Our 2015 season closed with a thrilling climax of not one, but two concerts in a single evening with guest artist Peter Murdock-Saint.
The first concert was organised on the now-familiar SLCS format with performances by supporting artists Roberta Wolff and Robert Foster bookending Peter’s guest spot. We enjoyed a wonderful variety of music all written around the end of the nineteenth century and first years of the twentieth century, most appropriate for the venue, the 1901 Arts Club.
Roberta played a selection of atmospheric and inventive pieces by Edward Elgar which revealed Elgar’s lively creative spirit, familiar from his orchestral music, in the piano miniature genre. Robert played two Preludes by Debussy from Book 1, and a movement from Janacek’s poignant On An Overgrown Path. Peter’s guest slot featured music by Cecile Chaminade, a composer very close to his heart, together with hommages to Haydn by Debussy, Ravel, d’Indy , Hahn, Widor and Dukas. These works set the scene for the second concert of the evening, Peter’s vivid and passionate performance of Dukas’s rarely-heard rhapsodic Piano Sonata in E-flat minor. The standing ovation at the end of the 50-minute performance was a mark of the audience’s respect for Peter’s musicality, commitment and evident relish for this music. A performance of such quality one would expect to hear it in the “hallowed shoebox” of London’s Wigmore Hall.
Our 2016 season of concerts launches in the spring, with a joint concert by SLCS founders Lorraine Liyanage and Frances Wilson. There are also concerts in some of our favourite unusual venues, including The Asylum in Peckham and Brunswick House, Vauxhall.