Friday 21st June - Prelude
For our Prelude evening on Friday 21st June, we are asking people to get dressed up to enjoy some classical music and opera in our marquee. Our full line up with be confirmed soon.
All those attending will be given a free glass of Prosecco on arrival and a light supper during the interval.
International tenor will be performing, further details to follow.
Duncan Honeybourne enjoys a colourful and diverse career as a pianist and in music education. Commended for his “gripping performances” (The Times), “glittering performances” (International Piano) and “great technical facility and unfailing imagination” (Musical Opinion), he is best known for his interpretations of 20th and 21st century British piano music.
Following concerto debuts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 1998, he gave debut recitals in London, Dublin, Paris, and at international festivals in Belgium and Switzerland. His debut recording was described by Gramophone magazine as “not to be missed by all lovers of English music”, whilst BBC Music Magazine reported: “There are gorgeous things here. Hard to imagine better performances.”
Duncan has toured extensively in the UK, Ireland and Europe as soloist and chamber musician, appearing at major venues and leading festivals and broadcasting frequently for the BBC and radio networks worldwide. He has premiered more than 70 new piano works written for him by composers including John Joubert, John Casken, Sadie Harrison and Cecilia McDowall, plus the Andrew Downes Piano Concerto at Birmingham Town Hall in 2009. He has also revived many forgotten scores by composers of earlier generations and has made premiere recordings of piano music by Baines, Bainton, Gurney, Armstrong Gibbs and Walford Davies. Many appearances on BBC Radio 3 have included the complete solo piano music of Ruth Gipps across a week of programmes for the composer’s centenary, as well as numerous first broadcasts of contemporary and forgotten works. He gave the world premiere of two rediscovered piano preludes by English romantic Susan Spain-Dunk in a recital broadcast live from St David’s Hall, Cardiff in 2021. Recent recordings include two new albums on the Prima Facie label of British piano sonatas and, with cellist Joseph Spooner, sonatas for cello and piano.
Duncan Honeybourne teaches at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy, the University of Southampton and Sherborne School, and gives masterclasses, adjudications, lecture recitals and workshops. He is Founder/Artistic Director of the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts.