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)