STEPHEN DE PLEDGE
Sunday 28 June 4 pm
Warkworth Town Hall
50TH BIRTHDAY PIANO RECITAL
The New Zealand Partita
JS Bach – Partita no.3 BWV827
Works by Leonie Holmes, Chris Gendall, Christopher Norton, Alex Taylor, Juliet Palmer, Celeste Oram and Helen Bowater.
Schubert - Impromptu D.889/3 in G flat major
John Rimmer - Covid and beyond (world premiere)
Chopin – Ballade no.3
Chopin – 4 Mazurkas op.17
Chopin – ‘Heroic’ Polonaise op.53
I’m delighted to be touring a special programme for my 50th birthday year in 2020, I have chosen some of my favourite things to play. Three absolute giants of the keyboard world had to be included. Chopin revolutionized the future of piano music, and his music is eternally popular - the 3rd Ballade and Heroic Polonaise are evergreen. Schubert's G flat impromptu is the most consoling piece I know, and feels like the right thing at the moment. Bach sits on top of the mountain for keyboard players, looking benevolently down on us all as we continue to marvel at his unfathomable genius. The NZ Partita combines my great love of Bach with my love of our contemporary NZ composers – it’s a glorious mash-up, and a project I am excited to share. And John Rimmer has sent me a brand new very short piece he has written during the lockdown and dedicated to Dr Ashley Bloomfield, and I will be giving its world premiere in Warkworth.