September 10, 2008

Beverley Festival’s Musical Mix

"I have always thought of the piano as an orchestra," says John Lill.

"And I have always worked to bring out the full colour and range of the instrument - too many pianists play as if they are using a typewriter."

Acclaimed as the leading British pianist of his generation, John is well placed to judge his abilities at the keyboard.

The veteran of a career which stretches across five decades - and some 3,500 concerts - his concert launches this year's Beverley Chamber Music Festival.

John will be performing at St Mary's, Hengate, on Wednesday, September 24, with a programme which includes Mozart's Sonata in F K 332, Schumann's Carnval Op 9 and Chopin's Ballade in F minor Op 52.

The concert at the Medieval town centre church introduces a varied programme at the festival, which runs at the venue until Saturday, September 27.

Martin Roscoe, the festival's artistic director, said: "We are delighted that John Lill is coming to the festival, and the concert is sure to be a treat.

"This time last year, the festival's future was seriously in doubt after the Arts Council of England withdrew their funding. But thanks to a number of generous donations we have managed to continue. We hope that this year's festival will attract a large audience."

Among the other musicians are the Cropper Welsh Roscoe Trio - who will perform a survey of Beethoven's piano trios over three lunchtime concerts - and the young violinist Matthew Trusler who plays works by Mozart, Grieg and Prokofiev on Thursday, September 25.

Also appearing - on Friday, September 26 - is the Leopold String Trio, with a programme of Schubert, Taneyev and Brahms. Closing the festival, on Saturday, September 27, the Brass Quintet of Opera North will perform works by Stravinsky, Previn and Speer.

This performance by one of Yorkshire's best brass ensembles is a run through of music from the 17th to the 20th century - including Bernstein's West Side Story Suite.

John Lill appears on Wednesday, September 24, 7.30pm at St Mary's Church, Beverley. Tickets cost pounds6-pounds14, call Beverley Tourist Information Centre on (01482) 391672.

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