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Forthcoming Performances


LUCY PARHAM – SHEAFFER COMPOSER PORTRAITS SERIES AT ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE


BELOVED CLARA: Robert Schumann, Clara and Brahms

Sunday 24th September 2017 at 3.00pm
St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Lucy Parham, piano
Harriet Walter, narrator
Tim McInnerny, narrator

Lucy Parham’s original Composer Portrait Beloved Clara, is a compelling study of the passionate relationship between Robert Schumann and his pianist wife Clara – both close friends of Johannes Brahms. It amalgamates letters, diaries and piano works by all three protagonists.

“A lovely entertainment, flawlessly performed” ***** 5 stars The Independent

Post concert Q & A hosted by Sarah Walker, Radio 3

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NOCTURNE: The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin

Sunday 29th October 2017 at 3.00pm
St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Lucy Parham, piano
Patricia Hodge, narrator
Alex Jennings, narrator

The story of the tender, yet volatile relationship between Frédéric Chopin and the novelist George Sand is told through extracts from their letters and diaries, counterpointed with some of the composer’s best-loved works.

“Parham’s velvet-gloved sonority and rare ability to impart a poetic coherence to Chopin’s stream-of-consciousness flights of inspiration has one listening afresh” ***** 5 stars Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine

“The Best Chopin of the Year” The Times

Post concert Q & A hosted by tba

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REVERIE: The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy

Sunday 28th January 2018 at 3.00pm
St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Lucy Parham, piano
Simon Russell Beale, narrator

Celebrating the centenary of Claude Debussy, Reverie evokes his complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illuminated by a sequence of his most famous and atmospheric works for piano.

Parham’s playing superbly covered the musical bases, from the lazy opulence of ‘Soirée dans Grenade’ to the glacial chill of ‘Des pas sur la neige’, from the tintinnabulation of ‘Pagodes’ to the chaste beauty of ‘La fille aux cheveux de lin’.” **** 4 stars The Independent

Post concert Q & A hosted by tba

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ODYSSEY OF LOVE: Liszt and His Women

Sunday 4th March 2018 at 3.00pm
St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Lucy Parham, piano
Joanna David, narrator
Robert Glenister, narrator

The colourful life of the extraordinary Franz Liszt took him from child prodigy to living legend.  Odyssey of Love focuses on the two greatest romances of this tempestuous genius.

“The concept is brilliant, it totally works, is engaging, insightful and informative, and there is not a trace of tricksiness or flash about it.”  Scottish Herald

“With music ranging from hushed inwardness to stormy flashiness, Liszt led a life paralleling his music – and here it is, all bound together in living in music history.” ***** 5 stars Pianist Magazine

Post concert Q & A hosted by tba

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ELÉGIE: Rachmaninoff – A Heart in Exile

Sunday 15th April 2018 at 3.00pm
St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Lucy Parham, piano
Henry Goodman, narrator

Lucy Parham’s most recent Composer Portrait, Elégie, chronicles Rachmaninoff’s exile from Russia and the enduring longing for his homeland. It features many of his finest and poignant solo piano music.

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Lucy Parham‘s trailblazing evening concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.” BBC Music Magazine

Lucy Parham is no ordinary pianist…she has the ability to get inside the personality of the composers whose music she plays and to devise programmes of words and music which enable audiences to share the experience” Seen and Heard International


*All actors featured in this series appear subject to availability.

 


ST. JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE


PLEASE NOTE: The two concerts by the Warri Choral Society of Nigeria on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September have had to been cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. Please refer to the SJSS box office with any queries.


DIMITRI ALEXEEV, piano – 70th Birthday Recital

Thursday 2 November 2017 at 7.30pm
St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Dmitri Alexeev

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This great poet of the piano warmed his brilliantly articulated playing with a ripe, ringing core to each note.” Hilary Finch, The Times

PROGRAMME

CHOPIN: Polonaise-Fantasy Op. 61
SCRIABIN: 24 Preludes Op. 11
SCHUMANN: Études Symphoniques Op 13 and posthumous

“In lyrical and poetic passages the smoothness of his playing, coupled with its fluidity and delicacy, was breathtaking … Alexeev’s sense of colour, of light and shade, and his extraordinary command over the dynamic range, were beguiling. He really does have the lot.” The Glasgow Herald

Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev is one of the world’s most highly regarded artists. His critically praised recitals on the world’s leading concert stages and his concert appearances with the most prestigious orchestras have secured his position as one of “the most remarkable pianists of the day” (Daily Telegraph)

He has performed with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the five London orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic and the Munich Bavarian Radio Orchestra. And with conductors including Ashkenazy, Boulez, Bychkov, Dorati, Gergiev, Giulini, Jansons, Muti, Pappano, Rozhdestvensky, Salonen, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas and the late Klaus Tennstedt to name just a few.

Tickets £20, £16, £14, £10 (Concessions: 20% reduction on top 3 price brackets)

By telephone 020 7222 1061

Online www.sjss.org.uk

Booking fees per transaction: £2.00 by telephone/£1.50 online


PAUL BERKOWITZ, pianoCD Launch

Thursday 9 November 2017 at 7.30pm
St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Paul Berkowitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMME 

SCHUBERT: Sonata in C minor, D958
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A major, D959
SCHUBERT: Sonata in B flat major, D960

Paul Berkowitz has recorded the complete Piano Sonatas of Schubert for Meridian Records to worldwide acclaim. He was described by the Sunday Times as being “in the royal class of Schubert interpreters” and his CD recordings of the Last Three Schubert Piano Sonatas were included among the same newspaper’s Records of the Year. His recording of Schumann’s Kreisleriana was selected by BBC Radio 3 Record Review as the best of all available recordings.

He has also released a series of three CD recordings of Brahms Piano Music.  BBC Music Magazine reviewed Vol. II commenting, “…praise to Meridian, which has in the Canadian pianist Paul Berkowitz an artist who isn’t shy of taking on the kind of repertoire traditionally the preserve of more internationally high-profile artists. Rightly so, for he has a voice, a musicality, a bigness of pianism distinctively his own…his integrity is commanding, his stylistic authority convincing and his refusal merely to play the notes impressive.”

Mr. Berkowitz recently recorded the Schubert Impromptus, Moments Musicaux and other repertoire as the final two volumes of his 9-CD cycle of major works for piano by Schubert for Meridian, which he began in 1984. All earlier volumes are being re-issued along with the two new recordings as The Complete Major Piano Works of Schubert.

Mr. Berkowitz is a graduate of McGill University and of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin. He lived in Britain for 20 years appearing frequently at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall and on the BBC, as a soloist with major orchestras in Britain and Canada and at music festivals in Belgium, Denmark, England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain. Mr. Berkowitz left the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he had been a professor since 1975, to join the music faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, where he is Professor of Piano and served as Chair of the Department of Music 2007-12. He has been invited to present master classes at major conservatories, universities and festivals, and his students have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year (Thomas Adès), the International Piano Competition Palma d’Oro in Italy, the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition in New York, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition.

Tickets £20,  £16,  £14, £10 (Concessions: 20% reduction on top 3 price brackets)

By telephone 020 7222 1061

Online www.sjss.org.uk

Booking fees per transaction: £2.00 by telephone/£1.50 online


 


KINGS PLACE


BLACK PLAYS BACH CONCERTI

Thursday 18 January 2018 at 7.30pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bristol Ensemble (leader: Simon Kodurand)
Virginia Black, piano

PROGRAMME

HAYDN: Symphony No.49 (La Passione)
BACH: Piano Concerto in A major BWV1055
MOZART: Divertimento in F major K138
BACH: Concerto in D minor BWV1052 

Virginia Black has once again delighted audiences with recent recitals in England and Europe comprising principally of works by Bach, Mozart, Scarlatti, Haydn and Schubert, together with some more contemporary works. She has also released a recording of the six Bach Partitas and recordings of Scarlatti and Rameau are in progress.

Virginia made her concert debut as a pianist aged 17 playing Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  She made her debut as a solo recitalist at Wigmore Hall, aged 20, playing the harpsichord, which she studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She has subsequently played at many international festivals, including the Paris festival d’été and the Prague Spring Festival, and pursued a busy worldwide concert, TV, radio and recording schedule.

In December 2013 she released a double CD of the six Bach Partitas (BWV 825 – 830) and in May 2015 a CD of Scarlatti sonatas.

“…a communicative artist, extrovert, colourful, spontaneous but with a deep sense of poetry.” Gramophone

“…Black’s intimate style …yields arresting results…lilting, relaxed and gorgeously inflected.”            Gramophone.com review of Bach Partita CD

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Bristol Ensemble is the city’s only professional orchestra, comprising a core of 25 musicians and a further 50 musicians, all experienced players in a range of musical genres. The Ensemble has flexible configurations, from a piano trio through to full symphony orchestra.

The Ensemble has worked with outstanding international artists and soloists, including Evelyn Glennie, Freddy Kempf, Peter Donohoe, Andrei Gavrilov, Chloë Hanslip, Matthew Barley, Alan Schiller, Willard White, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Andy Shephard, Wayne Marshall, Leslie Garrett, Emma Johnson, Natalia Lomeiko and Jiafeng Chen.

The orchestra is known for collaborations with other art forms including film and media work, as well as its highly acclaimed contemporary music series Elektrostatic at Colston Hall, working with artists such as Gabriel Prokofiev, Juice, Get The Blessing, Charles Johnston, USA group Eighth Blackbird and Bhangra group RSVP.  Through Elektrostatic, Bristol Ensemble has commissioned over 50 new works by British composers.


 


Purcell Room, Southbank Centre


JUDITH JÁUREGUI, piano

Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 7.45pm
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Judith Jáuregui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

GRANADOS: Danzas españolas (No.2 Oriental / No.5 Andaluza)
CHOPIN: Ballade No.1 in G minor Op. 23
DEBUSSY: Estampes (Pagodes / La soirée dans Grenade / Jardins sous la pluie)
DEBUSSY: L’isle joyeuse
MOMPOU: Scènes d’enfants (Cris dans la rue / Jeux sur la plage / Jeu 2 / Jeu 3 Jeunes filles au jardin)SZYMANOWSKI: 9 Preludes Op.1
SCRIABIN: Sonata No.5 Op.53

Combining elegance and exuberance, the celebrated Spanish pianist Judith Jáuregui gives a captivating recital of music that travels from her Spanish roots to French refinement and the musical brightness of Poland and Russia.

Judith Jáuregui, born in San Sebastian in 1985, has been recognised throughout Spain for her pianistic brilliance and individuality, and has also been hailed abroad in countries from France to Japan, Germany to Venezuela and China. Forthcoming engagements include performing in Caracas with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, the Folle Journée de Nantes in France, and at the Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland, where she will be artist in residence next season. In 2013 Jáuregui formed her own record label, BerliMusic, on the latest release of which she explores the artistic links between three of the composers in this recital – Chopin, Scriabin and Szymanowski. Together with the zestful colours and rhythms of Granados and the finesse and sparkle of Debussy, her fascinating choice of programme for her London recital reflects both the openness and the deep insight of her musical personality.”

Tickets: £20, £15, £10


 


 WIGMORE HALL


ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO MASTER COMPETITION
1st PRIZE WINNER’S RECITAL

SZYMON NEHRING, piano

Sunday 3rd December 2017
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP

Szymon Nehring (Photo: Stanley Waterman)

Programme

BEETHOVEN           Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 “Appassionata”
CHOPIN                   Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op.35
SZYMANOWSKI      Mazurkas Op. 50 No. 1,2, 3, 4
SZYMANOWSKI      Variations in B flat minor Op.3
STRAVINSKY          Trois movements de Petrushka


THE KEYBOARD CHARITABLE TRUST
1st PRIZE WINNER’S RECITAL

MARK VINER, piano

Friday 2nd March 2018
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP

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Programme tbc