A Concert of Remembrance with Nicholas McCarthy

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A Concert of Remembrance with Nicholas McCarthy

  • Wed 11 Nov 2015
  • 7:30PM
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St John’s Smith Square

St. John’sSmith Square London SW1P 3HA

UK

T 020 7222 1061

http://www.sjss.org.uk/

Celebrated on-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy performs Ravel's Piano For Left Hand in tribute to Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein at this London Remembrance Concert.

This will be the first time since Paul Wittgenstein at the 1951 Proms that a one-handed concert pianist has performed the great and defiant Ravel Piano Concerto for left hand with full Orchestra.

Nicholas McCarthy was born in 1989 without his right hand and only began to play the piano at the late age of 14.  He has faced his fair share of doubters and obstacles but never gave up on his dream of becoming a concert pianist.  He has made history graduating from the Royal College of Music and performing alongside super band Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympic closing ceremony and 2015 sees a Warner Classic’s top 10 album. Nicholas’s international career has seen him play all over the world and across press, television and media.

The Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand was commissioned by Austrian concert pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm fighting during the First World War. Defiantly refusing to give up on his career, despite losing his right hand, he commissioned leading composers of the 20th Century to write left hand alone concertos, Ravel’s being the most famous of these.

Nicholas will tell of Paul Wittgenstein’s powerful struggle to overcome wartime injury to pursue his concert career no matter what.

“Without Paul Wittgenstein, I wouldn’t have the career I have today”

Pianist Nicholas McCarthy joins The Kent Sinfonia Orchestra with other soloists and Conductors at, “A Concert of Remembrance at St John’s Smith Square, London on Armistice Day, November 11th at 7.30pm

Tickets and further information available at www.sjss.org.uk