Nicholas McCarthy (piano) and Oliver Wass (harp)

Nicholas McCarthy (piano) and Oliver Wass (harp)





Tuesday 30 July, 2019

St Mary’s Church GU28 0AD

7.30pm (Ends approximately 9.45pm)

Tickets: £25, £15, £7 | 18 and under £5, FREE in adult £7 seats

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    TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR TONIGHT! Do join us at St Mary's, Petworth from 7pm.

    Nicholas McCarthy was born in 1989 without his right hand and only began to play the piano at the age of 14 after being inspired by hearing a friend play Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata. Nicholas’ graduation from the Royal College of Music in 2012 drew press headlines around the world being the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the RCM in its 130-year history. In March 2018 he was awarded honorary membership by its President, HRH the Prince of Wales. Nicholas is a champion of the ‘left hand alone’ repertoire, a repertoire that first came to prominence in the early 19th century and developed rapidly following the First World War as a result of the many injuries suffered by musicians on the battlefield.

    Scriabin Prelude and Nocturne Op.9
    Blumenfeld Etude in A Flat Major Op.36
    Bach/Brahms Chaconne in D minor
    Richard Strauss (arr. J. Mann) Morgen Op.27 No.4
    Bellini (arr. Fumagalli) Casta Diva from Norma
    Bartok Etude for the Left Hand

    The first half of the concert will be performed by harpist Oliver Wass, the first harpist to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, the Guildhall’s most prestigious prize. Previous winners of the competition include Jacqueline du Pré, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little. He is supported by the Musicians’ Company.

    Bach Suite in E minor BVW 996
    Falla Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve
    Ravel Prélude / A là Manière de Chabrier / Jeux d’eau
    Prokofiev 3 pieces from Romeo and Juliet
    Posse Carnival of Venice Variations

    Generously sponsored by Deirdre Conradie and Kees & Diana van der Klugt

    Nicholas McCarthy (photo: Paul Marc Mitchell) and Oliver Wass (photo: Antonia Penia)