A VIOLIN and piano duo will play in South Somerset in July.

Callum Smart and Richard Uttley will play in Ilminster and Crewkerne as part of the Concerts for the South West events.

Callum Smart is quickly developing an international reputation as one of Britain’s finest young violinists and an innovative pedagogue, combining his professorship at the RNCM with his following of 40k+ on Instagram.

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He is celebrated for the sincerity of his singing line, combining ‘brilliant technique with the confidence to take risks’ (Bachtrack) and his ‘utterly convincing’ interpretations (BBC Music Magazine).

Recognised as a rising star since winning the BBC Young Musician strings category and being the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition in 2010, Smart now enjoys concert appearances with the UK’s leading orchestras, including re-invitations to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist, Richard Uttley has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review).

His playing has been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC World Service, Classic FM, and Sky Arts.

Highlights this season include the Gershwin and John Ireland piano concertos, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, recitals in the Musikverein (Vienna), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), BOZAR (Brussels), and Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) with horn player Ben Goldscheider, Wigmore Hall with violist Jordan Bak, and chamber music with composer-clarinettist Mark Simpson and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich at Kings Place.

The concerts will take place on Friday, July 15 at the Ilminster Arts Centre at 7.30pm and on Saturday July, 16 at The Dance House, Crewkerne at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £18 (optional donation at all the concerts) and can be purchased online at concertsinthewest.org

Further concert details can be found on the individual tour pages which can be reached via www.concertsinthewest.org