 16, Jamal Alijev (cello) and Maksim Stsura (piano) are guaranteed to delight with a programme featuring Tchaikovsky and Cesar Franck.
Katherine Bryer (oboe) and Irena Radic (piano) entertain on Friday, August 20, in a concert which includes pieces by Schumann and Rachmaninoff. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Katherine has appeared with many orchestras including BBC Symphony and the Philharmonia and London Orchestras.
Guests on Friday, September 3, are Trio Anima who will perform work by Faure, Telemann and Debussy amongst others.
The trio, which formed at the Guildhall School of Music, have been delighting audiences for more than a decade with their distinctive combination of harp, flute and viola.
The series culminates with The Meraki Duo on Friday, October 22.
Formed in 2013, the duo enjoys exploring the diversity of repertoire available to the flute-guitar pairing while contributing arrangements of their own.
Both share a passion for chamber music that extends to jazz, Latin American and European folk music.
Season tickets, costing £58, cover admission to all five concerts.
Tickets for individual shows are also available – £14 in advance or £16 on the door.
Contact BAMS treasurer Brian Varley for tickets and details on 01388 606075.
Tickets are also available from Brotherton’s Music (opposite Morrison's car park)
In the event of Covid restrictions, concert goers may apply for ticket refunds if concerts have to be cancelled. See BAMS website for details.