Finzi’s Piano Concerto – Autumn 2015 News

Looking out towards Derwent Water from the slopes of Skiddaw

Looking out towards Derwent Water from the slopes of Skiddaw

I have just returned from the beautiful Lake District, where I saw not a single piano, probably the first such holiday I have had in years. Out there, usually beyond the range of cell towers, I spent many hours at a stretch with just myself for company; without the ceaseless input of interesting but unnecessary words, it was easier to return more frequently to a semi-meditative state, which complemented my regular morning meditation session. I was lucky that some friends were able to join me too, and we hiked and canoed in the fine weather.

Performances in Autumn

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Ranita Klimach, Paul Milhau, and Duncan Appleby. Photo © Ioannis Theodoridis

There are several dates already fixed for the upcoming term which you can put in your diaries – I shall be performing with my horn trio, named Trio Heitschi Bumbeitschi (you’ll have to attend one of our concerts to find out why!) on the 29th of October in St. John’s, Notting Hill as part of a Piano Trio Festival. The main item on the programme will be Brahms’ massive Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, with its exceptionally difficult piano part. Later that day I’ll be singing in my first concert with the Iken Scholars at St. Mary-le-Bow. The following day I shall be accompanying Joel Williams in a lunchtime recital of English song in Leeds. I worked with Joel on several occasions earlier this year, and he is well worth making an effort to hear; he is a lovely chap so I’m looking forward to working with him again.

First performance as concerto soloist

Eclogue (piano concerto) - Gerald Finzi

Finally, I’m very excited to announce that I shall be playing the solo part of Finzi’s Eclogue with the Edinburgh University String Orchestra on Saturday the 21st of November. I played cello with them in my gap year before moving to London, and am thrilled to be playing with an orchestra as soloist for the first time, especially with such gorgeous music. The Eclogue (a name given posthumously by the publisher) is believed to have been intended as the slow movement of a piano concerto. Finzi was unable to finish it before he died, and the rest of the material was published under the name Grande Fantasia and Toccata.
Since I’ll be in the area, I’ll also be singing with Octavoce the following evening in one of the St. Giles at 6 concerts.
That’s it for now in terms of single events – however, after auditioning at short notice before travelling up to Edinburgh at the beginning of August, I’m happy to have been offered the post of Tenor Lay Clerk at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark, and am enjoying the prospect of singing regularly again.

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