British concert pianist Lucy Parham came to prominence when she won the piano final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1984, and has since played with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors. More recently, she has become synonymous with performances of Words and Music. Lucy teams up with eminent actors, and themes her concerts; each one delves into the lives (and often the loves too) of celebrated composers, such as Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Debussy.
Piano music combined with narration is indeed a popular concept, and Lucy has just released a couple of videos showcasing her work. You can enjoy them both by clicking on the links below:
If you would like to soak up the atmosphere and hear Lucy in person, here are a couple of forthcoming events:
Odyssey of Love (which focuses on Liszt and his women) will be performed on the 16th January at the Salisbury Playhouse, and Lucy is joined by Joanna David and Martin Jarvis, and also on the 17th January at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, where Harriet Walter and Henry Goodman will feature.
I interviewed Lucy as part of my Classical Conversations Series; she was one of my first guests:
For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 level are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.
You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.