Selby & Friends – First, by no means Last!

First, by no means Last!

Presented by Selby & Friends (Mica Productions)


Selby & Friends’ returns to the Centre for five glorious concerts featuring a select ensemble of artists counted amongst the best in the world.

About the concert

The season kicks off with the wildly popular Café Music by the American composer Paul Schoenfield, the inspiration for which was a stint as a replacement pianist in a coffee house to help out a friend.

What better than to follow this brilliant, highly original work with two iconic ‘first’ piano trios from the Romantic repertoire – Mendelssohn’s first – a masterful work beloved by artists and audiences alike – and the incredible first trio by Brahms. Composed initially in his early 20s, Brahms returned some 40 years later to rewrite sections he felt he could improve. It is a true masterpiece. They also welcome back the stunning American cellist Clancy Newman and for the first time introduce the brilliant award-winning violinist Alexandra Osborne to their S&F audience who steps in to replace Harry Bennetts due to a scheduling conflict.

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Alexandra Osborne violin
Clancy Newman cello
Kathryn Selby piano


Paul Schoenfield
Café Music

Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Johannes Brahms
Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op.8


This production is part of the following series: