Season ends with music maestro’s performance

INTERNATIONALLY-renowned pianist John Lill performs in north Northumberland on Wednesday, to bring the curtain down on Alnwick Music Society’s concert season.

The hotly-rated musician will appear at the Fred Dyson Memorial Recital, which takes place in the Guest Hall of Alnwick Castle at 7.30pm.

Lill has been the outstanding talent of piano recitals in the UK and beyond over the last 50 years.

He gave his first recital aged nine and at 18 he performed Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult, followed by his much-acclaimed Beethoven’s Emperor Piano concerto at the Royal Festival Hall.

His success was reflected in many prestigious international prizes culminating in him winning the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970.

Lill makes a welcome return to Alnwick having performed in more than 50 countries as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras.

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

His Alnwick programme includes the famous Beethoven Appassionata Sonata, and the Society, with the encouragement of Sheila Dyson, has dedicated this concert to the memory of Fred Dyson, a lifelong member, who was an aficionado of Beethoven’s music and Lill’s interpretation of it.

Lill has been awarded eight Honorary Doctorates from British universities as well as several Fellowships from the leading musical colleges and academies.

He lives in London and was awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE for his services to music in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List.

Besides the Appassionata Sonata, Lill’s programme for Alnwick includes Mozart’s Sonata in F, Schumann’s Carvival de Vienne, Prokofiev’s Toccata Op.11 and the Three Intermezzi Op. 117 by Brahms.

Tickets, priced £14, £13 for concessions, can be purchased from the Alnwick Playhouse box office or on the door on the evening of the concert.

In accordance with the Society’s policy to try to encourage young people to explore classical music, all students in full-time education will be admitted free of charge.

It is hoped that teachers of piano will bring their aspiring pupils to hear the most outstanding British pianist of the last half-century.

Since this is a concert in memory of Fred Dyson, the Society also welcomes members of those organisations Fred supported – the Rotary Club of Alnwick, the Auriga Club and the Bailiffgate Museum.