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Wendy Dolby and Tony Hughes met while working for South Cheshire Young Musicians and now play together as the Piano Duo, Dolby and Hughes. A Piano Duo is where both performers play the same piano. so 4 Hands, 1 Piano

Wendy: “We met while accompanying some of Cheshire’s brightest musical children. Tony called me and asked if we should have a go at accompanying each other. It seemed a good idea at the time and we’ve never looked back.”

Duo partners need to ‘click’ musically or else it’s a huge waste of time.

Tony: “I think the first piece we ever tried together was one of Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants, ‘Petit mari, Petite femme’, and I knew from the moment we played the last chord that we were on to something special. We have such a great time rehearsing together, Wendy is so much fun. Sometimes not much playing gets done. She’s too busy laughing at my appalling jokes”.

This spirit of fun is what fuels their music. “We don’t often do much ‘serious’ repertoire”, Tony says. “Somehow it doesn’t look quite right, two people sitting elbow to elbow, crossing arms, getting in each other’s way, and trying to be solemn.” This shows in their choice of works. Dolby and Hughes are most definitely concentrating on the more entertaining side of the repertoire, mixing Original Compositions with Arrangements for 4 Hands.

Wendy again: “As 95% of musicians will tell you, we’re not doing it for the money! What drives us is the music, the joy we get from it, and the joy it gives to others.”

For more information on Dolby and Hughes and any upcoming performances, visit their dedicated website at www.dolbyandhughes.co.uk