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Doors open 7pm. Recital commences at 7.45pm.

Gala Evening with Chopin – A fundraising event.

Jan Vriend plays all four of Chopin’s Scherzos and Ballades in celebration of the new Steinway B, and to launch our fundraising campaign to secure its permanent residency in the Shed.

Composer and pianist Jan has given several sell-out recitals in aid of the Goods Shed in the past, in which his love of Chopin’s music came amply to the fore.

To devote an entire concert to these monumental works by the greatest piano composer of all time is therefore a natural choice and bound to bring out the full range of both the lyrical and the virtuoso qualities of the newly acquired piano.

The evening will be set up in celebratory mode. Your ticket will include a glass of wine or other drink, a few canapés and represent a first donation.

If you like what you hear and experience, you may want to take part in our fundraising effort, which we will outline during the evening.

The Ballades and Scherzos

Some of the finest piano music to have come out of the nineteenth century, Chopin’s Ballades and Scherzos are individual creations of extraordinary expressive range and daring originality. They are among the most taxing works of the piano repertoire, as much for their interpretative challenges as their formidable technical ones.

Jan Vriend

Jan Vriend, born in 1938 in Benningbroek, The Netherlands, has lived and worked in Gloucestershire since 1984. He started his career as an all-rounder: pianist, organist and conductor, covering a broad variety of styles and genres.

Here, he plays Chopin’s Nocturne in C Minor Op. 48 No. 1 at the Goods Shed in 2017.

Ever questioning the very foundations of music, he collaborated with his late friend and colleague Jos Kunst, whose ‘Making Sense in Music’ was the fruit of long and serious probing into the question of how music communicates.

Perhaps best known for being the co-founder and first conductor of ASKO, which developed into the internationally renowned ASKO Ensemble and lately merged into the ASKO|Schoenberg Ensemble, Jan has been a full-time composer since the mid-seventies. His website is janvriend.co.uk

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