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Piers Lane
Piers Lane

Following the enormous success of Red Priest, attracting an audience of more than 200, Alnwick Music Society now welcomes the return of a top Australian pianist.

London-based Piers Lane has been a popular and regular recitalist for the Society over many years and last played in the town in October 2012. He will back to play in the Alnwick Castle Guest Hall next Thursday.

Piers has had a flourishing international career, taking him to more than 40 countries where he has performed a range of piano concertos with all the leading orchestras in prestigious venues in Europe, the USA and Australia.

He is also a solo recitalist of distinction and a recent performance elicited this approbation from Bryce Morrison in the Gramaphone: ‘No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout was of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity and scintillating brilliance.’

Besides being artistic director of a number of festivals worldwide he has been much in demand as a collaborative artist and has accompanied, in particular, two of the Society’s favourite performers; the UK’s premier violinist Tasmin Little and the foremost clarinettist Michael Collins.

His extensive discography includes recordings with both Tasmin Little and Michael Collins as well as a variety of Romantic piano concertos, the complete Preludes and Etudes of Scriabin and the Piano Quintets of Elgar and Dvorak.

His programme for Alnwick begins with Rachmaninov’s Moments in Musicaux No. 3 in B minor and continues with his 10 Preludes Opus 23.

After the interval, he turns to Schubert, beginning with Moments in Musicaux No.6 in A flat and ending with the Piano Sonata in A.

The concert is in the Alnwick Castle Guest Hall on Thursday, November 20, at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome – £16, £15 conc, from the Playhouse Box Office or on the door.