James Lisney... petits concerts VI
Monday 1 April 2019
Tickets by donation:
£17.50 early bird discount (before 1 March)
£12.50 student discount
The sixth of six 'petits concerts', curated by James Lisney, raising funds for musical/education charities. The title is taken from the annual series of recitals given by Charles-Valentin Alkan at the Erard showroom in Paris during the 1870s.
CONRAD WILLIAMS piano
Fille aux Cheveux de Lin
La Puerta del Vino
Jardin sous la Pluie
Etude in A flat major, Op.25 No.1 (Aeolian Harp)
Granados – from Goyescas:
Quejas, o La Maja y el Ruiseñor
How peaceful! Transcription for piano.
JAMES LISNEY piano and narrator*
Enoch Arden, Op.38; A Melodrama after Alfred Lord Tennyson*
The Amber Trust was founded in 1995 to help blind and partially sighted children across the UK who have a talent or love for music. Our vision is for blind and partially sighted children, including those with additional disabilities, to have the best possible chance to meet their musical needs and aspirations and fulfil their potential.
From 2pm on concert days, James Lisney offers a piano clinic with all proceeds benefiting The Amber Trust.
Application through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conrad Williams author website
Conrad Williams was weaned in Winnipeg and lives in Willesden Green (mainly for the sake of alliteration). He read English and Law at Trinity, Cambridge, and qualified as a barrister before defecting to the creative realm as novelist and literary agent. He is the author of three novels published by Bloomsbury: Sex and Genius (“supremely intelligent and intense” Publishing news), Unfinished Business (“a superb writer” Miami Herald) and The Concert Pianist (“ Savagely acute…Would-be concert pianists should steel themselves before reading this book” Bryce Morrison, Gramophone), and he has penned sundry articles for Pianist Magazine.
As Head of Media at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, Conrad represents scriptwriters, directors and book-into-film rights, and he alternates a velvet glove editorial touch with the negotiator's iron fist.
Conrad triangulates the worldliness of agenting and the time-incinerating craft of writing with a passion for the piano. His collection of LPs and CDs boasts an insane 20 recordings of the Chopin Studies, endless B minor Sonatas, and a growing wedge of ‘Iberias’ - Spanish piano music being the latest craze. He has been honoured to perform on five occasions in Lucy Parham's celebrity amateur Coffee Concerts at King's Place.
James Lisney curator/pianist website
James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his Schubertreise series at London's SouthBank Centre, and his extensive Beethoven Project for the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.
James Lisney made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986 and early representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London led to a career that has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras. Highlights include residencies at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York.
James Lisney's repertoire ranges from baroque masterpieces to music of the present day. In the past decade, the music of Schubert and Beethoven have been a central pre-occupation (in performance and in recordings) and he regularly presents cycles of the piano sonatas and relevant chamber music. His recordings (on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton) have gained the highest recommendations. Recent months have seen him performing Schubert cycles in the Oxford International Piano Series, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the first Schubert piano sonata cycles on the Indian subcontinent and his recital debut at the Prague Rudolfinum.