J.S. Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Grieg Lyric Pieces Op. 52
Chopin Mazurka Op.7 No 1
Wagner Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Ginastera Danzas Argentinas
J.S. Bach Siciliano (Wilhelm Kempff)
Strauss Ramble on Love from der Rosenkavalier (arr. Percy Grainger)
Various Londonerry Air, My Favourite Things, Embraceable You
Ravel La Valse
This special programme, to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of Kathryn Stott, is the last night of a recital tour. It will focus on ‘Song and Dance’ featuring some of her favourite pieces, including a wonderful arrangement by Earl Wild of a Gershwin standard Embraceable You – simply magical!
The Times describes Kathryn Stott as being "one of the most versatile pianists on the circuit".
Kathryn was born in Lancashire and attended the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music before going on to The Royal College of Music in London. Later, with a vast repertoire behind her, she established her reputation as an astute programmer and has been the artistic vision behind many major festivals and concert series, inviting world-class performers to take part. She single-handedly organised a two-week festival with twelve concerts featuring solely French musicians. Faure and the French Connection was so successful Kathryn was appointed 'Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Letteres' by the French Government. Out of the Shadows came three years later with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring two neglected female composers, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn. In 2004/5 she was invited to organise a Chopin series of seven concerts for The Music and the Legacy in The Venue at Leeds College of Music and for the 2013/14 Leeds International Chamber Season, she devised another six concerts on Dance - ranging from Bach to Fitkin.
"Kathry has long-standing collaberations with noteable American 'cellist YoYo Ma and also with 'cellist Natalie Clein, violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Noriko Ogawa.
A dedicated teacher, she is a visiting professor and Honorary Chair at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Internation Chair at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and regularly visits Chethams School of Music. In 2016 she joined the Piano Faculty of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and in 2018 will succeed Piers Lane as artistic director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Besides making a recital tour in the UK this year and visiting Oslo to work with her talented pupils at the Norwegian Academy, she will perform Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 1 with the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Andrew Davies.