James Lisney... petits concerts launch
Monday 5 November 2018
Tickets by donation: £25
The launch of six ‘petits concerts’, curated by James Lisney, raising funds for musical/educational charities. The title is taken from the annual series of recitals given by Charles-Valentin Alkan at the Erard showroom from 1873.
The first season continues on 10 December with a recital of Chopin and Schubert from James Lisney
MARK ZARB-ADAMI piano
Alexander Scriabin Piano sonata No.2, Op.19
Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D, BWV1004
César Franck Prelude, Chorale et Fugue, FWV 21
OPHELIA GORDON piano
Claude Debussy Feux-d’artifice (Préludes Book II)
Robert Schumann Kreisleriana, Op.16
Percy Grainger In Dahomey ‘Cakewalk Smasher'
Mark Zarb-Adami was born in London to Maltese parents and began learning the piano at a young age. When he was eleven years old, he gained a scholarship to the junior department of the Royal College of Music where he studied piano with Alan Rowlands and the oboe with Rachel Ingleton. While there, he was principal oboist in the symphony orchestra and played in big London venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall with the National Youth Orchestra and other ensembles. He seemed destined for a musical career but chose instead to read Physics and Computer Science at Clare College, Cambridge. After university, Mark pursued a career in computer graphics. The highlight of his career was winning a BAFTA for artistic achievement in 2014.
More recently, Mark has started to rekindle his musical ambitions and return to his first love - the piano. He regularly participates in masterclasses and holds a licentiate in piano performance and is currently working towards a fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music.
Ophelia Gordon began her musical life from a young age, and was just 3 years old when she started learning to play the piano. After specialising in music at the Brit school, Ophelia then went on to study music at City University London, graduating in 2013. She now teaches piano at several schools in Surrey and is working towards her FTCL piano performance diploma. Ophelia is dedicated to performing regularly and participating in various competitions around the UK.
As well as the piano, Ophelia also plays the classical guitar, double bass and violin, and has toured to South Africa, Germany, Prague, France and Spain with various orchestras and ensembles.
Ophelia currently studies the piano with Richard Deering and has received masterclasses from Leslie Howard, Eugen Indjic and Graham Fitch. Her other passions in life include martial arts, in which she received a black belt in kickboxing in 2015. Ophelia is also a member of the committee for the Croydon Performing Arts Festival, where she directs the guitar and woodwind & brass sections.
James Lisney curator/pianist website
James Lisney will be giving piano lessons on the afternoon prior to each concert, with all funds going to the relevant charity.
Applications through email@example.com
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. www.ambertrust.org