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Lent Course, starts Wednesday 21st February, 8.00pm


Lunchtime Classical Concert, Wednesday 28th March, 12.15pm

Valentin is one of our most popular artists, with his engaging introductions to each piece he performs. He has chosen an interesting and enjoyable programme, based largely round the musical Prelude. 

Originally a Prelude was a short musical composition that came before a larger piece. This was certainly true during the Baroque era when J S Bach wrote his two sets of 24 Preludes and Fugues. These are generally regarded as being among the most important works in the history of Western classical music.

However by the time of the Romantic era, the Prelude had more often than not become a stand alone composition, with Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninov all writing their own sets of 24. We will hear in full the Prelude and Fugue in E major BWV 878 by Bach, and a contrasting selection of preludes written by the 3 later composers..

In addition, Valentin will perform Scriabin’s emotionally charged Prelude and Nocturne for the left hand, Op 9, written after he had injured his right hand, as a result of over-practicing, and Chopin’s famous Etude Op 25 no1 (nicknamed Aeolian Harp) and his wonderful Ballade no 3 Op 45 will conclude the programme.