Concert pianist in church show
The Wesley Methodist Church in Albany has announced Perth concert pianist Jonathan Bradley will inaugurate the Concerts at Wesley Foundation.
The special performance organised by the Albany Uniting Church will encourage local performers to use the Wesley Church as a venue for classical music concerts.
Local musician and co-ordinator of Concerts at the Wesley Foundation Patrick Elms said Bradley would be playing a Bechstein grand piano.
“He will be playing classical repertoire by composers who either owned or composed for Bechstein pianos in the late 19th and early 20th century,” he said.
“Some of the composers featured will be Liszt, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Debussy and Scriabin.
“We hope people come along to allow people like Jonathan to continue to practise his art at the highest level. Otherwise, people like him will not be available to perform at this standard in country towns like ours.”
The church was built in 1890. Seating almost 300 people, it offers a beautiful, natural acoustic suited perfectly to classical concerts.
The church recently acquired a concert-standard grand piano as part of moves to have the venue ready for performers wishing to use the facility.
“The Concerts at Wesley Foundation plans to hold two or three classical music concerts a year using local and imported artists and also to help facilitate other groups that may wish to use the facility,” Mr Elms said.
“The City of Albany Band will do a concert the very next weekend from ours.”
The performance will take place at the Wesley Church on Saturday, November 18, at 4pm, with drinks and nibbles provided after the recital.
Entry is by donation and all proceeds go towards continuing to host concerts at the venue.
Renowned Australian pianist Jonathan Bradley.