Eight Grand Pianos Set To Take To The Stage

The Royal Northern College of Music is set to host the third John Wilson Piano Spectacular, celebrating his 75th birthday and raising money for the John Wilson Junior Fellowship in Accompaniment at the world renowned college.

The evening is set to be compered by Classic FM presenter John Brunning and conducted by Tim Reynish and will see eight grand pianos on stage as internationally acclaimed pianists John Wilson, Peter Donohoe, Julian Evans, John Gough, Harry Harris, Ben Powell, Nicholas Rimmer, Martin Roscoe, Keith Swallow and Andrew Wilde perform music by Granados, Sains-Saens, Listzt and many more.

Previous piano spectaculars took place in 2005 and 2010 and this year’s event, in honour of the former student and member of staff at the RNCM, aims to raise over £20,000 to support and enable talented pianists to learn and perfect the art of accompaniment.

The event is set to be compered by Classic FM presenter John Brunning.

The programme will include:

Nicholas Rimmer
Enrique Granados Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor (The maiden and the nightingale); El pelele (The scarecrow)

Andrew Wilde
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No.1 Op 23

Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe
Saint-Säens Variations on a Theme of Beethoven Op 35

Julian Evans
Franz Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H

Harry Harris improvisation

The Third John Wilson Piano Spectacular takes place at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday 31st January at 7pm.  Tickets priced from £17.50 with post-concert drinks and buffet £15.

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