Helensburgh Music Society’s 39th concert season begins this weekend with the first of five performances offering a superb selection of musical styles and instruments.

The concert this Saturday, October 20, at 7.30pm, sees award winning viola player Timothy Ridout and pianist Jâms Coleman play works by Bach, Beethoven, Britten and Brahms.

Born in London in 1995, Timothy graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He was selected by YCAT in 2016 and is currently at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai.

In 2016 Timothy became the first British winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Previous awards include first prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz Awards, and second prize at the 2015 Windsor Festival competitions.

Over the last year Timothy has performed widely in Europe including Wigmore Hall, Munich Gasteig, Verbier Academy & Festival and Schloss Elmau, the Eggenfelden Klassisch, Valdres Sommersymfoni, Koblenz, Musikdorf Ernen and Beethoven Bonn Festivals. He attended IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and gave performances with the Nash Ensemble.

Engagements this season include appearances as soloist with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Baden-Baden Philharmonie and Sinfonia Cymru.

Later in the season he returns to Wigmore Hall and performs George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola at the Purcell Room.

In 2017 Champs Hill released his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps.

Jâms is a Welsh pianist who performs as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He read music at Girton College, Cambridge and in 2016 he completed his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent highlights include performing music by Colin Matthews live on Radio 3, performing on BBC2’s Proms Extra with cellist Jamal Aliyev, solo appearances in France and live on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru.

* The society's other 2018-19 concert dates and artists are as follows:

Saturday, November 17 – Dick Lee's Swingtet

Saturday, January 19 - Sinopia String Quartet

Saturday, February 16 – A4 Brass Quartet

Saturday, March 16 – Sarah Beth Briggs (piano)

All Helensburgh Music Society's concerts take place at the Tower Digital Arts Centre. Single tickets are £12, £5 for students and £1 for under-18s, available online and at the Tower box office in advance or on the door.

The exciting programme of five concerts represents excellent value, in particular the season ticket; for just £40, you are guaranteed five, fabulous evenings of entertainment with internationally professional musicians - in a local venue.

The society is grateful for sponsorship by Allen & Harris. Enjoy a refreshment before the concert or at the interval and have some thoroughly enjoyable evenings listening to wonderful music.