Friday 4 October 2020 at 2.00pm
Fairhaven URC (The White Church)
Simon Brady (mandolin)
Philip Kubilius (piano)
After being encouraged to learn the mandolin from the age of six Simon became a vital member of the Brady family band (Grassroots) within months and went on to compete and often win local and national competitions incorporating numerous musical genres and styles and developing as a talented singer.
He is mainly known today as a guitarist, steel guitar and mandolin player having played in countless bands from country rock to gypsy jazz and also making a name for himself as a versatile session musician.
He toured as a multi instrumentalist and vocalist with the Swing Commanders for 8 years where his song writing and arranging impressed audiences and jivers alike with numbers such as ‘Texas Sting’ and ‘Swing Commanders’.
Simon is now embarking on a solo career which will allow him to play/sing all the many genres of music he loves.
Philip Kubilius, a scholarship holder at the Royal Manchester College of Music, studied with Colin Horsley O.B.E. graduating with special merit in performance and has made a particular study of the music of Chopin.
Philip has accompanied many famous singers and instrumentalists and has been in demand as a chamber musician and soloist throughout his career. He formed the Preston Wind Quintet (now known as Ensemble Elan) which performed successfully in the North of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man, The Kubilius Trio and duos with various artists.
His work in education includes 24 years as head of keyboard at The Blackburn School of Music. Philip has been a teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong for over 30 years.
Mozart Sonata No 5 in G K283
Chopin Selection of Waltzes and Nocturnes
Ballade No 1 in G min
Debussy Clair de Lune,
Reflets dans l'eau,
Pour le piano