West London Buddhist Centre

Viola and piano recital by Paul Silverthorne and David Owen Norris

Published in Calendar for all events, Cultural Event

  • Sat Dec 8th 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • 9:30 pm
  • Booking not required
  • £15 Full waged / £10 Part waged / £5 Unwaged Our arts events can sell out - advance booking highly recommended. Number of £5 tickets limited.

Part of WLBC’s music and performance programme, featuring leading professional performers sharing work they love in the friendly and intimate setting of the Buddhist Centre.  Watch this space for full details.

Paul Silverthorne

“a virtuoso in sensitivity and technique” The Times

Paul SilverthornePaul Silverthorne is one of the UK’s foremost viola players. He holds the principal positions in both the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta and appears regularly as a soloist with these and other major orchestras around the world.

Throughout his career he has worked closely with some of the leading composers of our time, this relationship inspiring many of them to write for him, enlarging a repertoire that already encompasses all the major viola works as well as his own transcriptions and lesser known pieces from all periods.

He has recorded a wide range of repertoire for EMI, Black Box, Naxos, Chandos, Koch International Classics, Meridian, Toccata Classics and others to much critical acclaim.

He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and plays a viola made by the Brothers Amati in 1620 which is loaned to him from their collection.

David Owen Norris

David Owen Norris is a pianist, composer & broadcaster.

The first winner of the Gilmore Artist Award, he has played concertos all over North America and Australia, along with several appearances in the BBC Proms. A television programme entirely devoted to his work on the Elgar Piano Concerto, ending with a spectacular live performance of the whole work, has been shown frequently. Last year he recorded his own Piano Concerto in C with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

David also plays early pianos. His discovery that the world’s first piano concertos were written around 1770 in London for the tiny square piano led to a complete reconsideration of that instrument, with an epoch-making recording, and concerto tours of Britain, Europe and America.

2017 saw the start of the Jupiter Project, comprising concerts, workshops, CD recordings and video, relating to the remarkable body of mid-nineteenth-century chamber-music arrangements of Mozart piano concertos, symphonies and overtures.

He has been a familiar face on music television since 1990, when he presented The Real Thing?: Questions of Authenticity on BBC2, described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the most probing and literate programme on music seen for a long while’: its analysis of the issues, in discussion with Pierre Boulez, John Eliot Gardiner, Reinhard Goebel, Ton Koopman & Raymond Leppard, set an agenda for a generation. His popular Radio 4 Playlist series is often repeated, and on Radio 3 his contributions to Building a Library are keenly relished. He has a long history with Radio 3, which discovered him as a young artist: in his first few years as a solo performer he made over two hundred broadcasts. For several years round 1990 he had his own weekly show, The Works, still fondly remembered, and in the middle years of that decade he presented In Tune.

David’s rise as a composer is more recent. Audiences have been discovering his music through a series of major works, including the oratorio Prayerbook, the Piano Concerto in C, both recorded commercially, and the Symphony. He wrote two large-scale works in 2015: Turning Points, a celebration of democracy supported financially by the Agincourt600 Committee, which had its fourth performance in February 2017 in a packed Winchester Cathedral; and HengeMusic, a multi-media piece for organ and saxophone quartet with film and poetry, supported by Arts Council England, which has had several performances, with a recording in preparation.

David Owen Norris is Professor of Musical Performance at the University of Southampton, and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (by examination) at the age of nineteen. He was elected one of the three hundred Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music at the age of twenty-nine, and was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.


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