With celebrity soloists John Lill, Jennifer Pike and Bernard D’Ascoli, virtuoso skills will be on full show!

Orchestra of the Swan, an internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble based in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, will be back in Worcestershire for a fantastic season of concerts opening at Malvern Theatres on 19 January, with the legendary pianist John Lill.

Robert Matthew-Walker, well-known as a leading critic and writer on classical music, describes John Lill as: “One of the finest living pianists, outstanding quality, underpinned at all times by a classical restraint, a quality that does not come amiss in times of self-indulgent performance... a deep sense of poetry and much subtlety of nuance and touch.” [This quotation is from a Classical Source review, of John Lill playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.2, which was not credited in the received press release.]

The international pianist will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no3 in C minor, a concerto with a breadth of emotional range which represents total mastery of genre and structure.

John Lill says: “The power and sense of purpose of the first movement, contrasting with the gravity and profundity of the second followed by the optimistic, good natured finale are admirably balanced […] I’m looking forward to working again with Orchestra of the Swan”.

Following this, on 12 March, Jennifer Pike, famed for her interpretative flair and exemplary technique, will join Orchestra of the Swan to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major.

Orchestra of the Swan will close the season at Malvern Theatres on 9 May with Bernard d’Ascoli. Blind since the age of 3, d'Ascoli began learning piano and organ at the age of eleven, using scores written in Braille, and will wow the audience with his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto no21.


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