Monday 27 February 2023

French Connections: the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series returns with five concerts

Piccadilly Chamber Music Series
Piccadilly Chamber Music Series

The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series, artistic director Warren Mailley-Smith, is returning to St James' Church, Piccadilly for its sixth season, presenting five concerts exploring piano trio repertoire from France in the 19th and 20th centuries alongside masterpieces by Beethoven.

The repertoire includes piano trios by Debussy, Chaminade, Faure, Lili Boulanger, Ravel, Chausson, Saint-Saens, Louise Farrenc, Taillefaire and Chopin, plus a selection of Beethoven's piano trios including The Archduke. Performances feature artistic director, pianist Warren Mailley-Smith with a variety of fine instrumental musicians.

The series opens on 3 March 2023, with Warren Mailley-Smith (piano), Harriet Mackenzie (violin) and Katherine Jenkinson (cello) in Debussy's Piano Trio, Beethoven's Piano trio in C minor Op.1 No.3 and Chaminade's Piano trio No. 1 in G minor Op. 11. Debussy's only piano trio was written when he was just 18, and staying in Fiesole where he was living with Tchaikovsky's patroness, Nadezhda von Meck, as the music tutor to her daughters. 

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