Colin Stone (photo Andrew Millar)

Following a spell of paternity leave Colin Stone is returning to the concert platform in an enterprising collaboration with the artistic entrepreneur and playwright Lewis Owens. Half play half concert, Like a Chemist from Canada is the story of an event in 1958 when Shostakovich and Poulenc received honorary doctorates from Oxford University. The first half is a fascinating play which covers the politics behind the ceremony and the second half is a recreation of the soiree where works by Shostakovich and Poulenc were performed. Details of performances and tickets in London here and Oxford, here

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Colin's Beethoven cycle continues and recordings of the Spring Sonata and Op.109 can be heard on YouTube. There are also some recordings of live performances now on SoundCloud.

Krzysztof Smietana and Colin Stone (photo K Takizawa)