Upcoming concert on the 9th of October 2021

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2020 was a significant year for Beethoven enthusiasts. Fifteen years ago I embarked on my first Beethoven cycle and much though I wanted to revisit the 32 sonatas I opted 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 were to have been 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. However, the pandemic put paid to this but, at least, On October 9th 2021, 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 a 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.

The pandemic has made me value live performance more than ever but recordings still fulfil an important role and it has been a happy accident that has led to the development of the record label BigEarswhich I am now in the process of expanding. Yes, the website needs work but we have some exciting new releases in the pipeline as well as some re-releases of some wonderful old recordings. We hope to be releasing in the very near future a recording of Busoni and Respighi violin sonatas played by Krzysztof Smietana and myself.

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. There is also a series of videos for YouTube by friends, colleagues and students entitled Lockdown Bach. There are some wonderful contributions.