Tin­kling of ivories to lift spir­its

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Wine -

In­ter­na­tional per­former Clair Louise Hiles will grace Mar­garet River’s Unit­ing Church early next month.

The Jan­uary 13 gig will fea­ture pi­ano com­po­si­tions from com­posers such as Beethoven, Ravel and Schu­mann, start­ing from 2.30pm.

“The truth is that I am de­lighted to be play­ing three af­ter­noon recitals in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary and in­vite au­di­ence mem­bers to come with an open­ness to hear some of the great works of clas­si­cal pi­ano mu­sic, by Schu­mann, Beethoven and Ravel, played with as much com­mit­ment and pres­ence of be­ing, and with as much joy as I al­ways feel when at the pi­ano,” she said.

“Each ex­pe­ri­ence is cre­ated con­sciously as a time and space of beauty and ex­pres­sion through sound.”

Hiles lives in Lon­don and has stud­ied in­ter­na­tion­ally dur­ing her ca­reer, which started at age five, and in­cluded stints at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity, Lon­don’s Guild­hall School of Mu­sic, and with Sey­mour Bern­stein in New York.

She trained as a mu­sic ther­a­pist and sound healer “ex­plor­ing the ther­a­peu­tic na­ture of sound and vi­bra­tional heal­ing”.

Hiles said meet­ing Bern­stein in 2016 “redi­rected” her to clas­si­cal pi­ano and re­newed her pas­sion for pub­lic per­for­mances.

Ad­mis­sion to the per­for­mance at 60 Tin­gle Av­enue is by do­na­tion, start­ing from $10, and in­cludes af­ter­noon tea, but at­ten­dees are also asked to bring a plate.

Clas­si­cal pi­anist and sound healer Clair Hiles will per­form in Mar­garet River on Jan­uary 13.

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