Tuesday 17 October 2023

Homage/Autrefois - Ivana Gavrić at the World Heartbeat Academy

Dora Pejačević
Dora Pejačević
In December, Sarajevo-born, UK-based pianist Ivana Gavrić is exploring a new venue with a recital at the World Heartbeat Academy in Nine Elms (SW11 9BD). The academy's concert hall opened in March this year with events including the London premiere of Julian Joseph's concerto, Kayryouacou [see my article].

On 9 December 2023, Ivana Gavrić will be performing a programme that marks the anniversaries of both Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) and Croatian composer Dora Pejačević (1885-1923), and Gavrić will be performing four of Rachmaninff's Preludes alongside Pejačević's Two Nocturnes which date from 1918 and 1920. The programme is also an exploration of composers writing in another style, with Cheryl Frances-Hoad paying homage to Ravel, Grieg, Schubert, Janacek and Bartok in her Five Lyric Pieces which is dedicated to Ivana Gavrić, plus Grieg himself paying homage to earlier times in the Holberg Suite, and Cecile Chaminade paying a similar homage in Autrefois.

The World Heart Beat Academy offers support to disadvantaged children learning music and it opens its doors to any child wanting to learn music and provides free instruments and tuition. The academy started life in 2012 on Kimber Road in Wandsworth, in a converted space above Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd. It now welcomes over 350 students to its music learning space each week, offering a broad range of instrumental lessons, as well as the chance to play in ensembles such as jazz, orchestra and gig bands. The opening of a new concert hall marks a new chapter for the academy, enabling it to present concerts by emerging artists from the academy alongside international stars, and the hall's state-of-the-art recording facilities given students further inspirational tools.

Full details from the World Heatbeat Academy website.

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