CONCERTS IN CHURCH

 

Friday Lunchtime Concert

Friday 30th June:
Neil Crossland (Piano)

Neil Crossland

 

Yorkshire pianist and composer Neil Crossland began playing the piano at the age of six and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won major prizes in both piano and composition. Since then he has performed extensively at home and abroad, and written pieces in all genres.

Neil has played at many major London venues, including the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall. St John’s Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields, and frequent appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. He has performed all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a concert series at St James’ Piccadilly. He has also performed throughout the UK, and in France, Greece, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tunisia and recently in Singapore giving concerts of the unfinished Schubert Sonatas, also workshops and master classes. His concerto performances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the British Chamber Orchestra at the Southwark Festival. He has also been active as a chamber musician, founding the Piano trio “Trilogy” performing his own works for piano trio, ‘Trio Requiem’ and ‘Damage’.

Neil has made over twenty recordings on the Deltatel label, including the complete cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas, and works by Haydn, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Poulenc. Among his other projects has been to revive and record the piano compositions of the late Astronomer Royal Sir Patrick Moore.

As a composer, Neil is known for his original but accessible style. He has written a Requiem, Op. 43 for soloists, chorus and orchestra, other noteworthy works; include the Yorkshire Suite for Piano Op. 41, the Variations for piano duet on the Paganini’s 24th Caprice and the Beethoven Ode to Joy and the Piano trio No.2 ‘Damage’. His latest compositions are songs set to poems by the 3 Bronte sisters for Piano and Soprano Op. 52 performed at St James’s church Piccadilly. Also Ave Maria Op. 53 for Soprano, Chorus and Piano, first performed in Hammersmith at St Augustine’s church. He is also recognised for his ability to write successful transcriptions and convincing works in older styles. In particular Neil has completed and recorded all the seven unfinished Schubert piano sonatas. In August last year Neil performed all of these sonatas in Singapore and also gave Master classes there. A return to the Royal College of Music in 2014 performing Schubert’s unfinished sonata in F# minor D.571 completed by Neil was greatly received alongside giving master classes there too. Earlier in 2014 Neil gave his first year Festival ‘Ruislip & Harrow music Festival’ performing the entire Beethoven Sonatas plus works by Haydn, Brahms, Schubert and Rachmaninoff. The festival continued last year with Neil performing Schubert’s late Sonata in G major. D.894. alongside two of his own compositions - “Yorkshire suite” & “Funk the fugue”. Last year saw the completion of his Opus 54 set of songs for soprano and piano. Also, the start of Schubert’s unfinished Symphony in B minor was completed in February last year. The orchestration of this work was quickly followed and a recent solo piano version was transcribed for performance. Neil’s also worked on transcribing for SATB and Organ his ‘Ave verum corpus’.

In April 2016 Neil started recording Mozart’s Piano Sonatas. The first disc of the first 5 sonatas has been completed and is now on sale. Disc 2 is in production. Neil performed in a double festival at St John’s, Harrow and St Paul’s, Hammersmith in 2016. Neil performed solo works and also works for violin and piano and soprano and piano. Works included Neil’s violin concerto and a selection of his songs. In 2017 Neil will be performing once again in the Harrow music festival. Works will include Neil’s piano duet transcriptions, original works for flute and piano and the newly completed Song Cycle ‘Songs of travel and rest’ as well as ‘Atmospheres’ for solo violin.

Neil will be performing Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 and 14 and pieces by Franz Liszt.

 

The concert begins at 12.30pm. Tickets for the concert are £5* and are available on the door. You can join us at 11:30 for soup and a roll if you would like some lunch before the concert.

The church and its shop/café (The House on The Rock) are also open all day, so you are welcome to browse amongst books, cards, gifts and CDs or enjoy light refreshments before or after the concert.

 

 

 

Forthcoming concerts:

  • 7th July Gamal Khamis (piano)

  • 14th July Marc Murray (organ)
     

  • Break for Summer
     

  • 8th Sept. Phillip McCann (cornet) & Simon Lindley (organ) 

  • 15th Sept. Alexander Mitchell (Viola)

  • 22nd Sept. Tom Evans (Trio Volant) - clarinet, oboe & bassoon

  • 29th Sept. James Girling (guitarist)

  • 6th Oct. Melia Duo, a saxophone and percussion (Hannah Fry and Alex)

  • 13th Oct. The Kell Wind Trio

 

WANT TO PERFORM AT ONE OF OUR CONCERTS? 

Many of our artists return each year to perform for us, however we are always interested in hearing from new talented musicians. 

If you would like the opportunity, please send a short CV and contact details (address, phone and email) to the Marc Murray, Director of Music

We are able to pay a modest fee to those who perform.

 

*Admission is normally £5.00, but occasionally this may be increased for a particular concert. Pay at the door and get a programme of the music, biographical details of the performers and advance notice of future concerts.