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Knighton and District Concert Society

Patron - Sir Robert Green-Price Bt.

President - Graham Trew MVO

Vice President - Lord Berkeley CBE

Concert Reviews 2018 - 2019 Season

Sunday 28th October 2018

Philip Dyson

PHILLIP DYSON

INTERNATIONAL CONCERT PIANIST

60th Birthday Year Tour

For the opening concert of the 2018-19 season the Society was pleased to welcome back Phillip Dyson on a trip down memory lane, as at the beginning of his distinguished career as a concert pianist which has seen him perform at many prestigious venues at home and abroad including a recent candle-lit recital at St. Martin's in the Fields, he particularly wanted to return to Knighton.  The reason was that 27 years ago one of his first professional engagements was at Knighton Concert Society and he wished to make our recent concert part of his current national tour to celebrate his 60th birthday. 

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-tapping Marigold familiar to us all. As a finale everyone enjoyed a George Gershwin medley and it all came to an end with great panache.

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.

CARWEN MAGGS