interesting events archive

An archive of the list of events that I – and hopefully others – consider very entertaing and/or interesting, and maybe important.

  • ***** Tuesday 24 January 2012 at Bishopsgate Institute
    (near Liverpool Street Station, London)

    Roy Howat is internationally renowned as both pianist and scholar whose concerts, broadcasts and lectures regularly take him worldwide. A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, he made a special study of French music in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter, and teaches and plays French music at major French-speaking Conservatoires and on French radio.

    * I will add that in my experience of several talks/recitals given by Roy Howat at the Royal Academy of music – both solo and in collaboration with other musicians – he is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and communicates very well both of these attributes.

    *** at 12:15 a free pre-concert talk

    *** and at 13:05 a free concert with optional donation afterwards

    Roy Howat (piano)

    Fauré Nocturne No. 6 Op. 63
    Chopin Nocturne in E Op. 62 No. 2
    Chabrier Mélancolie; Idylle (from Pièces pittoresques)
    Debussy Brouillards; La puerta del Vino; Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses; La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune; Les tierces alternées (Preludes, Book 2)
    Chopin Waltz in A flat Op. 42

    Marking the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth, distinguished pianist-scholar Roy Howat explores connections between Debussy and Chopin and Debussy’s immediate predecessors. As a contributor to the Complete Debussy Edition and lead editor for the Peters Edition Fauré piano music, Roy Howat brings extraordinary insights to his performances which he will share both in a pre-concert talk and in spoken introductions to the music during the concert.

    This concert is part of the Free Winter Series highlighting established artists in the world of classical music. The Free Winter Series concerts are funded and promoted by the City of London and administered by the City Arts Trust. The series is presented in partnership with City Music Society.

  • ***** a BBC4 television screening of the Korean film “Treeless Mountain” is available on the BBC iPlayeruntil 23:54 on Sunday 19 February. “In Seoul, young sisters Jin and Bin try to make sense of the world around them when their mother disappears to look for their estranged father and leaves them in the care of an unkindly aunt.”I saw this two or three years ago at a London Childrens Film Festival and have recommended it to several people. Philip Gowman of London Korean Links writes that “Kim So-yong’s rather lovely film Treeless Mountain screens on BBC4 on 12 Feb. Highly recommended. Simple, moving.”

    (If you don’t have time to watch it on Sunday you may be able to download it before it expires on the BBC iPlayer and then watch it later – from BBC iPlayer help: Once BBC iPlayer Desktop is installed on your computer, click on the Download button by the programme and BBC iPlayer will start downloading it. Once the programme has saved onto your computer, you have 30 days to watch it.)

  • ***** Sulki Yu at Woolfson College, Oxford University on Sunday 11 March 2012 at 17:00

    A recital for solo violin including:

    • Bach – Sonata No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003
    • Ysaye – Sonata No. 1 Op. 27 in G Minor
    • Paganini – selection from Caprice Op. 1
    • Bartok – Solo Sonata: Tempo di ciaccona, fuga

    More information here.

    I’ve heard Sulki Yu as part of and separately from the Fournier Trio on several occasions, and also seen them working in master-classes. They are all very good musicians. I’m listing this concert in Oxford University because it’s a very good programme played by a very good musician, and because it includes Bartok’s Solo Violin Sonata (written for Yehudi Menuhin): I heard Sulki Yu play this very persuasively at a Park Lane Group concert at the Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre in 2009. Here is a review of that concert, here (2/3 down the page) is a review of a later concert for the Park Lane Group, and here are some review extracts on Sulki Yu’s website, so you don’t have to just trust my judgment.


About Colin Bartlett

I'm interested in arts, mathematics, science. Suliram is a partial conflation of the names of three good actors: Ira Aldridge, Anna May Wong, and another. My intention is to use a personal experience of arts to make some points, but without being too "me me me" about it. And to follow Strunk's Elements of Style. Except that I won't always "be definite": I prefer Niels Bohr's precept that you shouldn't write clearer than you think.
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