Robin will briefly introduce each piece with fascinating and entertaining information about the music (and in some cases information on the technique required to play the music) and include humorous musical anecdotes about the composers’ lives and the life of a concert pianist on tour.
"Colvill introduced the music in his own inimitable style and with his usual touch of gentle humour. A wonderful evening of entertainment from a virtuoso pianist and accomplished raconteur."
Lisburn Arts Theatre, N. Ireland
The Nostalgic Piano
Composers include Chaminade, Debussy, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Lecuona, Moszkowski, Ponce, Lasson and others and popular, 20th century works; Rustle of Spring, Dream of Olwen, Legend of the Glass Mountain and The Warsaw Concerto.
In this programme we go back in time for a performance of piano pieces that were highly popular at the end of the 19th and at the turn of the 20th centuries. In almost all cases it was the composers themselves who made these pieces famous by performing them in their own recitals around the world. Robin will introduce the music with fascinating information about the composers and their lives on tour around the world.
Popular Piano Classics or
From Bach to Gershwin
A programme that is tailor-made for either entertaining audiences at public concert venues or for educational purposes in colleges and universities, both in the UK and abroad. For educational presentations the programme is of either 45 or 60 minutes duration. A wide range of composers from 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Chopin and the Romantics
Composers include Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Tchaikovsky.
The ‘romantic’ composers wrote with true expression, drama and individuality and produced descriptive, beautiful, often passionate, melodies. Unlike the music of the earlier Classical Era, the music of the Romantic period gave growing importance to content over form; melody became an all important feature. This is exemplified in the music of the composers chosen for this programme with each piece containing a wonderful melody. At the heart of the movement was one of the greatest exponents of romantic melody, Frederic Chopin; the poet of the piano.