At a glance
  • The programme included Prelude No. 24 in B minor, op. 163; Prelude No. 38 in F sharp minor, op. 179 (Basso ostinato)
  • The recital, organised by Rhinegold, was followed by an informal Q&A with Owen Mortimer, editor of International Piano magazine
21st September 2017

Dazzling Sam Haywood piano recital with a sprinkling of surprise

Sam Haywood

Lark Music was delighted to sponsor the Sam Haywood piano recital at the Conway Hall, in London.

Sam has played to critical acclaim around the world and he treated his London audience to the preludes of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford from his newly released CD.

The programme included Prelude No. 24 in B minor, op. 163; Prelude No. 38 in F sharp minor, op. 179 (Basso ostinato); Prelude No. 37 in G flat major, op. 179 (Fughetta); Prelude No. 8 in E flat minor, op. 163 (Study) and Prelude No. 21 in B flat major, op. 163 (Carillons).

Sam also thrilled guests with his own composition, “the other side” which got everyone talking. He wrote the music for the Musik und Dichtung series in Vienna, inspired by Alfred Kubin's The Other Side, a novel about a dream kingdom which becomes a nightmare. It describes a journey to a mysterious city deep in Asia and perhaps also a journey into the depths of the subconscious.

Lark Music Account Handler Isabella Valentina said she loved “the other side”.  During the after-show drinks reception she said: “Sam explained the composition so I knew that amid the dreamy music I was waiting for the nightmare. I found myself being pulled in, lulled into a reverie. I listened in suspense because I knew the drama would be coming, but when the crashing nightmare chords hit, it still made me jump! Amazing!”

The recital, organised by Rhinegold, was followed by an informal Q&A with Owen Mortimer, editor of International Piano magazine, and Sam generously gave guests an insight into his world of piano music – from his admiration of the Charles Villiers Stanford’s preludes to the works of Julius Isserlis (grandfather of musician Steven, Annette and Rachel Isserlis).

Sam also talked with enthusiasm about his involvement as co-founder of the Solent Music Festival, an annual Lymington-based event with programmes by internationally-renowned artists and linked local community projects.

Guests also learned that multi-talented Sam has written a children’s opera and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops and masterclasses. He is on the roster of Musical Orbit, the online teaching website and his invention ‘memorystars’ helps reduce the time needed to memorise a music score.

What an incredible talent! Thank you, Sam for an inspiring evening.

Sam Haywood’s latest disc, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford – Preludes, is on the Hyperion label

BELOW: Sam Haywood and guests enjoy after-concert drinks to talk about music, music, music

Credit - Giampaolo Trojani

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