Friday 4th June: Neil Crossland (piano)

We are delighted to welcome Neil to St. Luke’s for the first time.

Neil writes: “It is with great pleasure to perform for the first time at St Luke’s. As a tribute to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary of his birth in 2020, I perform his third piano sonata, one of three sonatas in Beethoven’s opus 2 set dedicated to Joseph Haydn who was Beethoven’s teacher at the time.”

Beethoven taught the young and talented Czerny, who in turn took on the young Franz Liszt who became one of the greatest pianists of all time.

Neil will follow the Beethoven with two great works in the style of a one movement tone poem by Liszt – Ballade No. 2 in B minor and Vallee d’Obermann in E minor from Annees de Pelerinage Book 1.

Liszt met Beethoven in 1823 in Vienna at the age of 12. It is reported that the 53 year old Beethoven gave Liszt a kiss for his marvelous playing. This is unlikely to be true, as Beethoven was profoundly deaf by this time.

For more information about Neil please visit: http://neilcrossland.com/