Our next concert will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the brilliant and enigmatic Russian composer, 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 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.
This concert forms part of Lucy's acclaimed Composer Portrait series. Lucy will perform the piano pieces and the narrator will be the hugely popular actor Alex Jennings, known for his performances in The Queen, The Lady in the Van, Victoria and The Crown.
’….the crowning glory of Parham’s Composer Portrait series’ ***** (five stars) Pianist Magazine
'A superb evocation. The design of the listening experience is skillfully and subtly structured, the manner is engaging and intimate - the great Sergei himself seems to be recalling his life as we listen.' Music Web Internat
If you would like to know more about our plans, please contact us via the link at the bottom of this website - and THANK YOU to the many people who have already done so! This website will be our main way of communicating with our audience, but we will always produce posters and leaflets and tickets will always be on sale at Shackleford Stores as well. as online through this site. We will attempt to keep concert prices as realistic as possible and will always give a donation from our proceeds to St Marys Church.
While the content of each of our concerts may vary, each one will be curated by Lucy Parham, Artistic Director of Shackleford Concerts. It is likely every concert will take place on a Sunday afternoon, running without an interval but with refreshments served after certain concerts. We aim to include a number of Lucy's acclaimed Composer Portraits, each one featuring an actor of outstanding quality, as well as concerts including musicians well known to Lucy, appealing to the widest possible audience.
We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our new concert venture, particularly Rev Hannah and everyone at St Mary's, and the wonderful team in the Village Stores who provide such an excellent Box Office!
We are particularly indebted to everyone at Jaques Samuel Pianos for their generosity in enabling us to hire a piano of such outstanding quality for our first concert. You can find out more about Jaques Samuel here.
All our concerts will take place at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Shackleford, by kind permission of the Rev Hannah Moore. There is good parking at the church and toilets are available in the adjacent village hall. The church is a short distance from the A3 travelling north towards Guildford (please see map below). Satnav users unfamiliar with the area should use the postcode below to locate the church.
GU8 6AY, Godalming, Surrey, England, United Kingdom