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Open Arts Access Programme Presents...Cello and Piano recital


Open Arts Access Programme Presents...Cello and Piano recital

Friday 20th October 2017
Admission: Free


  • Bach Suite No. 1
  • Schumann - Adagio and Allegro
  • Saint-Saens - Cello and Piano sonata No. 1

Artist biography


Sally Halsey
Sally Halsey, pianist, is a very versatile and adaptable musician, with a particular passion for Chamber Music.  She has just completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying piano with Gabriele Baldocci.  Before studying at Trinity, Sally grew up on the Isle of Wight and was much in demand, playing background music at hotels and functions around the Island.  She won a Scholarship from the West Wight Arts Association which enabled her to have piano lessons in London with Nigel Clayton, Professor at the Royal College of Music, through her gap year.

Sally has worked with many singers in different contexts.  She has accompanied choirs on the Isle of Wight, and toured in France with an award-winning choir from the Island.  Sally’s first experience of being a répétiteur was for an acclaimed youth production of Les Misérables, when she was just 14.  She enjoyed this experience so much that it led on to Sally recently being Musical Director and répétiteur for an ‘Opera Scenes’ performance by G+T Opera Company, and ‘Carmen in 50 Minutes’ and ‘Fallen’ by Puzzle Pieces Opera Company, all student-led projects at Trinity.  Sally also works with solo singers; in 2013, she reached the final of the Lieder Duo Competition at Trinity with soprano Angela Hicks and in 2015, she reached the final of the English Song Competition (also at Trinity) with Tenor Guy Elliot.

Sally is official accompanist at the Aboyne Cello Festival and Flutes in Tuscany, and has worked as accompanist on a string course with Richard Studt and Philip Dukes.  Another passion of Sally’s is Piano Trios; in 2010, she performed two movements from Chopin’s Piano Trio as part of a bicentenary celebration concert commemorating Chopin’s birth, and in 2012 she performed in Lincolnshire and the Isle of Wight with a piano trio, playing Beethoven and Shostakovich Trios.  At the end of her first year at Trinity, Sally took part in a ‘Mozart Piano Concerto Marathon’ of two-piano arrangements, playing her own concerto and accompanying her piano teacher, Penelope Roskell, for her concerto.  Sally has a longstanding cello and piano duo with Megan Rolf, The Manfredini Duo, and recently performed Cello and Piano Sonata in C major by Prokofiev, Variations on a Slovak Theme by Martinu, and various show pieces including Hungarian Rhapsody by David Popper.  She has also worked in many other duo collaborations with cellists, resulting in concerts around England and Scotland, including Aylesbury, London, the Isle of Wight and Longleat House in Bath.  Recent highlights include a performance of the Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert with renowned cellist Alice Neary and the Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major by Brahms with her father, James Halsey.

Sally is passionate about music education. She has worked as a student teacher on Musicale summer courses, run workshops in primary schools and given private piano lessons to pupils aged 4-14 since 2012.  As well as teaching her students a wide variety of pieces, Sally enters her students for the ABRSM exams and has a 100% pass record.  As the eldest of four children in her family, she excels at engaging and understanding children, making lessons enjoyable for them all.


Joshua Lynch
Recipient of the Freda Dinn and Ida Marbett Award, Joshua Lynch is a passionate devotee of chamber music and has already enjoyed a diverse and creative career. Having graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of Emma Ferrand and Gillian Thoday, he is about to commence his postgraduate study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Ursula Smith.
Former cellist of the Cassia String Quartet, Joshua had regular lessons alongside his colleagues with Peter Cropper and Robin Ireland (Lindsay Quartet), Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) and James Boyd. The quartet were recipients of the Musiciens Entre Guerre et Paix Award from the International Académie Ravel and performed at the Wigmore Hall, The Crucible (MitR), Salisbury International Arts Festival and Leeds International Concert Series.
Away from the concert platform, the Cassia quartet also enjoyed working alongside several bands, most notably New Order, The Charlatans, Daughter  and Blossoms, as well as Mancunian poet, Mike Garry. Joshua is interested in performing in unconventional spaces and most recently performed for Sofar Sounds, which promotes music in informal settings. Joshua works regularly with his duo partner, pianist Sally Halsey, and enjoys a busy concert schedule.
Joshua has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum, Garry Hoffman, Raphael Wallfisch, Alice Neary, Philip Higham and Christoph Richter.
Away from performing, Joshua is a passionate teacher and holds the position of cello and chamber music tutor at Rochdale music service and depute chamber music coach at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a regular tutor at ProCorda, which coaches talented young musicians.

Hull Minster's Open Arts Access programme

Our programme us to offer free performance space to musicians, artists and groups.

Aimed at acoustic performers, the Minster is offering artists and groups the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and hone their skills. Whether a solo artist, a small band or a poet, performers will be able to develop their repertoire, experiment with new material, or build up a performance portfolio by recording the event.

The scheduled performances are available to book on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1pm and are free of charge. Other dates and times are also available. Audience members may choose to make a donation, which will go to the performer.

The Minster will help publicise performances through the Minster’s website and provide refreshments for visitors before and after the events. Practice spaces may also be available beforehand.

To find out more information or have an informal chat about how to book an afternoon performance slot, please contact Hull Minster’s Events and Operations Co-ordinator Jane Owen at