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Peter Murdock-Saint and John Fisher (pianos) - Hommage!

Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 19:00
1901 Arts Club, London
£20, early bird £15
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  1. Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor Op 35 - Fryderyk Chopin
  2. A la manière de Borodine - Maurice Ravel
  3. A la maniere de Chabrier - Maurice Ravel
  4. Jeux d’eau - Maurice Ravel
  5. Étude for the left hand Op 36 - Felix Blumenfeld
  6. Guitare Op 32 - Cécile Chaminade
  7. Deux Pensées musicales Op 1 - Zygmunt Stojowski
    • No 1: Melodie
    • No 2: Prelude
  8. Etude for piano in F sharp Op 54 - Felix Blumenfeld
  9. Largo from Concerto for keyboard and strings No 5 in F minor, arranged for solo piano by Alfred Cortot BWV 1056 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  10. The Lark - Mikhail Glinka, arranged for piano by Mily Balakirev
  11. Toccata in C sharp minor - Mily Balakirev
  12. Au jardin, étude-idylle, for piano in D flat - Mily Balakirev
  13. Polka in F sharp minor - Mily Balakirev
  14. Serenade, from Petite Suite - Alexander Borodin
  15. Bourrée fantasque - Emmanuel Chabrier

A joint evening piano recital of arrangements and dedications by mainstream composers, and the byways of the piano repertoire, in 'hommage' to their contemporaries.

John Fisher began his piano studies at the age of 7, having persuaded his bemused non-musical parents to get him first a keyboard, then piano lessons, and finally his first piano. Under the tutelage of Muriel Philpott and then Adrian Boynton, he obtained his ABRSM Advanced Certificate at the age of 18 and performed the Schumann Piano Concerto that same year.

Having decided early on that music would always be for him a personal passion, rather than a profession, he chose to study chemistry at King’s College London and later obtained a doctorate in organic chemistry from Oriel College, Oxford. Nonetheless, he has always remained an active musician and performs regularly as both soloist and accompanist in concerts and recitals, both in his home town of Milton Keynes and further afield. Over the years, he has studied with a number of renowned pianists, including Philip Smith, Noriko Ogawa, Leslie Howard, Jonathan Plowright, and Nelita True, who described his playing as “remarkable”, and he has performed in venues that include Leeds Town Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Holywell Music Room in Oxford.

In 2016, he was one of a small number of amateur pianists selected to perform for the Saturday Classics program on BBC Radio 3. His performance of the Etude for the Left Hand Alone by Felix Blumenfeld was described as “irritatingly good” by the presenter, James Rhodes.

Peter Murdock-Saint embarked upon piano tuition in 1988 after hearing a cocktail pianist. Three years later he took up the church organ too. After numerous parish church organ scholarships he undertook organ scholarships at Solihull School for Boys and at Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.

Peter entered Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School in 1996 where he performed Grieg's Piano Concerto. He has also performed the concerti of Chaminade, Moszkowski, Pierné, Boieldieu, Lalo, Hahn, Massenet, Saint-Saens, Widor, and Vierne. In 2004 he graduated with a BMus(Hons) from the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then he has established a busy career having taught for Manchester High School for Girls and Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College, has a busy private practice, is an instrumental and vocal accompanist, and had a specialist post in French editions at Forsyth Brothers Limited, Manchester.

He is especially keen to champion unjustly neglected repertoire, particularly the French Romantic School, Dukas' piano oeuvre and Cécile Chaminade for whom he gave a BBC Radio 3 interview. Peter has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Manchester and Gaydio taking part in the Manchester Pride Chamber Concert Series. In 2005 Peter recorded a full length disc of piano byways.

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