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'Help For Ukraine - We Are An Ocean' - Weekend of Music
01 Apr 2022

Pietro Fresa, the brilliant 22-year-old classical pianist from Bologna Italy, flies in to play in St Chads Church, Shrewsbury at 4pm on April 9th to help raise funds for Ukrainian humanitarian aid.

Italian pianist Pietro Fresa is to play in the first half of a free concert at St Chad's Church next Saturday (April 9, 4pm) - part of a weekend of music making in aid of the DEC Ukraine appeal. The choir of St Chad's will sing Fauré's Requiem in the second half and there will be cream teas in the interval.

This is Pietro’s third recital in Shrewsbury following his first performance in 2017 when he was just 17 years old. Since then, Pietro has become a firm favourite in the town. Pietro said: “I find the idea of playing for Ukraine a beautiful idea and I really love the people and environment in Shrewsbury”. 

Pietro Fresa

When aged just 10 years old, Pietro was admitted to the Conservatorio G. B. Martini of Bologna in 2010 where he obtained the highest marks possible graduating with distinction under the guidance of Maestro Carlo Mazzoli in July 2017. At eleven years old, Pietro won a place at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica Internazionale in Imola on the course entitled “Incontri col Maestro” (“Meetings with the Maestro”). Here he studied with the Chinese concert pianist, Jin Ju, whilst at present he is a pupil of the renowned Russian Maestro, Boris Petrushansky.

After the Conservatorio he began his studies at the London Royal College of Music, taught by Maestri Dmitri Alexeev and Sofya Gulyak. He finished the four-year degree course in two years and obtained a First-Class Honours. 

Pietro will be performing music by Brahms and Schubert in the first half of the concert which has been arranged by Dr Susan Kelly and other members of the congregation. The St Chad's Choir will sing the Faure Requiem in the second half, after cream tea has been served in the church hall. The concert is free to attend but those attending are encouraged to donate toward the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine fund set up by the government, which will match all donations made by the public.

  • The St Chad's concert is part of a weekend of music called “Help for Ukraine – We Are An Ocean” organised by Susan Kelly and local retired GP Peter Barritt. There is another piano recital in St Alkmund's at 2.30pm on Sunday, 10th April where both Russian and Ukrainian music will be played. Again, the recital is free to attend, just turn up on the day!