Diary notes: *** 7th July - 4-hands Piano Concert *** *** 12th July - BEC Presents: The Mitford Sisters ***
Diary notes: *** 7th July - 4-hands Piano Concert ****** 12th July - BEC Presents: The Mitford Sisters ***

Fathers' Day Conert - 18th June 2023

Fathers' Day Concert
For this concert, we had a ceebration of Fathers, Sons and some of their Daughters! With the talents of Peter and Kate playing 4-handed piano pieces, battling for position of the keys and the pedals, the perfomances were both exciting and entertaining. 
Musical Highlights


Prelude and Fugue in A minor (J S Bach,1685-1750)

Solfeggietto  (CPRE Bach,1714-1788)

Two short pieces for children  (L Mozart,1719-1787)

Variations K501 for piano duet  (WA Mozart,1756-1792)

Auf Flugeln des Gesanges (F Mendelssohn,1809-1847)

Das Heimweh (F Mendelssohn,1809-1847)

Prelude for left hand  (Alexander Scriabin,1872 - 1915)

Nocturne for left hand  (Alexander Scriabin, 1872 - 1915)

Capriol Suite (six movements, P Warlock, 1894 - 1930)

Sleep (Poulenc. 1899 - 1963)

Sonata for Piano 4 Hands (three movements, WA Motzart)


As well as the duelling pianos, we had songs performed by Annabel and some Father/Son history shared by Paul.

One other treat was the singing of one of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses was performed by Annabel - Rebecca, Who slammed doors for fun and perished miserably  (Lisa Lehman,1862-1918)


The Performers for the Fathers' Day concert were:

Katharine Durran (piano) is known for her versatile, virtuosic and visionary piano playing, but she also has a broader musical life as conductor, educator, choir director and cross-arts project curator. 

Peter Cowdrey’s projects include reconstructing Mlada, a composite opera by Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin; composing a childrens' choir piece based on a dialogue between a horse and a greyhound; and expanding the work of his charity Planet Birdsong in the UK and Africa. 

Annabel Molyneaux (mezzo)

Paul Molyneaux (narration) 

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