Tim Horton at St Mary’s Perivale


Tuesday 1 September 4.00 pm

Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church

Tim Horton (piano)

Mozart: Fantasia in C minor K396
Chopin: Ballade no 1 in G minor Op 23
Chopin: Ballade no 2 in F Op 38

Chopin: Ballade no 3 in A flat Op 47

Chopin: Ballade no 4 in F minor Op 52

Tim Horton studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Charles Hopkins and Heather Slade-Lipkin and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1995. In the same year he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the CBSO and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Since then he has played with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.In 2005 Tim was chosen as the scholar of the Klavier Festival Ruhr at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel, an honour that included a recital at the Festival and a bursary. Tim has a duo partnership with cellist Adrian Brendel with whom he has given tours of Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London. In 2011 they made their debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. He has played regularly at the Plush, Aldeburgh, Bath and Elverum Festivals and has collaborated with many leading chamber musicians including Paul Lewis, Peter Cropper, the Elias Quartet, the Vertavo Quartet and the members of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.Tim has been playing with violist Robin Ireland since 2008 and they have toured Britain extensively. Their Nimbus Alliance disc of Shostakovich and Prokofiev was highly acclaimed on its release. They have also released a disc of the Brahms Sonatas and the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata. Along with violinist Benjamin Nabarro and cellist Gemma Rosefield, Tim is a founder member of the internationally acclaimed Leonore Piano Trio.


Hugh Mather and his team have come up trumps yet again with a season of concerts which are innumerable – listed below- giving an opportunity to musicians whether at the beginning of their career or distinguished artists like Norma Fisher who in her celebration year will be giving what promises to be a fascinating talk about her life in music https://christopheraxworthymusiccommentary.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/norma-fisher-a-celebration-in-music/ https://www.academia.edu/43931470/Commentary_Norma_Fisher_a_Celebration_in_Music

The opening concert of this new autumn series was a surprise solo recital by the distinguished chamber music player Tim Horton.A programme that showed off to the full his intelligent musicianship and command of the keyboard.The Mozart Fantasia K.396 of such clarity and subtle phrasing it was the ideal opening work in a programme that was dedicated principally to  Chopin’s Four Ballades .


His intelligence  and lack of rhetoric was indeed refreshing and nowhere was it more evident than in the first Ballade in G minor .An opening where all Chopin’s most  precise indications were interpreted with a beauty of sound and sense of architecture that gave such poignancy to  a work that all too often is maligned in lesser hands.His sense of control was remarkable and allied to a great sense of balance even the most passionate outbursts were beautifully shaped within a vision of the whole work.


The extreme delicacy of the opening of the second ballade was such a contrast to the Presto con fuoco that follows and the agitato coda as with the G minor Ballade was never allowed to  overwhelm the overall shape.The beautiful lyricism of the third ballade ,the most pastoral of them all, was played with a gentle lilt that was indeed beguiling.The development was masterly played and led so naturally to the final lyrical outburst and the final flourish played with great assurance .The four last chords perfectly shaped without any overt showmanship.The fourth Ballade was played as the absolute masterpiece it is .I found the gentle theme written in two a little agitated and I remember Perlemuter writing so many changes of fingering in my score to find just the right weight and simplicity of this theme that Chopin is to trasform so magically.The final triumphant pages before the coda were played with great control  the melodic line never overpowered by the ever more passionate left hand turbulance.He brought a great calm to the five pianissimo chords before the eruption of the coda.But even here there was always a true musician keeping the technically very complex passages under control and with a shape that was exemplary.A very satisfying view of these four remarkable Ballades lacking maybe a sense of drama and wonder but nevertheless a musicianly account played with total control and a sense of overall shape that was remarkable


Here is the  Autumn Season:

Tuesday 1 September Tim Horton (piano) Mozart: Fantasis in C minor K396, Chopin: 4 Ballades more details
Thursday 3 September Yoanna Prodanova (cello) Mihai Ritivoiu (piano) Beethoven: Cello sonata Op102 no 1 in C, Schumann: Three Romances Op 94, Mendelssohn: Cello sonata no 1 in B flat Op 45  more details
Friday 4 September Julia Flint (bassoon) Jozef Janik (piano) Vivaldi: Cello Sonata no 6 in B flat, Spohr: Adagio for bassoon and piano, Scarlatti: 3 Sonatas, William Hurlstone: Bassoon sonata in F major, Gordon Jacob: Bassoon concerto (1st movt) more details
Sunday 6 September Norma Fisher: Illustrated talk- ‘My Life and Music’ more details
Tuesday 8 September Ben Schoeman (piano) Bach: Toccata in E minor BWV 914, Szymanowski: Etude in B flat minor Op 4 no 3, Chopin: Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor Op 39, Chopin: Impromptu in G flat major Op 51, Scriabin: 9 Preludes from Op 11, Rachmaninov: Sonata no 2 in B flat minor Op 36 more details
Thursday 10 September The Odysseus Piano trio : Sara Trickey (violin) Rosie Biss (cello) Robin Green (piano) Haydn Piano trio no 42 in E flat Hob XV:30, Huw Watkins: Piano trio (2009), Schumann arr. Kirchner : Canonic studies Op 56 (arr. for piano trio) more details
Tuesday 15 September Joanna Kacperek (piano) A Chopin recital: Fantasy in F minor Op 49, 4 Mazurkas Op 30, Sonata no 3 in B minor Op 58 more details
Thursday 17 September Lisa Ueda (violin) Daniele Rinaldo (piano) Reynaldo Hahn: Violin sonata in C, Beethoven: Violin sonata in G Op 96 more details
Sunday 20 September Howard Blake (piano) presents a concert of his compositions for violin and piano with Madeleine Mitchell(violin) Penillion Op 571, Violin Sonata Op 586, The Ice Princess & The Snowman, Jazz Dances Op 520a, Walking in the Air more details
Tuesday 22 September Martin Cousin (piano) Chopin: Ballade no.1 in G minor Op 23, Brahms: Intermezzo in E Op 116 no 4, Grieg: March of the Dwarfs Op 54 no 3, Grieg: Notturno Op 54 no 4, Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op 65 no 6, Debussy: Clair de Lune, Rachmaninov: Prelude in C# minor Op 3 no 2, Rachmaninov: Romance Op 10 no 6, Rachmaninov: Humoresque Op.10 no 5 more details
Thursday 24 September Lana Trotovsek (violin) Maria Canyigueral (piano) Beethoven: Violin sonata in C minor Op 30 no 2, Prokofiev: Violin sonata in D Op 94a more details
Tuesday 29 September Sonya Pigot (piano) Stravinsky arr, Agosti: Firebird Suite, Chopin: Barcarolle Op 60, Beethoven: sonata in A flat Op 110  more details
Thursday 1 October The Barbican String Quartet Haydn: Quartet in B flat Op 76 no 4 ‘Sunrise’, Beethoven: Quartet in E flat Op 74 ‘Harp’ more details
Saturday 3 October 2 – 6 pm
St Mary’s Perivale Beethoven Piano Sonata Festival – Session 1
2.00 Edward Leung: Sonata in F minor Op 2 no 1, 2.25 Andrew Yiangou: Sonata in A major Op 2 no 2, 2.55 Florian Mitrea: Sonata in C major Op 2 no 3, 3.30 Simon Watterton: Sonata in E flat major Op 7, 4.05 Simone Tavoni: Sonata in C minor Op 10 no 1, 4.30 Colin Stone: Sonata in F major Op 10 no 2, 4.50 Mengyang Pan: Sonata in D major Op 10 no 3, 5.20 Callum McLachlan: Sonata in C minor Op 13 ‘Pathetique’, 5.45 Petr Limonov: Sonata in E major Op 14 no 1 more details
Saturday 3 October 7 – 10pm St Mary’s Perivale Beethoven Piano Sonata Festival – Session 2
7.00 Ashley FrippSonata in G major Op 14 no 2, 7.25 Thomas Kelly: Sonata in B flat major Op 22, 7.55 Mishka Rushdie Momen: Sonata in A flat major Op 26 ‘Funeral March’, 8.20 Margaret Fingerhut: Sonata in E flat Op 27 no 1, 8.40 Evelyne Berezovsky: Sonata in C sharp minor Op 27 no 2 ‘Moonlight’, 9.05 Julian Jacobson: Sonata in D major Op 28 ‘Pastoral’, 9.35 Olga Paliy: Sonata in G major Op 31 no 1 more details
Sunday 4 October 2 – 6 pm St Mary’s Perivale Beethoven Piano Sonata Festival – Session 3
2.00 Iyad Sughayer: Sonata in D minor Op 31 no 2 ‘Tempest’, 2.30 Sasha Grynyuk: Sonata in E flat major Op 31 no 3, 3.00 Andrew Bottrill: Sonata in G minor Op 49 no 1, 3.15 Veronika Shoot: Sonata in G major Op 49 no 2, 3.30 Luke Jones: Sonata in C major Op 53 ‘Waldstein’, 4.05 Ben Schoeman: Sonata in F major Op 54, 4.25 Martin Cousin: Sonata in F minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’, 5.00 Dinara Klinton: Sonata in F sharp major Op 78, 5.20 Daniel Lebhardt: Sonata in G major Op 79, 5.35 Ilya Kondratiev: Sonata in E flat major Op 81a ‘Les Adieux’ more details
Sunday 4 October 7 – 10 pm St Mary’s Perivale Beethoven Piano Sonata Festival – Session 4
7.00 Mark Viner: Sonata in E minor Op 90, 7.20 Yehuda Inbar: Sonata in A major Op 101, 7.50 Julian Trevelyan: Sonata in B flat major Op 106 ‘Hammerklavier’, 8.40 Amit Yahav: Sonata in E major Op 109, 9.05 Konstantin Lapshin: Sonata in A flat major Op 110, 9.30 Alim Beisembayev: Sonata in C minor Op 111 more details
Tuesday 6 October Tyler Hay (piano) Czerny: Piano Sonata no 7 in E minor Op 143, Chopin: Waltz in A flat Major Op 34 no 1/ Waltz in D flat Major Op 64 no 1 / Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 no 2 / Waltz in E minor Op posth /Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 23 in F minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’ more details
Thursday 8 October Sarah Gabriel (soprano) Iain Farrington (piano) Songs from the Great American Musicals more details
Sunday 11 October So-Ock Kim (violin) Josephine Knight (cello) Petr Limonov (piano) Shostakovich: Piano trio in E minor Op 67 etc more details
Tuesday 13 October Cristian Sandrin (piano) Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 more details
Thursday 15 October Emily Sun (violin) Caterina Grewe (piano) Beethoven: Violin sonata in D Op 12 no 1, Clara Schumann: 3 Romances Op 22Robert Schumann: Violin sonata in A minor Op 105 more details
Sunday 18 October Thomas Carroll (cello) Graham Caskie (piano) Marcel Baudet: ‘Disclosure’ for solo piano, Rachmaninov: Cello sonata in G minor Op 19, Stephen Goss: ‘ Alba ‘ from ‘ Caught Between’ for cello and piano more details
Tuesday 20 October Francis Grier (piano) Beethoven: Piano sonata in E Op 109; Beethoven Piano sonata in A flat Op 110, Beethoven: Piano sonata in C minor Op 111 more details
Thursday 22 October Kate Gould (cello) Viv McLean (piano) Shostakovich: Cello sonata in D minor Op 40, Beethoven: Cello sonata in A Op 69
Sunday 25 October Leslie Howard and Ludovico Troncanetti (piano duo) Mendelssohn: Andante and Variations Op 83a, Rubinstein: Sonata in D major Op 89, Liszt: The Three Holy Kings – March from the oratorio Christus S579/2 more details
Tuesday 27 October Petar Dimov (piano) Debussy: 2 Preludes (Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest/ La fille aux cheveux de lin ), Dimov: Passacaglia, Debussy: Prelude (La cathédrale engloutie) Dimov: Aura (Daylight), Brahms: Sonata no 3 in F minor Op 5 more details
Thursday 29 October Dillon Jeffares (violin) Kumi Matsuo (piano) Bach: ‘Loure’ and ‘Gavotte’ from Partita no 3 in E BWV 1006, Beethoven: Violin Sonata in C Minor Op 30 no 2, Ravel: Tzigane, Chopin arr. Milstein: : Nocturne in C# Minor more details
Tuesday 3 November Roman Kosyakov (piano) Schumann: Humoresque Op 20, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition more details
Thursday 5 November Milos Milivojevic (accordion) more details
Sunday 8 November Christopher Kent (actor) Gamal Khamis (piano) Strauss: Enoch Arden more details
Tuesday 10 November George Todica (piano) Chopin: Mazurka in C# minor Op 41 no 4, Chopin: Rondo à la Mazur, Enescu: ‘Choral’ and ‘Carillon Nocturne’ from Suite no 3 Op 18, Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme by Corelli Op 42 more details
Thursday 12 November Coco Tomita (violin) Kan Tomita (piano) Beethoven: Violin Sonata in F Op 24 ‘Spring’, Chausson: Poeme, Ravel: Violin Sonata no.2 in G more details
Sunday 15 November Jessica Duchen (narrator) Viv McLean (piano) ‘Immortal – a concert drama’ based on Jessica Duchen’s recent book on Beethoven, with liberal piano works.more details
Tuesday 17 November Aristo Sham (piano) A Brahms recital : Variations on a theme of Schumann Op 9, 16 Waltzes Op 39, Piano sonata no 2 in F# minor Op 2 more details
Thursday 19 November The Corran String Quartet: Haydn: String Quartet in E flat Op 20 no 1, Beethoven: String quartet in B flat Op 18 no 6 more details
Sunday 22 November Evelyne Berezovsky (piano) Programme to follow more details
Tuesday 24 November tbc
Thursday 26 November Natalia Lomeiko (violin) Yuri Zhislin (violin) Ivan Martin (piano)
Saturday 28 November Liszt Society Day (tbc)
Tuesday 1 December Simone Tavoni (piano)
Thursday 3 December The Rautio Piano Trio
Sunday 6 December Mengyang Pan (piano) Chopin: Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’ Op 2, Kalkbrenner: Variations Brilliantes on a Chopin Mazurka Op 120, Albéniz: Mallorca, Barcarola Op 202, Albéniz: Pavana Capricho Op 12, Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody S254 more details
Tuesday 8 December Caterina Grewe (piano) Beethoven: Sonata in C# minor Op 27 no 2 ‘Moonlight’, Liszt: Sonata in B minor S178 more details
Thursday 10 December Ionel Manciu (violin)
Sunday 13 December Lipatti Piano Quartet
Tuesday 15 December Krzyzstof Moskalewicz (piano)
Friday 18 December Indira Grier (cello) Francis Grier (piano)


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