Anthony Hewitt (piano)

Pianist Anthony Hewitt

Saturday 11 March 2017

7pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Programme:

Claude Debussy: Images Book 1 (15′)
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit (25′)
Stephen Goss: Piano Cycle (2012) (10′)
Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (30)

Anthony Hewitt – pianist
“Command and Understanding” – The Guardian
“A remarkably gifted artist” – Gramophone
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s finest pianists, and since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington D.C, has enjoyed a prolific career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A., and the English Chamber Orchestra at London’s  Royal Festival Hall. He has performed regularly at Wigmore Hall, at festivals worldwide, and has received critical acclaim for recordings on Naxos, Divine Art, Champs Hill Records, and recently recorded for Decca.
Anthony enjoys a diverse musical life as founding Artistic Director of the Ulverston International Music Festival, Visiting Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, and enthusiastic chamber musician. The latest CD of his Dimension Piano Trio was described in
The Sunday Times as “…played with a rare richness and depth” and in
2015 he released the complete piano préludes of Aleksandr Skryabin.
In 2012 he gained the admiration of the music world and beyond by cycling 1200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats–the entire length of the UK – and performing a concert every night, raising over £13,000 for charity.
Twitter: @olympianist
Anthony Hewitt concert poster

Future concerts in the series will take place on Saturday 24 June and Saturday 23 September 2017. Performers to be announced.

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Tzu-Yin Huang (piano)

Saturday 24th September 2016
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

1st Prizewinner in the 2016 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Programme:

Scarlatti Sonatas in D major K118, and D minor K213
Beethoven Sonata in A major, Op.2, No.2
Ginestera Danzas argentinas Op.2, Nos. 2 and 3
Schubert Sonata in B flat major, D.960

Tickets £12/£8 (concessions) on sale online from 24 August
or by cash/cheque (payable to St Cuthbert’s Hampstead PCC)
may be sent to 36 Agamemnon Road, NW6 1EN

Tzu-Yin Huang began playing the piano at the age of four in Taiwan. As an outstanding solo performer, as well as a sensitive chamber musician, she has experience performing great music with amazing instrumentalists. As an active pianist, she also plays piano in orchestras and contemporary ensembles. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in piano solo performance and chamber music.  And now she is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Michigan studying with Prof. Louis Nagel.

Miss Huang has received numerous awards and has won the NTNU Piano Concerto Competition in Taiwan, the Yamaha Piano Competition and Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition in 2016. She has received scholarships from National Taiwan Normal University for her undergraduate work and fellowship from the University of Michigan for both master and doctoral degrees.

Miss Huang believes that sharing music with her true heart and joy enables her to touch people’s souls.  This is the secret to being a music magician!

 

Elena Urioste (violin) and Tom Poster (piano)

Saturday 4th June at 7pm 

Doors open at 6:30pm

Programme

Elena Urioste

Schubert: Sonatina in D major, D. 384
Prokofiev: sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
Elgar: Sonata in E minor, Op. 82
Selected song transcriptions

Tickets £12/£8 on sale online or by cash/cheque (payable to st Cuthbert’s Hampstead PCC send to 36 Agamemnon Road, NW6 1EN)

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ELENA URIOSTE, recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and featured on the cover of Symphony magazine, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chicago, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras.

Abroad, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Würzburg Philharmonic, Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestra, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. She has performed recitals in such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, and the Mondavi Center at the University of California-Davis.

An avid chamber musician as well as soloist, Elena has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival.

Elena’s 2015/16 season highlights include debuts with the San Francisco, Alabama, Kitchener-Waterloo, South Florida, and Des Moines Symphony Orchestras; returns to the Knoxville, Tucson, and Amarillo Symphony Orchestras and the Heartland Festival Orchestra; and residencies at the Roman River Festival in England, Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau in Germany, and Sedona Chamber Music WinterFest in Arizona.

Elena made her acting debut in the independent feature film But Not For Me, written and directed by Ryan J. Carmichael, as the lead female role of Hope. The film premiered at the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival and won the award for

Best Original Score, to which Elena contributed.

Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and completed graduate studies at The Juilliard School. She plays an Alessandro Gagliano violin and a Nicolas Kittel bow, both on generous extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Tom Poster

TOM POSTER is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire. Recently signed to Edition Classics for a series of solo albums, he has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as possessing “velvet-tipped sonority” (Gramophone) and “great authority and astounding virtuosity” (Est Républicain). Tom studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007 and the keyboard sections of the Royal Over-Seas League and BBC Young Musician of the Year Competitions in 2000.
Tom has performed more than 40 concertos ranging from Bach to Ligeti with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, China National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic, under conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, James Loughran, En Shao, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Tom features regularly on BBC radio and television and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms. He has given solo recitals at the Brighton, City of London, Edinburgh, Presteigne and Spoleto Festivals, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. As pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists), he has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall and the Aldeburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals. Tom’s chamber music collaborators include Alison Balsom, Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis, Guy Johnston and Elena Urioste, and he has performed piano quintets with the Brodsky, Carducci, Danish, Elias, Endellion, Heath, Martinu, Medici, Navarra, Sacconi, Skampa and Tippett Quartets.

Tom has recorded for Champs Hill Records, Chandos, Decca Classics, EMI, Sonimage and Warner Classics, and has recently been signed to Edition Classics for a series of solo discs. He is also a successful composer and arranger.

 

2016 Master Concerts series announced

We are delighted to announce details of the 2016 Fordwych Master Concerts series.

Saturday 5 March

An exhibition of paintings by Moray Welsh who will then give a cello recital at 7:30pm with Caroline Palmer (piano).  Their programme will include: 
Schumann Adagio and Allegro Op 70
Debussy Sonata in D minor
Beethoven  Sonata in A major Op 69
Rachmaninov  Sonata In G minor Op 19
Tickets for admission to the exhibition and the concert will be on sale online from 6 February.  Price, unreserved £13, £8 (under 21/ benefits). Alternatively cheques (payable to St Cuthbert’s Hampstead PCC) may be sent to 36 Agamemnon Road, NW6 1EN.
Please note: we would appreciate proof of entitlement being shown for the admittance of those claiming concessions.

Saturday 4th June

A recital by Elena Urioste (violin) and Tom Poster (piano)
Schubert Violin Sonatina in D major, D. 384
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82
Various Song transcriptions

Saturday 24th September

A recital by a prizewinner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition
 
Tickets for the above two concerts will be £12, £8 (under 21/ benefits).  Tickets for ALL THREE MASTER CONCERTS will be available at £30 for the series.

 

Piers Lane

Saturday 26 September 2015 at 7pm

Piers Lane
Piers Lane (photo: Keith Saunders)

Mozart – Sonata in B-flat, K.333
Beethoven – Sonata in F minor, Op.57 “Appassionata”
Chopin – Four Scherzi: No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20; No.2 in B flat minor Op.31; No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39 and No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

Tickets £15 in advance online or by cheque. See the tickets page to purchase tickets.

 

Ahead of the recital, here is a selection of CDs featuring Piers Lane:

WILLIAMSON – The Complete Piano Concertos (CD cover)
WILLIAMSON – The Complete Piano Concertos
Piers Lane Goes to Town (CD cover)
Piers Lane Goes to Town
Eugen d’Albert – SOLO PIANO MUSIC (CD cover)
Eugen d’Albert – SOLO PIANO MUSIC

Piers Lane

Saturday 26 September 2015 at 7pm

Piers Lane
Piers Lane (photo: Keith Saunders)


Mozart – Sonata in B-flat, K.333
Beethoven – Sonata in F minor, Op.57 “Appassionata”
Chopin – Four Scherzi

Tickets £15 in advance online or by post.

If you would like to be informed when booking opens, please contact us.

Biography

“No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance.”
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and a sold-out performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras including the BBC and ABC orchestras; the American, Bournemouth and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, City of London Sinfonia, and the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras among many others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Litton, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marko Letonja, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Antoni Wit.

He frequently performs at prestigious festivals: Aldeburgh, Bard, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, Consonances, Huntington, La Roque d’Anthéron, Newport, Prague Spring, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Schloss vor Husum and the Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdroj, Mallorca and Paris, among them.

Piers Lane has recently been appointed as the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. He has been the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music since 2007 and also directed the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London from its inception in 2006 until 2013. From this sprang his collaboration with actress Patricia Routledge on a theatre piece devised by Nigel Hess, exploring Dame Myra’s work throughout the Second World War. This show, entitled “Admission: One Shilling”, has been performed over 70 times, throughout the UK at many festivals and theatres and most recently throughout Australia and Belgium.

Piers Lane’s discography of over 50 CDs includes much admired recordings of rare Romantic piano concertos, the complete Preludes and Études by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Strauss, along with complete collections of concert études by Saint-Saens, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. With the Goldner String Quartet, he has recorded Piano Quintets by Bloch, Bridge, Dvorak, Harty, Elgar, Taneyev, Arensky and Pierné. During the 2013/14 season, Hyperion released his most recent solo recording, “Piers Lane goes to Town” and the six works for piano and orchestra by Malcolm Williamson, while ABC Classics released two Mozart Concertos.

Piers Lane is in great demand as a collaborative artist. He continues his longstanding partnership with violinist Tasmin Little, clarinettist Michael Collins and the Goldner String Quartet. He has performed extensively with singers Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Yvonne Kenny, and Markus Schäfer and has collaborated with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg, Brett Dean, the Australian, Doric, Kodály, Medici, New Budapest, New Zealand, Prazak and RTE Vanbrugh String Quartets, and pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Hamish Milne, Kathryn Stott and Kathron Sturrock.

Many composers have written for Piers Lane and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch and Malcolm Williamson, among others. He gave the first performance in modern times of Parry’s Piano Concerto and Harty’s Piano Quintet, and has made many first recordings, including Elgar’s Impromptu, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Malcolm Williamson’s fourth Piano Concerto. He gave the centenary performance at the Proms of Sir Arthur Bliss’s Piano Concerto and, with the American Symphony and Leon Botstein, New York performances of Bliss and Czerny at Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center and Frank Bridge’s Phantasm at Carnegie Hall.

Piers Lane has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the popular 54-part series, The Piano. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University, and now also an Honorary Doctorate from James Cook University, Townsville, Qld., Australia. He was recently presented with the first medal from the Laza Kostic fund for promoting Serbian culture during difficult political times in the late 90s. In 1994, he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a Professor from 1989 to 2007. He is President of the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK, Patron of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Old Granary Studio in Norfolk, the Tait Memorial Trust in London, the Youth Music Foundation of Australia and the Music Teachers’ Association and the Accompanists’ Guild in Queensland. He is a Trustee of the Hattori Foundation in London and Vice-President of Putney Music Club. In the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts as pianist, mentor and organiser.

Visit Piers Lane’s website

Scipione Sangiovanni

Saturday 13 June 2015 at 7pm

Scipione Sangiovanni, Second prize winner in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition presents a programme including his own arrangement of Summer and Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Programme:

Scarlatti – Sonata K247 in C# minor; Toccata in D minor

Beethoven – Sonata opus 27, no 2 “Moonlight”

Bach – Busoni – Ciaccona in D minor BVD 1004

Vivaldi – Sangiovanni – Summer and Winter from The Four Seasons

Mozart – Liszt – Reminiscences de Don Juan

Admission free (Suggested donation £10-£12)