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Emperor: Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto

Tuesday 29 September 2020

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Programme

Beethoven – Symphony No 8 in F
Haydn – String Quartet Op 76 No 3 in C ‘Emperor’
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat ‘Emperor’

Piccadilly Sinfonia
Warren Mailley-Smith Piano
Tom Fetherstonhaugh Conductor

The Piccadilly Sinfonia finishes their five-concert series that celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The final concert in the series, Emperor, features Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and his Fifth Piano Concerto, the Emperor Concerto. Rounding out the concert is a renowned work by one of Beethoven’s teachers, Franz Joseph Haydn, his Emperor Quartet, which famously provided the melody for Germany’s national anthem.

Explore the fate of a man who composed for princes and kings, who ushered in a new era in classical music becoming its hero, and is remembered today as an emperor among men, one of the greatest composers of all time.

Performers

The Piccadilly Sinfonia was formed in 2018 and during its debut season was made resident orchestra at St James’ Church, Piccadilly, with a packed schedule of concerts in 2019-20 in London, Manchester and further afield. Launched under the artistic direction of British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, the orchestra is formed from some the UK’s leading young professional talent, with notable guest leaders so far having included violinists Zoe Beyers and Harriet Mackenzie. Their repertoire draws largely from a wide range of baroque and classical works for chamber orchestra including a number of virtuoso concerti.

In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series at several venues in 2020. He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he regularly gives over 60 solo performances a year.  His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA.

He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Warren’s recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC.  He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 12-disc set for Sleeveless Records. He is also an active chamber musician and is the Artistic Director of the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series and The Piccadilly Sinfonia. He is a graduate in Law from the University of Warwick.

Tom Fetherstonhaugh is a British conductor. Described as ‘a spark to watch’ by BBC Radio 3, his recent projects include a concert for peace in the Korean Demilitarised Zone, the development of a new piano concerto with players from the Ulster Orchestra and assisting Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Academy of Music. Tom is the founder and Artistic Director Fantasia Orchestra, a young orchestra of exciting talent. Their concerts have won great acclaim, with The ArtsDesk calling the strings section ‘already a thing of wonder’. With Fantasia, Tom has performed a wide range of symphonic repertoire as well as many world premiers. Soloists who have worked with the orchestra include Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Hana Mizuta-Spencer and Harry Baker. In 2019 the orchestra gave its debut at the Proms at St Jude’s festival and in 2020 debuts in the Cambridge Summer Music Festival with violinist Alena Baeva.

In 2019 Tom worked with players from the Ulster Orchestra for the first time, workshopping a new piano concerto. Working alongside piano soloist Clare Hammond, the musicians played Piers Hellawell’s new concerto Rapprochement. Tom made his debut in Asia in 2019, performing in the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) with the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra. Entitled ‘One Harmony’, the festival promotes peace between the Koreas through music, and the performance included a collaboration with the National Children’s Chorus of America.

Tom has a close relationship with the Oxford Chamber Music Festival as a conductor. In 2018 he conducted the festival’s opening concert, working alongside soloists Alena Baeva, Priya Mitchell and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. In 2017 he was assistant conductor for Jarman’s double concerto for Dame Evelyn Glennie and Hugo Ticciati, ‘Mindstream’. Tom was conductor and Artistic Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta for two years, a chamber orchestra comprised of the university’s best instrumentalists. Together they performed works including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor (the first ever student performance), Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony no. 2, as well as a number of the Beethoven Symphonies.

As well as the Fantasia Orchestra, Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra, Oxford University Sinfonietta and the orchestra of the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Tom has conducted players from the Ulster Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, Leicester Symphony Orchestra, Hereford Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Junior Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia, Senior Orchestra and Main Choir, the orchestra of the Pro Corda Senior Course, the choir of Merton College, Oxford, and, aged 13, the choristers of Westminster Abbey on their tour to Russia.

Tom was a chorister of Westminster Abbey where he sang for many state occasions, including performing the solo at the 2011 Royal Wedding. He read music at Merton College, Oxford, where he held academic and organ scholarships and graduated with a First. At Oxford he studied conducting with Roland Melia, and is now studying with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music, where he holds the Julien Award.

Dates, Times & Book

Tue 29 Sep 7:30 PM £29/£25/£18/£13/£9 Book

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