Vice President -
Concert Reviews 2018 -
Sunday 28th October 2018
INTERNATIONAL CONCERT PIANIST
60th Birthday Year Tour
For the opening concert of the 2018-
As soon as he began to play the audience knew it was going to be a musical feast and like all good feasts there was something for everyone. The first half consisted of an eclectic mix of well known works from classical composers Mozart, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Chopin interspersed with Fats Waller's Alligator Crawl and Evening Primrose by Billy Mayerl a very popular but now largely forgotten composer of the 1940s and 50s.
After the interval the second course of the feast began with a medley of Scott Joplin favourites moving seamlessly on into Debussy's tranquil "Clair de Lune". Then followed a piano version of themes from "The Nutcracker Suite" and Billy Mayerl's foot-
I found the most amazing feature of this unusual and interesting blend of a programme was that Phillip was able to memorise such a wide range of music delivering it all with such passion, skill and enjoyment and his performance was greeted by very appreciative applause. Phillip has indicated that he would like to return to the Society again and I know the members would echo that wish and will look forward to his return and more involvement in his music in the future.