Really happy to be opening this seasons Absolute Classics series of concerts. I will be performing at some of the most beautiful venues in Scotland, starting with Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries on Thursday 26 September. You can find out more about the performances and buy tickets here. It will be wonderful to visit Scotland and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to perform as part of this incredible series.
On 20th September I will be giving a recital at The Schubert Salle of The Wiener Konzerthaus. I will be performing pieces by Modest Mussorgski and Franz Liszt in the beautiful surroundings of one of the most famous concert halls in the world. Really looking forward to it! You can find out more and buy tickets for the performance here.
I will be performing at the beautiful Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on 27th October. The museum provides a perfect setting for a series of music events and they have invited me to perform next month. You can see more details and find out how to get tickets here.
Yesterday, on Friday 30th August, it was 75 years since the allies bombed the historic city of Konigsberg. The Cathedral in the city was almost completely destroyed, but was later re-constructed. Last night there was a commemoration to remember the events of 75 years ago. I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in the event and to perform a recital at the Cathedral.
The event began with a new painting of the Cathedral by the world renowned Russian artist Natella Toidze being carried along the avenue leading up to the Cathedral. I walked with Vera Tariverdieva at the head of the procession which was a great honour for me.
Performing inside such a large and echoing space was interesting, the acoustics created a great amount of echo!
The event has great symbolic meaning for the citizens of Konigsberg and it was a very special occasion for which I am so grateful to have been invited to perform. My great thanks go to Vera Tariverdieva for all the work she does for the city of Konigsberg and also for her support.
Here is a link to an article in The Economist about the history of the event.
*(The city was renamed Kaliningrad when it became part of Russia)