Now that I have settled in my new home, new city and new school, I have finally had the chance to update my agenda. There are some interesting projects coming up!
First of all, there is a Fauré project organised by pianist Marc Verter. The concert will be staged in a typical late 19th-century French saloon style in which the audience can enjoy Fauré’s songs, poetry of his contemporaries and a selection of his early piano works. As well as accompanying a couple of songs, I will play the first Nocturne in this concert, celebrating one of my favourite composers.
I am also very happy to be performing with my dear friends Trio Carino again in May! On the day before the Dutch national holocaust commemoration, Susanne, Danna and I will take part in a performance of “Annelies” by British composer James Whitbourn. This haunting piece, for soprano, choir, clarinet and piano trio, was based on Anne Frank’s diary. The concert will take place in Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands.
Back in England, there are two more Guildhall projects culminating in a performance in the school. One about French piano duos and duets, led by Guildhall professor Noriko Agawa, during which I will perform Debussy’s “Six Épigraphes Antiques” together with my fellow Guildhall piano student Pierre Riley. The other is a collaboration between students of the strings, piano and composing departments. Led by renowned musicians Marcus Barcham-Stevens and Roderick Chadwick, the project will result in a concert during which newly composed pieces for piano and strings duo will be performed in the Lecture Recital Room of the Guildhall School.
Finally, although it is still a long way away, the time and date for my MMus final recital have already been set. Unfortunately it will take place quite early in the morning – for musicians’ standards, that is – but nevertheless, I am very much looking forward to playing a 50 minute solo recital in the beautiful concert hall of Milton Court! The program: Beethoven op.109, Liszt Funérailles, and three beautiful Études by Debussy.
Please see Agenda for times and places!