Upcoming Concerts

17/05/2021 Wigmore Hall London

A welcome, a very welcome start albeit tentative to this year. A recital in one of the most loved and special venues in the world. How lucky we are!

The last three Beethoven Piano Sonatas.
Op 109 in E, Op 110 in A flat, and Op 111 in C minor.
Myself. My very first concert in a very long time...like most of my dear friends and colleagues these last 13 months have been a very strange and difficult time, a time of uncertainty, loneliness and despair. As we ease gradually out of this lockdown, and ease ourselves into the very lives we have been so accustomed to, let us not forget all the loved and dear ones we have lost in this awful pandemic.
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17/06/2021 St James Church in Picadilly

A very welcome return visit to this lovely venue. There will be 2 performances of the same programme with audience seating depending on the latest Government guidelines.  First performance at 18:00, then at 20:30.

Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Mozart Sonata in D K 576
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Myself. An interesting juxtaposition of Debussy, Ravel and Mozart.
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19/06/2021 St Martins in the Fields

A wonderful opportunity to hear one of the greatest works in the Chamber repertoire, in the magnificent surroundings of St Martins in the Fields.

Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time Myself.
Sacha Rattle, Clarinet
Michael Trainor, violin
Jessie Ann Richardson, cello
The programme is billed as Melvyn and Friends but it really is a Chamber work to end all Chamber works and every one of us has a very poignant role in this gigantic milestone of a piece. It will be a treat to be working with such wonderful musicians.
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25/06/2021 Charleston Farmhouse, Sussex

A small series of readings and music created by Paul Boucher and myself entitled Music and Word at Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex. With present restrictions hopefully beginning to lift, we are hoping to present another evening of this series. The theme for this event is based around John Cage, both his music and his writings, and the music which influenced his unique volume of piano works. Other musical excerpts will include Satie and Scarlatti, and writings by EM Forster, Tagore, Satie to name but a few! Do check with the Charleston website for times and any changes to this event.

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A selection of pieces from John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes written for a 'prepared' piano, with other works by Scarlatti and Satie both of whom had a considerable influence on Cage's work. This will be intertwined with extracts of writings by Cage himself, Satie, EM Forster and Tagore, amongst others. Myself. Both pianos will be on stage. The 'prepared' piano as specified by Cage of his piano pieces, and a more normal instrument familiar to all!
We are so happy to welcome again Joely Richardson as our reader for this evening's event.
A wonderful chance to hear and be immersed in the unique sound world of John Cage's music interlaced with more known works by Satie and Scarlatti on a regular piano. Its not often one can have both on stage. Coupled with reading excerpts from some of the authors mentioned perviously, this will make for a truly fascinating evening. Audiences will be welcome to come 'inspect' the prepared piano after the performance to see and discover how John Cage managed to change a piano into something totally exotic and fun at the same time!!
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08/07/2021 The Forum, Bath

A rare treat to hear two of Mozart’s most ravishing and buoyant piano concertos No 21 in C Major and No 23 in A major, in the Forum Theatre in the city of Bath.

http://www.bathphil.co.uk

Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 K467 in C Major
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 K488 in A Major
Myself performing the 2 Mozart concertos with members of the Bath Philharmonia. One normally gets asked to do one Mozart Piano Concerto for a concert, but to get such a wonderful chance to do two....I can't wait!!
And it's two of my absolutely favourite Mozart Piano Concertos!! Bring it on!!
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10/07/2021 Boughton House Northamptonshire

A recital to mark the return of the Oundle Festival in the truly magnificent surroundings of Boughton House, one of the great country houses. Please check with the Festival website for bookings and times.

http://www.oundlefestival.org.uk

Beethoven Sonata in A flat Op 110
Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op 26
Myself. Music set in such wonderful surroundings is always a huge treat. Lets hope for a balmy summer evening.
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22/07/2021 The Church at Alfriston

As part of the South Downs Music Festival held in the picturesque village of Alfriston, I am delighted to return this year to perform. The programme will consist of 2 halves, and depending on social restrictions and guidelines, will either be performed as a whole, or in 2 parts. Please do check with the Festival website for the latest information.

http://www.southdownssummermusic.co.uk

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 in G arranged for Piano and String Quartet.
Schubert 4 Impromptus D935
Myself and the Benyounes String Quartet. Alfriston is one of the loveliest villages in East Sussex and what a lovely way to spend en evening or afternoon listening to music and enjoying the South Downs!
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14/08/2021 South Creake Church North Norfolk

A very welcome return to this lovely special venue and Festival directed by my very dear friends Simon Rowland Jones and Barry Cheeseman.

http://northnorfolkmusicfestival.com

Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Selected pieces by Louis and François Couperin
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Chopin Ballade No 1 in G minor
Chopin Scherzo No 4
Chopin Ballade No 4 in F minor
Myself. A very welcome return to this lovely Festival. There will also be a series of Masterclasses conducted by Simon Rowland Jones and myself the week before with concerts by the participants at the end of the week. Please consult the Festival website for exact dates as they may change.
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