2023 Orchestral concerts and special recitals

For background information about the Isca Ensemble please see the next page.

Tickets are available in advance online at  
www.iscaensemble.org.uk or www.ticketsource.co.uk

Sidmouth concert tickets are also available from

Paragon Books, 38 High Street, Sidmouth (01395 514516).


Joel Munday receives a special scholarship from the London Symphony Orchestra.



Saturday 13th. April 2024 at 7.30 p.m.






Renowned UK soloist

2021 Leeds International Piano Competition finalist

Mozart : 'Magic Flute' Overture

Brahms : Piano Concerto No 1

Dvorak  : Symphony No 6

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Outstanding pianist Thomas Kelly has been announced as the recipient of the Benjamin Britten Piano Fellowship for 2023-24, awarded by the Royal College of Music (RCM) and generously supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation (PLF).


This Fellowship, named after the renowned composer and RCM alumnus, is awarded to an exceptional pianist who has been accepted on to the RCM’s Artist Diploma course. 

Thomas Kelly, who studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev and Professor Vanessa Latarche and graduated from the Master of Performance course in July 2023, commented “I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded the Benjamin Britten Piano Fellowship and I am excited about the opportunities to meet fellow pianists and fellow artists, the opportunities to collaborate, and the potential this fellowship has to develop my career and open new artistic possibilities to me."

A prize winner at the 2021 Leeds and 2022 Hastings International Piano Competitions, Thomas Kelly has won numerous international competitions including First Prize at the Theodor Leschetizky Competition, Lucca Virtuoso e Bel Canto Festival and Pianale International Piano Competition.

Sunday 14th. April 2024 at 3 p.m.






Renowned UK soloist

2021 Leeds International Piano Competition finalist





Soler Piano Sonata in G Minor No.11 R.42.    
 Ravel  Jeux D’Eau
Chopin. 3rd Sonata Op.58. 
Mendelssohn/Rachmaninoff.   Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"  
Selection from Granados Goyescas
Los Requiebros - The Compliments       
 El Fandango del Candil - The Oil Lamp Fandango.    
Chopin Variations on “La Ci Darem La Mano” Op.2. 


Thomas Kelly 
Thomas Kelly was born in November 1998. He started playing the piano aged 3, and in 2006 became Kent Junior Pianist of the Year and attained ABRSM Grade 8 with Distinction. Aged 9, Thomas performed Mozart Concerto No. 24 in the Marlowe Theatre with the Kent Concert Orchestra. After moving to Cheshire, he regularly played in festivals, winning prizes including in the Birmingham Music Festival, 3rd prize in Young Pianist of The North 2012, and 1st prize in WACIDOM 2014. Between 2015 and 2021, Thomas studied with Andrew Ball, firstly at the Purcell School of Music and then at the Royal College of Music. Thomas has also gained inspiration from lessons and masterclasses with musicians such as Vanessa Latarche, William Fong, Ian Jones, Tatiana Sarkissova, Valentina Berman, Boris Berman, Paul Lewis, Mikhail Voskresensky and Dina Yoffe. Thomas began studying with Dmitri Alexeev in April 2021, with whom he will continue whilst studying Masters at the RCM.
Thomas has won 1st prizes including Pianale International Piano Competition 2017, Kharkiv Assemblies 2018, at Lucca Virtuoso e Bel Canto festival 2018, RCM Joan Chissell Schumann competition 2019, Kendall Taylor Beethoven competition 2019, BPSE Intercollegiate Beethoven competition 2019 and the 4th Theodor Leschetizky competition 2020. In 2021 Thomas was a finalist in the Leeds International Piano Competition. Most recently, he was awarded 2nd prize and special prize for best semi-final performance at Hastings International Concerto Competition 2022.
He has performed in a variety of venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Steinway Hall London, Holy Trinity Sloane Square, St James’ Piccadilly, Oxford Town Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, St Paul’s Bedford, the embassies of Russia and Brazil in London, the Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, the Stoller Hall, Leeds Town Hall, at the North Norfolk Music Festival, Paris Conservatoire, the StreingreaberHaus in Bayreuth and the Teatro Del Sale in Florence. Since the pandemic restrictions in 2020, Thomas’ artistic activities include participating in all 4 seasons of the “Echo Chamber”, an online concert series curated by Noah Max, and releasing 3 singles under the Ulysses Arts label on digital platforms.
Thomas is supported by the Kendall-Taylor award. He has been generously supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust since 2020, and Talent Unlimited since 2021.