Legendary pianist returns

Pianist John Lill.
Pianist John Lill.

The climax to the Alnwick Music Society’s programme of concerts features the return of the legendary concert pianist John Lill.

Following his anniversary tour last year, John returns to Alnwick Guest Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm with a spectacular programme, culminating in Beethoven’s Sonata in C, Op. 53 – the Waldstein.

Born in 1944, he has been the outstanding UK pianist of the last 50 years.

He studied at the Royal College of Music under Wilhelm Kempff and, aged 18, he performed the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult.

He made a much-acclaimed London debut at the Royal Festival Hall in 1963 playing Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.

In 1970 he won the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition which accorded him international status and led to performances in more than 50 countries as a recitalist and concerto soloist.

He is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, the USA and Japan.

He has performed at 30 BBC Promenade Concerts and toured with all the leading UK orchestras.

His discography is monumental and he has recorded, in particular, with EMI and Deutsche Grammophon.

In 1978, he was awarded an OBE and in 2005, the CBE for services to music.

His programme for Alnwick begins with Mozart’s Sonata in D, K576 followed by Schumann’s Fantasy in C Op.17. After the interval he plays Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor and concludes with the well known Beethoven Sonata in C. Op. 53 – the Waldstein.

John last appeared in Alnwick in May 2012 at the Society’s Fred Dyson Memorial Concert. On that occasion the Guest Hall staff had hastily to produce additional seating, such was the popularity of the occasion.

The programmes for the evening will advertise the concerts for the Society’s 2015 -16 season and announce a special event for the 2016- 17 season.

Non-members welcome – tickets are £16, conc £15, students in full-time education free, from Alnwick Playhouse box office on 01665 510785 or on the door.