Perse pianists celebrate season of Grieg performances

The life and legacy of Edvard Grieg have been marked at The Perse with a celebration through marvellous music and words.

A series of special events have taken place featuring more than 100 talented Perse pianists performing works by the Norwegian composer.

The Grieg Project got under way with A Portrait of Edvard in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre (PAC), which included recitals of some of his most famous works, interspersed with short readings reflecting his life from Perse English and drama students.

With so many keyboardists wishing to take part in the programme, A Nordic Stroll offered them the chance to be involved.

The show featured three simultaneous concerts in the PAC auditorium, Gallery Studio and Pelican Gallery, with different themes – Norway and folklore, nature and moods, and song and dance – allowing audience members the chance to ‘stroll’ around and catch a variety of Grieg’s music as they wished.

A number of musicians also had the opportunity to take part in a masterclass with renowned pianist Tom Poster following his performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall.

Tom gave lots of advice and support to the group of pianists who will be playing the same work in concert on Friday 3 May to round off the Grieg Project.

Perse Head of Keyboard Peter Hewitt, who has overseen the programme, said: “The idea came from one of our fabulous team of piano teachers as the extent of Grieg’s work goes from Grade 3 up to Diploma level, so it meant we could have a big range of pupils which was really pleasing.

“We even had six pupils from the Prep who took part, so it was great to collaborate with them as well.

“There was a terrific buzz around both A Portrait of Edvard and A Nordic Stroll. We had a good number of people come along to both events and they went extremely well.

“It was also lovely to have Tom Poster here, having recently played Grieg at the Royal Festival Hall, to work with the pupils who will be performing the same concerto, especially for the younger ones who haven’t taken part in a masterclass like this before.”

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