HARROW SUMMER MUSIC 2016

CONCERT 1

Thursday, June 30th, 12.30pm, St John’s Church, Greenhill, Harrow

THE GENIUS OF BILLY MAYERL – THE HAPPY, JAZZY PIANO

Billy Mayerl                           Marigold (1927)
                                       Harp of the Winds (1939)
                                       Mistletoe (1935)
                                       Puppets Suite (1927)
                                       Ace of Hearts (1933)
                                       Evening Primrose (1945)
				       Jack-in-the-Box (1926)
                                       Sleepy Piano (1926)
                                       Antiquary (1926)
                                       Sweet William (1938)
                                       Honky-Tonk (1928)
                                       From a Spanish Lattice (1938)
                                       Robots (1928)
                                       Railroad Rhythm (1938)

STEVE LAW  piano

A tribute to the brilliant English composer, pianist and broadcaster Billy Mayerl, acknowledged master of novelty piano and light music. Steve Law plays a selection of Mayerl’s most inventive and delightful piano music from his famous Marigold of 1927 and Railroad Rhythm (1938) to rarities like Puppets Suite and Robots. Virtuosic jazzy stride piano is fused with English lyricism. A rare chance to hear this wonderful, uplifting and nostalgic music from the 1920s and 1930s.

CONCERT 2

Thursday, July 14th, 12.30pm, St John’s Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Puccini                    Chi il bel sogno di Doretta

Frank Bridge               Come to me in my Dreams
                           Love went a-riding

Liszt                      Die Lorelei

Rachmaninoff               O, don’t sing to me 
                           The Lilacs
                           How fair this place
                           Spring Waters

Neil Crossland             Do not stand at my grave and weep
                           Dream within a Dream
                           How do I love thee

Donizetti                  Ah! Tardai troppo… O luce di quest’ anima

NINA KOPPARHED (soprano)
NEIL CROSSLAND (piano)

Beautiful songs by Rachmninoff, Liszt, Frank Bridge and Neil Crossland. As a composer, Neil Crossland is known for his original but accessible style. ‘Music rages in him and his breed is rare’ – The Standard.

CONCERT 3

Thursday, July 21st, 12.30pm, St John’s Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Chopin                    24 Preludes for piano, Op.28
Saint-Saens               Valse Nonchalante Op 110
                          Valse Langoureuse Op 120
Prokofiev                 selections from Romeo & Juliet

HARUKO SEKI  piano

Haruko Seki performs all 24 of Chopin’s Preludes from Op.28. An  unforgettable journey through every major and minor key and a myriad of emotions. Biographer Jeremy Nicholas writes that “Even on their own, the 24 Preludes would have ensured Chopin’s claim to immortality.”

There is also beautiful music from Saint-Saens and one of the greatest 20th Century ballets – Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

“Bathed in tonal beauty” The Times.

CONCERT 4

Thursday, July 28th, 12.30pm, St John’s Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Beethoven             Sonata in C minor Op.13 'Pathetique'
                      Piano Sonata No.14 in C# minor op.27 no.2 'Moonlight'
Liszt                 Funerailles
 
NEIL CROSSLAND  piano

Neil Crossland performs Beethoven’s famous ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Appasionata’ Sonatas and music by Brahms.

‘If Beethoven had not written all his piano music with himself in mind, he might happily have written it for Neil Crossland’ The Guardian.

CONCERT 5

Thursday, August 11th, 12.30pm, St John’s Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Puccini              Quando m’en vo (La Boheme)
                     O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
                     Un bel Di vedremo (Madame Butterfly)
Mozart               O, Zittre nicht mein lieber Sohn (Die Zauberflote) 
Ysaye                Suite no. 3 for solo violin: Ballade
Leclair              Sonata, Op.3 No.2 for two violins 
Mark Wilson          The Lone Shieling (Canadian Boat Song), Heart of my                             Heart, White in the Moon
NINA KOPPARHED soprano
MARK WILSON piano and violin

CONCERT 6

Thursday, August 25th, 12.30pm, St John’s Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Beethoven                           Violin Sonata No. 9 'Kreutzer Sonata'
Neil Crossland                      Violin Concerto

MARK WILSON violin
NEIL CROSSLAND  piano

Beethoven’s wonderful Kreutzer Sonata for violin and piano is coupled with Neil Crossland’s brilliant Violin Concerto.

CONCERT 7

Thursday, September 8th, 12.30pm, St John’s Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Bach       Partita 2: Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue
Bach 	   Partita 3: Prelude, Gavote en Rondeau, Gigue
Paganini   Caprices 5 & 9
Beethoven  Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26 - I: Andante  con variazioni *
Kreisler   Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice

TUDOR TRITA  violin (and piano)*