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Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) - A Royal Concert

Sunday May 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Westminster Cathedral Hall, London
£20, £18 (seniors over 60), £12 (students with ID)
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  1. Partita No 4 in D major BWV 828 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor Op 58 - Fryderyk Chopin
  3. Sonata No 2 in G sharp minor, 'Sonata-fantasy' Op 19 - Alexander Scriabin
  4. Études-tableau No 5 in E flat minor, from Études-Tableaux Op 39 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  5. Lilacs (Siren), from 12 Songs Op 21 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  6. Polka de W.R. - Sergey Rachmaninov
  7. Gaspard de la nuit - Maurice Ravel

In the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra, Royal Patron of the Chopin Society UK

Benjamin Grosvenor is one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. Now 19 and still studying at the Royal Academy with Christopher Elton, he opened the BBC Proms season in 2011 with a brilliant performance of the Saint-Saens 2nd Concerto which dazzled the critics.

He first came to prominence as the outtanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician fo the Year Competition at the age of 11. Since then he has become an international artist. In 2011 he signed to Decca Classics, the youngest British musician ever to do so and the first British pianist to sign to the label in almost 60 years. The Times commented "Grosvenor, you can tell, is a Romantic pianist, almost from another age. He doesn't deconstruct, or stand at a distance. He jumps inside the music's soul"

Benjamin's virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities never compromises the formidable depth and intelligence of his interpretations. Described by some as a ‘Golden Age’ pianist (American Record Guide) and one ‘almost from another age’ (The Times), Benjamin is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as ‘poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ (The Independent).

During his brief, but sensational career to date, Benjamin Grosvenor has been featured in two BBC TV documentaries and his performances have been broadcast across the world.

Benjamin is something of a protege of ours, having first played in a private concert for us when he was 9, and several times since. We are delighted to welcome him back as the star we always knew he was.

We are honoured that HRH Princess Alexandra will attend this concert.

Doors open at 15:00. Everyone must be seated by 15:45 for the arrival of the royal party.

For this concert tickets cannot be sold on the door. It is essential that you reserve first by contacting the Chopin Society office before coming to the venue. We must have your name to give to Palace security.

Latecomers must go upstairs. No admittance to the main body of the hall once the Princess has arrived.

Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue
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