Concert for the National Brain Appeal at RAM

Life is what happens while we make plans. Never more true than now with the chaos stemming from Covid 19. I am still hoping that some of the events mentioned below will happen one way or another, but for the next few months I expect most concerts to be cancelled. I am still expecting to teach, albeit online, and have prepared a video to show one way of doing it with good audio. And, I may even take to broadcasting the odd piece from home. So, please take the following paragraphs with a pinch of salt....

A new decade and a significant year for Beethoven enthusiasts. Fifteen years ago I embarked on my first Beethoven cycle and much though I would love to revisit the 32 sonatas I am opting instead to curate a series of concerts with the theme “Beethoven in Heaven”. I owe the title to Edith Vogel, who described the late sonatas of Schubert, written after the death of Beethoven, as being like Beethoven in Heaven. There will be a number of concerts throughout the year on this theme with varied repertoire including piano duets (with Mayumi Iida) and piano trios (with the London Mozart Trio) as well as solo repertoire. On October 10th 2020, I will perform Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and Schubert's last sonata, D.960, in St John's Smith Square in London.

It seems a long time since Krzysztof Smietana and I embarked on the cycle of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas and it is appropriate that it will finally come to a conclusion this year. With luck we should be recording the sonatas and maybe will be making some more videos for YouTube to accompany our gratifyingly successful perormance of the Spring Sonata.

In the meantime there are plenty of videos on my YouTube channel to enjoy. My latest YouTube video is an upload of a recording made twenty years ago in Potton Hall with the wonderful producer Trygg Tryggvason and engineer Andrew Hallifax of Schubert's Sonata in A minor D.845