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Elegie: Rachmaninoff – A Heart in Exile • Lunchtime Concert

11:30am, Saturday, July 17th, 2021
Fairlight Hall, Fairlight, Hastings


Lucy Parham –  piano
Tim McInnerny –  narrator
Scripted by Lucy Parham

This exclusive, socially distanced performance will take place in Fairlight Hall courtyard.  Tickets for the lunchtime performance include access to the gardens one hour before the performance. There will be a cash bar on site.

Tickets £40
Grounds open 11.30
Performance 12.30-1.30 (no interval)

Known internationally for her ‘Composer Portraits’ in words and music, pianist Lucy Parham has created a new programme. Elegie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Though he became an exile in 1917, Russia remained deeply rooted in his soul. His cultural identity and his longing for his homeland imbue his music, not least the many much-loved works he wrote for his own instrument, the piano. The narrative, scripted from letters and diaries, follows Rachmaninoff from his youth in Russia, through his subsequent self-imposed exile in 1917 and finally to California USA, where he died in 1943.

The concert includes many of his best- loved works for solo piano, including a selection of Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux and Moments Musicaux, some of his own transcriptions and the haunting Elégie, as well as works by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.

“Lucy Parham’s trailblazing evening concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.” BBC Music Magazine

“This is the crowning glory of Parham’s Composer Portrait series” Pianist Magazine  ***** (5 stars)


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Acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest pianists, Lucy Parham applies her sensitivity and imagination not only to concertos and recitals, but also to portraits in words and music of such composers as Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

Her life-long passion for the music of Schumann inspired the original concept of the words and music evening, Beloved Clara.  Two further evenings, Liszt – An Odyssey of Love and Nocturne – The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin also premiered in the London Piano Series at the Wigmore Hall. These musical portraits have toured the UK and abroad, also making their US debuts in Los Angeles and subsequently broadcast on NPR across the USA. The fourth programme, Rêverie – the life and loves of Claude Debussy was premiered at the Wigmore Hall London Piano Series with Henry Goodman. The CDs of Beloved Clara (Martin Jarvis/Joanna David), Nocturne (Samuel West/Harriet Walter), Odyssey of Love (Henry Goodman/Juliet Stevenson) and Rêverie (Alex Jennings) have all been released to critical acclaim.


Tim McInnerny Hastings Piano


Tim McInnerny was born on September 18, 1956 in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England as Timothy L. McInnerny. He is an actor, known for Notting Hill (1999), MI-5 (2015) and Eddie the Eagle (2015).

After playing an essentially similar character called “Percy” in each of the first two “Black Adder” series, he declined to reprise the character in Blackadder the Third (1987), as he felt that the possibilities of playing a bumbling fool had been exhausted. After playing a guest role in one episode of the third series, writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton persuaded him back into the regular cast for Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) by offering him a role with a different name (and personality) in the shape of “Captain Darling”. He is, thus, the only one of the cast to play differently named regular characters in different series.

Along with Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, he is one of only three actors to appear in all four “Blackadder” series: Blackadder (1982), Blackadder II (1986), Blackadder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989).


Fairlight Hall, Martineau Ln, Fairlight, Hastings TN35 5DR

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