Lucy Parham, piano & Tim McInnerny, narrator
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 7:45 pm

A one-of-its-kind event - a deeply personal portrayal of Sergei Rachmaninoff researched, scripted and performed by pianist Lucy Parham along with actor Tim McInnerny.

Lucy Parham, recitalist, concerto performer, broadcaster and recording artist has been internationally praised for her Composer Portraits.

Tim McInnerny is well known as a stage and screen actor, featuring in many programmes and  films including Notting Hill, Game of Thrones and Blackadder.

"Lucy Parham’s trailblazing concerts have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar” - BBC Music Magazine

Elégie: Rachmaninoff A Heart in Exile

Inspired by Rachmaninoff 's own letters and diaries, the performance depicts Rachmaninoff 's life from his youth in Russia, through his subsequent self-imposed exile in 1917 and finally to California, where he died in 1943. Whilst Rachmaninoff 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 programme 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.