Con­cert pi­anist in church show

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

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.

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