Lucy Parham - piano. Tim McInnerny - narrator
Starting at 2:30PM
Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile
Scripted by Lucy Parham
“This is the crowning glory of Parham’s Composer Portrait series” PIANIST MAGAZINE *****
Internationally renowned pianist Lucy Parham is the creator of the acclaimed Composer Portrait concerts, “one of the must-see events of the musical calendar” according to BBC Music Magazine.
She performs them with leading actors such as Tim McInnerny in the UK and around the world.
Lucy is also in demand as a professor, artistic director, writer and broadcaster.
Elegie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Though he became an exile in 1917, Russia remained deeply rooted in his soul. His cultural identity and his longing for his homeland imbue his music, not least the many much-loved works he wrote for his own instrument, the piano. The narrative, scripted from letters and diaries, follows Rachmaninoff from his youth in Russia, through his subsequent self-imposed exile in 1917 and finally to California USA, where he died in 1943.
The concert includes many of his best- loved works for solo piano, including a selection of Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux and Moments Musicaux, some of his own transcriptions and the haunting Elégie, as well as works by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.
Tim McInnerny is an actor, actor, best known for his many roles on television and stage. Early in his career he featured as Lord Percy Percy and Captain Darling in the Blackadder series. McInnerny has also starred in various films including Wetherby, 101 Dalmatians, where he was reunited with Blackadder co-star Hugh Laurie, and Notting Hill, written by Blackadder creator Richard Curtis.