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Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 by Candlelight

Thursday 25 July 2019

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Bach – Air ‘on the G String’
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No 2
Beethoven – Symphony No 5
The Piccadilly Sinfonia
Warren Mailley-Smith Piano
Colin Touchin Conductor


The Piccadilly Sinfonia was formed in 2018 and during its debut season has been made resident orchestra at St James’ Church, Piccadilly, with a packed schedule of concerts planned for 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 Zoey 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.

Thursday 25th July 2019 marks the orchestra’s first appearance at St Martin in the Fields under the guest baton of international conductor, composer and broadcaster, Colin Touchin in what promises to be an epic collaboration with two of the greatest pieces of classical music ever written: Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Colin Touchin is the Chief Guest Conductor of the Lufthansa Orchestra based in Frankfurt and Guest Conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the Tak-Ming Philharmonic Winds; he was recently appointed musical director of the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir and Grace Notes, ladies choir. He is a weekly Presenter on RTHK Radio 4 (equivalent to BBC Radio 3); and he leads workshops in performance, conducting and composition as well as being a festival adjudicator in the UK, Europe and Asia. He has won international awards with his instrumental and choral ensembles from the University of Warwick: the Chamber Choir appeared on BBC TV and also performed with Kiri Te Kanawa, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.

Colin conducts and composes for orchestras, bands, choirs and all levels of ensembles; he founded the National Youth Recorder Orchestras, Warwick Orchestral Winds and Spires Philharmonic Chorus, Orchestra and Youth Orchestra in Coventry; and he has served as Chairman of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE), Vice-Chairman of the British and International Federation of Festivals and Composer-in-Residence and Conductor with various UK schools and youth ensembles.

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.

Dates, Times & Book

Thu 25 Jul 7:30 PM £30/£27/£20/£15/£9 Book

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