William Dutton (violin) & Richard Uttley (piano)

William Dutton’s striking and mature performance in the string final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in April established him as a violinist with something to say. His accompanist, also from Yorkshire, is the rising star pianist Richard Uttley.


  1. Brahms: FAE Sonata - scherzo
  2. Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.8 in G major Opus 3 No.3
  3. Grieg: Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor Opus 45
  4. Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or
                                                                                                Artists 'Bold presence on stage and ambitious repertoire’ BBC Young Musician of the Year panel William Dutton was born in 1995 in Leeds and began to play the violin aged 3. He was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Scholarship in 2006. In 2008 William gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he currently studies with Lutsia Ibragimova, and regularly performs in the school solo and chamber music recitals. Whilst studying, William has worked alongside artists such as Heinrich Schiff, Alina Ibragimova, Valeriy Sokolov and Paul Watkins, playing in venues which include the RFH, Barbican, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall. In April 2014 William was the winner of the Strings Final of the BBC young musician of the year 2014, and also gained a place to study next year at the Haute École de Musique in Lausanne. William has also had international success as a singer. Winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2006 enabled him to perform with world class soloists, orchestras, conductors and celebrities including José Carreras, Alfie Boe, Aled Jones and Ken Dodd. He made his BBC proms début in July 2007, and film credits include ‘First Boy’ in a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh. ‘Evangelical enthusiasm ... assiduous clarity ... lyrical poise ... a brilliant recital.’ The Times Born in Bradford in 1987, Richard Uttley has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review) and featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011. He has recorded two critically-acclaimed recital discs and has given recitals or performed concertos in most of the UK’s major halls, including Birmingham Symphony, Bridgewater, Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth, Royal Festival, Sage Gateshead and Wigmore. Festival appearances include Beverley, City of London, Huddersfield, Lincolnshire, Ryedale and Ribble Valley. Other highlights include three recitals in Wigmore Hall, appearances at Galway Mid-Winter and Presteigne Festivals, the Commonwealth Games 2014 and recording music by Ben Foskett for an NMC Debut disc. This season Richard collaborates with Rolf Hind (piano), Mikhail Nemtsov (cello), Callum Smart (violin), Huw Watkins (piano), and Mark Simpson (clarinet) – the latter in recordings and recitals including a Wigmore Hall recital live broadcast on Radio 3 for the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme – and with artist Nat Urazmetova in an experimental project supported by the Help Musicians UK’s Emerging Excellence Awards.

Date: Tuesday 16th June 2015

Time: 11.00am

Venue: The Chapel, Rudding Park

Richard Uttley