Part of the Chethams International Piano Summer School.
Between Monday 14 – Wednesday 23 August, Chetham’s International Piano Summer School brings world class and legendary musicians to a vibrant, supportive community in central Manchester. Alongside lectures, open lessons and opportunities to develop new skills, you can discover a daily programme of recitals from world-class performers.
Day Four Performances
A Young Artist’s Piano Recital – Thomas Kelly 1.45-2.25pm
Thomas Kelly started playing the piano aged 3, and in 2006 became Kent Junior Pianist of the Year and attained ABRSM Grade 8 with Distinction. Aged 9, Thomas performed Mozart Concerto No. 24 in the Marlowe Theatre with the Kent Concert Orchestra. After moving to Cheshire, he regularly played in festivals, winning prizes including in the Birmingham Music Festival, 3rd prize in Young Pianist of The North 2012, and 1st prize in WACIDOM 2014. Between 2015 and 2021, Thomas studied with Andrew Ball, firstly at the Purcell School of Music and then at the Royal College of Music. Thomas began studying with Dmitri Alexeev in April 2021, with whom he will continue whilst studying Masters at the RCM.
Thomas has won 1st prizes including Pianale International Piano Competition 2017, Kharkiv Assemblies 2018, at Lucca Virtuoso e Bel Canto festival 2018, RCM Joan Chissell Schumann competition 2019, Kendall Taylor Beethoven competition 2019, BPSE Intercollegiate Beethoven competition 2019 and the 4th Theodor Leschetizky competition 2020. In 2021 Thomas was a finalist in the Leeds International Piano Competition. Most recently, he was awarded 2nd prize and special prize for best semi-final performance at Hastings International Concerto Competition 2022.
He has performed in a variety of venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Steinway Hall London, Holy Trinity Sloane Square, St James’ Piccadilly, Oxford Town Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, St Paul’s Bedford, the embassies of Russia and Brazil in London, the Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, the Stoller Hall, Leeds Town Hall, at the North Norfolk Music Festival, Paris Conservatoire, the StreingreaberHaus in Bayreuth and the Teatro Del Sale in Florence. Since the pandemic restrictions in 2020, Thomas’ artistic activities include participating in all 4 seasons of the “Echo Chamber”, an online concert series curated by Noah Max, and releasing 3 singles under the Ulysses Arts label on digital platforms.
Thomas is supported by the Kendall-Taylor award. He has been generously supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust since 2020, and Talent Unlimited since 2021.
SCARLATTI Sonata in E Major K.531HUMMEL Rondo Favori in E Flat Op.11 CHOPIN Ballade No.1 Op.23 RAVEL Jeux D’Eau BRAHMS Intermezzo Op.118 No.2 LISZT Mephisto Waltz No.1
Full Price: £5.50. FTE/U18 Free
A Lecture by Murray McLachlan, 5.15-6pm
Towards flow and peak experience with hedonistic practising.
Practising should be more than workmanlike, efficient and organised. To strive for the highest attainment in daily exploration and experimentation at the keyboard is to listen and listen again for the endless wonders and glory that is music. As Claudio Arrau famously said ‘it is beautiful to practise’.
Full Price: £8.50. FTE/U18 £3.50
A Piano Recital by Kathryn Stott and Adam Davies, 7pm
RACHMANINOV Suite No. 1 in G Minor Op. 5
La nuit… L’amour…
Symphonic Dances Op, 45
Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
Lento assai – Allegro vivace – Lento assai
Full Price: £16. FTE/U18 £5.50
A Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe, 8.30pm
BEETHOVEN Sonata Op.14 No. 2
Scherzo: Allegro assai
BEETHOVEN Sonata Op.27 No. 2 “Moonlight”
BEETHOVEN Sonata Op.110
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro ma non troppo
Full Price: £16. FTE/U18 £5.50