2021 festival programme announced

Despite ongoing restrictions, we are thrilled to announce that we hope to run a festival in 2021 – albeit shorter than usual. We’re planning to run a three day event with separate rehearsals for choir and orchestra between Wednesday 2nd and Saturday 5th June (we’re allowing four days to accommodate separate rehearsals).

The programme is as follows:

For the choir:

Beethoven ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from ‘Christ on the Mount of Olives

Schubert: Mass in G D.147

For the orchestra:

Brahms: Saint Anthony Variations (Variations on a Theme by Haydn)

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3

So if you’re interested in joining us, please let us know by emailing: penninespringmusic@gmail.com

2020 Online Festival Activities

Next week would have been the beginning of PSM 2020 and although the idea of us gathering on Monday in Heptonstall is somewhat hard to imagine at the moment, we thought it was important to mark the occasion and look forward to what will be PSM 2021!

We will be in touch throughout the week and do keep an eye out on our website and social media pages, where we hope to showcase some of the music we would have been playing and plan to play next year! Find us at www.penninespringmusic.co.uk, on Facebook @penninespringmusic and on Twitter @MusicPennine.

The climax of the week will be a “Zoom social” on Saturday 30th May from 7-8pm, so please put that in your diaries.

Most importantly, we hope that all our members are safe and well at this worrying time. We look forward to hearing from you.

2020 Festival postponed to 2021

It is with great sadness that the committee have decided we have no choice but to cancel PSM 2020 in the light of the current guidance about the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We intend to run the festival in 2021 on the usual week beginning the late May bank holiday, which is May 31st. The programme will be exactly as planned for this year.

We are very anxious not to lose members and will automatically register those who have places for 2020 for the festival in 2021.

Refunds will be available so please let us know if you would like a refund or if you would prefer us to carry the fee forward to next year.
We hope that you and your families remain well in this worrying period and look forward to seeing you all, as well as any new members, next year in what we hope will be happier times.

Announcing our soloist for Beethoven No.3: Elda Laro

We are pleased to announce our soloist for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3:  Elda Laro

One of the most versatile artists of her generation

As a conductor, pianist, chamber musician, harpsichordist and accompanist, the child prodigy from Scutari, Albania playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.1 at the age of only 11 with the National Orchestra went on to be selected as one of the most promising young Albanian musicians and was awarded an overseas scholarship allowing her to study with renowned pianist Remo Remoli at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin, Italy.


Elda is currently coach, pianist and staff conductor at the prestigious Deutsche Oper in Berlin and has performed with many of the world’s greatest in classical music.

Elda Laro

Her piano studies have taken her from Paris, where in 1995-96 she was awarded a scholarship to study contemporary music with world renowned pianist Claude Helffer, to Salzburg, studying under Alfons Kontarsky. Elda’s expertise of contemporary music was recently seen when she was chosen to prepare the world premiere of the opera Wir aus Glas by Yasutaki Inamori, a collaboration between the Deutsche Oper and the Biennale in Munich.


A much sought-after accompanist in song recitals, recent concert appearances include distinguished artists such as  Ermonela Jaho, Saimir Pirgu, Dimitra Theodossiu with whom she appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall (also on CD) and the late tenor Marcello Giordani at the Athletic Club in New York City. As a pianist, she had also collaborated with Mirella Freni, Carlo Bergonzi, Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Fiorenza Cossotto and Edda Moser.


During the 2019/20 season Elda accompanied on tour, singer and world-leading cabaret star Ute Lemper at the Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and other major European venues under the direction of Antonello Manacorda.


Solo performances with leading conductors include Mstislav Rostropovich, Marc Soustrot, Konrad Junghänel, Bruno Campanella, Donato Renzetti, Marc Albrecht, Donald Runnicles. Major orchestras include the Orchestra of Teatro Regio in Turin, Parma’s Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi Milan, I Pomeriggi Musicali Milan and Orchestra of Val d‘Aosta. Most recently she performed Chopin Piano Concerto no.2 with the RTSH Orchestra in Tirana. Concert tours have taken her to Italy, Spain, UK, Austria, France, Japan, Malaysia and the United States.


As a recording artist, Elda Laro received critical acclaim for her Chandos CD of Bottesini chamber music awarded 5 stars by the Financial Times.


At the helm of the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, she recently conducted Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.2. In 2015 the National Opera in Tirana invited her to debut  Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. After much success Mozart’s Così fan Tutte directed from the harpsichord and a staged chorus / ballet performance choreographed by Youri Vàmos of Orff’s Carmina Burana soon followed. During her years as Head of Music at the Münster Theatre and vocal coach at the university there, Elda was also chief conductor of the Münster Concert Choir performing regularly concerts and oratorio including an extensive tour of Italy with Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.


She studied conducting with Rüdiger Bohn in Düsseldorf and masterclasses include Donato Renzetti,  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli and Maurizio Arena. Elda’s eclectic passion for learning including 10 years as a violinist, fluency of five languages; Italian, English, German, French and Albanian as well as an avid chamber musician gives her a solid base like many of history’s greatest opera conductors.


Following her studies with the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, Elda held positions at Festival d‘Aix-en-Provence, Teatro Regio in Turin, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma and at the Ravenna Festival before joining Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania for twelve years.


Numerous awards include First Prize at the Concorso di Moncalieri in Turin (1991), Rassegna di Vittorio Veneto (1996) and Concorso di Grosseto (2000). In 2009 Elda was awarded the prestigous Premio Danzuso by the “Amici della Musica di Catania“.


Committed to sharing her expertise, Elda regularly gives masterclasses as a vocal coach. For the last 5 years she has taught in Portocomaro, Italy.


In 2020 Elda will conduct Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Tirana. As a pianist she will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.3 at the Pennine Spring Music Festival, UK, a solo Beethoven programme in the Tischlerei at the Deutsche Oper and many recitals with illustrious singers including soprano Anna Pirozzi and chamber music concerts with Deutsche Oper orchestral members in Germany, Turkey, Gran Canaria and China.


Applications for PSM 2020 are now open! Apply here to join our choir or orchestra: https://www.penninespringmusic.co.uk/join-us/