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Pianists' celebrate John McCabe at 75 in Birmingham

The British composer and pianist John McCabe will be 75 on April 21, and across the year a number of events have already been announced to mark his anniversary. On Monday April 28th Birmingham Conservatoire reflects the enthusiasms and influences that have helped shape his creativity and also presents a selection of his finest piano works. The programme comprises a Haydn Sonata performed by the student who wins the Conservatoire Haydn Piano Sonata Prize; McCabe: Aubade performed by Benjamin Pau; Five Bagatelles performed by Yi Pui Chan; Gaudi performed by Ting-Fang Luo. John Ireland: Sonatine performed by Chuen-An Chern; Liszt: La Lugubre Gondola 1 and McCabe’s Tenebrae performed by Mark Bebbington.

 

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Kirkman Concert Society Events

The Kirkman Concert Society has announced further recitals in its on-going series of concerts at Wigmore Hall. April 21 at 7.30pm - Jonathan McGovern (baritone), Tim Lowe (cello), James Cheung (piano), James Baillieu (piano) The programme starts with songs by Mahler, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg followed by Richard Strauss's cello sonata; The second half comprises three Tchaikovsky pieces arranged for cello and piano and a varied selection of Rachmaninov Songs. 

May 25 at 7.30pm Y-Squared - Yelian He (cello), Yasmin Rowe (piano) Noted for their exceptionally creative programming and electric partnership, Y-Squared performs a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Boccherini to Kapustin. Since its conception, the duo has performed all over Europe and Australasia, generating a worldwide following. Upcoming recitals in 2014 include performances Bridgewater Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as tours in Wales, Scotland and Australia.

July 18 at 7.00pm Cavaleri Quartet, Winners of the First Prize at the 2012 Hamburg Competition, return to Wigmore Hall having recently made their debut at Vienna's Musikverein and completed a major tour of New Zealand and Australia. This is their first appearance at Wigmore Hall since appointing Martyn Jackson as first violin, with a contrasting programme of Mozart, Adès and Schubert.

 

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Medtner Day at Guildhall School of Music and Drama Silk Street, Barbican, London

Medtner Day on May 22 is a one-day festival dedicated to the artistic output of Russian pianist-composer Nikolai Medtner.

Musicians from Guildhall School of Music and Drama will be performing solo piano works, songs and chamber music by this enigmatic composer. Having lived in England for the last 16 years of his life, Medtner was well known in the UK through his performances at the Proms and his recordings for the BBC and HMV.

The underlying idea of Medtner Day in 2014 is to bring the attention of modern day audiences back to this outstanding artist. The programme of the Day: 1pm - lunchtime concert; 3pm - masterclass by Hamish Milne (RAM); 5:45pm - pre-concert talk by Francis Pott (University of West London); 7pm - evening concert (Piano Quintet, Sonata tragica, selection of Tales, songs and Russian Round Dance for two pianos).

Admission free. This event is curated by DMA student Alexander Karpeyev.

 

 

 

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The Richard Lewis Trust

In 2014 the music profession celebrates the centenary of the birth of Richard Lewis CBE, international tenor, on May 10th. There will be a special concert at The Royal Academy of Music, where the annual Richard Lewis vocal competition takes place (one of the biggest prizes in the country at £14,000, and now in its 14th year) Winners have included Emma Bell, Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Allan Clayton, Rodney Clarke, Clara Mouritz, Roberto Ortiz among others.

 

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