Fri 15 & Sat 16 Sep 2023 : Milly Riquelme; Cuban, classical, and jazz piano

This will be quite a vigorous mix from pianist Milly Riquelme who will be joined some of the time on the Friday by her husband guitarist Tom Toomey, and on the Saturday by fellow Cuban pianist Ana Laura Manero. Milly will be playing Beethoven Sonata Pathetique op.13, some music by Ravel; Gershwin; some of cuban classical composers like Cervantes, Andres Alen and Caturla. Also some of her own original music, and some Cuban popular music. The programme will vary each evening. Tom will be playing some of his original music, based of his influences from Spanish flamenco music, and Irish traditional.


The program for the Friday 15th Sep will be the following:

Beethoven Sonata Pathetique op 13 ( 3 movements)
Ravel’s Sonatine, (first and second movements)
– interval –
Hope by M Riquelme
Canción de Cuna by M Riquelme
Nostalgia Cubana by M Riquelme
and with Tom ( we will be playing 2 of his original tunes, piano and guitar)
finishing by Manisero ( piano solo)

The program for the Saturday 16 Sep will be the following ( it will be more latin american program) :

Gerwshin’s Three preludes
Los tres Golpes (by Cervantes)
Siempre Sí! (by Cervantes)
Preludio no 2 by Andres Alen
– interval –
Manisero by Moises Simon ( arr. M Riquelme)
Hope by M Riquelme
Canción de Cuna by M Riquelme
Nostalgia Cubana by M Riquelme
to finish Ana we will be playing Libertango by Astor Piazzola for two Pianos.


Milly Riquelme
Milly Riquelme

MILLY RIQUELME TOOMEY –  Accomplished Pianist/Singer and Composer

Milly Riquelme was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. She shown interest in music since the age of two, influenced by her beloved Grandmother Alicia, who was a renowned piano teacher for more than fifty years. She appearing in a tv program of child prodigies playing the piano at the age of 4. Later, she entered at the Art School in Santiago and commenced studying piano till grade 8 advance. In 2006,  she obtained her  degree in Musicology with Honors from the Institute Superior of Arts (ISA) in Havana. Since then, Milly has collaborated as a Musical Director and pianist with Salsa bands in Havana. In 2007 Milly joined as a Pianist the popular cuban band “Conexion Salsera”, recorded an album and toured to Europe. Also Milly has shared the stage  with many other well-known Cuban Musicians that include both Nicolas Sirgado and Mayito Ribera, pillars of the popular  and Latin jazz in Cuba. During 2007-2008,  Milly toured in Asia as a pianist and singer developing a special taste for jazz.

She has lived in the United Kingdom since 2009, performing with her husband Tom Toomey, lead guitarist of The Zombies, and other musicians like Omar Puente, cuban violinist, and played with his band at the Ronnie Scott in London, and  among other Jazz Festivals. Milly also has recorded keyboard and voice, contributing to the album Gambia, a musical project that is supported by the charity ‘Music for Africa’. She has also performed and collaborated with instrumental arrangements  for several other Artists  albums that has been produced by Tom Toomey at their Blue Door Studios. Milly also has been teaching piano and music since 2010. She is a passionate musician and has performed extensively as a solo artist as a  pianist/singer. In addition, she is known for her work with her Latin jazz  band ‘La Cubana ‘ where they have performed together at a variety of events. Milly has just released her new Album Nostalgia Cubana, with reminiscence of Traditional Cuban Music and Classical Music and her own compositions and arrangements, and her new solo   “Piano Recital” album, recorded live at Sheep Street in Sherborne.

You can listen her music and see videos at:

Tom Toomey
Tom Toomey

TOM TOOMEY – Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter

In addition to Tom being the lead guitarist for legendary band ‘The Zombies’, he also writes, produces, plays and tours as a solo artist. His music includes work with ‘The Monficats’, ’Jingo Santana’, solo electric guitar and solo acoustic shows. Tom is also the proud developer/creator of the charity ‘Music for Africa’ which he promotes on a regular basis. You will find more information about this amazing charity here on Tom’s website below.

Tom started playing in 1967. His first tune ever performed on stage at the age of 13 was ‘House of the Rising Sun’. Bands include – ‘The Epidemic’ ( first band), ‘The Drill’ (punk), ‘Invisible Sex’, ‘Friends of Jack’, ‘Monficats’ and ‘Jingo Santana’. His albums include ‘Iron on Stone’, ‘Monficat’, ‘Gambia’, ‘Echo Bridge’, ‘Ghost of You and Me’, (Colin Blunstone), ’Breathe Out Breathe In’, ‘Live in UK’, ‘Metropolis Sessions’, and most recently- ‘Still Got That Hunger’. There are quite a few other albums as well (Google him!! or check out his website below).

Toomey has also worked with (live/ recording)- Don McLean, Jon Anderson, Sir Cliff Richard, Leo Sayer, Paul Young, Gene Pitney, Marc Almond and quite a few other internationally known artists.

Ana Laura Manero
Ana Laura Manero


Originally from Cuba, Ana Laura moved to the UK at the age of 19, having won a full tuition-fees scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London. She graduated with Honors in 2006 and completed a Masters in Advance performance with distinction in 2008 under the musical guidance of Professor John Blakely.

Ana enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher, regularly performing recitals as a soloist and chamber musician in the South West as part of the Sherborne Abbey Festival, Tincleton Gallery Concert Series, St Bartholomew’s Crewkerne Concert Series, Sherborne Douzelage among many others. She also regularly performs with her husband, conductor and cellist Arturo Serna.

Ana started to play the piano at the age of five in her home country Cuba. During her formative years, she was taught by professors Teresita Junco, Elena Salámova and Igor Lavrov. At the age of 13, Ana Laura made her orchestral debut with the Orquesta Filarmonica Nacional and at 17, she performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra, both in Caracas Venezuela. She has also been a prize-winner of national and international piano competitions, including the Amadeo Roldán National Piano Competition (Cuba), II National Competition for Young Soloists (Venezuela), The Pinault International Piano Tape Competition (USA) Silvia Einsenstein National Piano Competition (Venezuela) and the Concordia Foundation Award 2008.


Special terms : due to Covid-19 may apply, approximately as follows, though we reserve the right to update them if this all starts up again:

– Pre booking and prepayment only. All guests must give contact etc details.

– Seating may be allocated by us in advance. We may flex exact mix depending on demand and any constraints. Ask quickly if you have a larger party.

– We will give refunds if we need to cancel the concert for whatever reason. We will not refund if you need to cancel as that would disadvantage the musician(s), unless we can resell your seat.

– You must respect our Covid social distancing requirements, which will in turn comply with Government requirements. For the time being this means that no particular restrictions are anticipated unless Covid restrictions are reintroduced by Government.

– As usual drinks & nibbles will be served, but exactly how and where will depend on the weather.

– All concerts start playing at 8pm. Please arrive after 7:30pm.

– Tickets £15 each.

– To order tickets please email Tincleton Gallery or call Tincleton Gallery on 01305 848909