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Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue by Candlelight

St Martin-in-the-FieldsTrafalgar Square, London, Greater London, WC2N 4JJ, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Tuesday 23 August 202219:00
Performers
Warren Mailley-SmithPiano
Susan ParkesSoprano

Enjoy an early evening concert of popular piano music by candlelight in the beautiful atmosphere of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square.  Played by the ebullient Warren Mailley-Smith and featuring soprano Susan Parkes, the programme spans the romance of Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata and the jazzy rhythms of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Starting at 7:00 pm, this 75 minute programme without interval leaves you plenty of time for drinks or dinner in town afterwards - all the more convenient with excellent transport links and restaurants nearby. 

Warren Mailley-Smith, Piano

“Rapidly establishing himself as one of the best pianists of his generation Warren Mailley-Smith is that rare exceptional talent who turns out to be utterly charming and down to earth, with a gentle, self-depreciating sense of humour. Combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, these attributes have made him a favourite for both audiences and St Martin’s staff alike.”  St Martin-in-the-Fields, Staff Pick of the Month

In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British pianist to perform Chopin's complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John's Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an "epic achievement", Mailley-Smith will repeat the series at several venues in 2022-23.  He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation and gives over 100 solo performances per season.

 His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA.  He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals and concert halls throughout the uk and abroad.

 He has 40 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is also an active chamber musician and is the Artistic Director of the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series and The Piccadilly Sinfonietta.

Susan Parkes, Soprano

Award-winning soprano Susan Parkes held a scholarship at Royal College of Music for both undergraduate and postgraduate opera studies. She made her BBC Proms solo debut with Karl Jenkin’s “Armed Man’s Mass for Peace” which she later recorded for Virgin Records, reaching no 1 in the classical charts. Her many solo opera roles span from Contessa, Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Leonore, Santuzza, Mimi, Micheala and Cio Cio San to premiering newly composed contemporary opera works especially written for her voice. Highlight performances include Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House (Lindbury) Royal Albert Hall, Salzburg Festival and tours in Italy, Africa and Australia. She won “Best Female Voice” at the 12th Umberto Giordano International Opera Competition held in Italy televised by Rai Due. Other sung broadcasts include BBC Radio, Hollywood films, west end plays, giving vocal masterclasses, choral conducting and guest lecturing at Oxford University for CASI. During lockdown, as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s “Royal Albert Home” live-streamed solo concert series, she wrote and sang “Opera for kids; Amazing Arias!” which has received 14,000 views on Youtube.

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