A rare chance to enjoy an evening with Sue Perkins packed full of sparkling wit, great stories, a user’s guide to Mary Berry and the very best bits from her hilarious best-selling memoir Spectacles.
Sue is best known for being one quarter of double act Mel and Sue. In 2008 she won the BBC show Maestro culminating in her conducting at The Last Night of the Proms. She has collaborated with food-critic Giles Coren on the Supersizers series, created the acclaimed travel documentary The Mekong River with Sue Perkins and is a regular contributor to Have I Got News For You, Just a Minute, Qi and The News Quiz.
Oh, and apparently she does some cake show on BBC1.
Ever wondered what it’s like to sing live at Symphony Hall with the full CBSO? Now’s your chance to find out, in this one-off performance from scratch of Mozart’s Requiem. And whether you’re a choral society veteran or have only ever sung in the shower, you’re welcome to rehearse and perform it today, under the CBSO’s world-famous chorus director Simon Halsey.
Singer information: rehearsals start at 1.30pm; details will be sent with singer tickets. Scores: we will be using the Novello edition. To hire a score with Simon Halsey’s rehearsal markings, purchase the Singer & Score Hire ticket when booking. NB If you’re not bringing your own score, pre-booking score hire is essential. Collect your pre-booked score on the day.
Alfred Brendel retired from the concert platform in 2008. Now he returns as a speaker, discussing the ideas and inspiration that, for nearly fifty years, have made him one of the world’s leading pianists. There will be a chance to savour the old Brendel magic when he illustrates his thoughts at the piano.
BBC Music magazine’s Editor Oliver Condy explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert: “Alfred Brendel may have retired from public piano performance, but that hasn’t stopped one of the most entertaining, intelligent and thoughtful musicians from sharing his views on music. Brendel has as much a gift for communicating verbally as he does musically.”www.thsh.co.uk
…..”During his concert and recording career Alfred Brendel always impressed me as a thoughtful, articulate and deeply musical pianist. On the evidence of this lecture he’s just as successful a musical communicator now that he’s switched from the keyboard to the spoken word. His delivery was modest in style but held the attention of his audience throughout. It’s good that Alfred Brendel’s musical wisdom and insight are still on show to the public even after his retirement from the concert platform.”
“Now retired from the concert-platform, the pianist Alfred Brendel (one of the greatest performer-thinkers the world has ever seen), delivered an engrossing lecture with copious musical examples, some recorded, more of them played so grippingly by himself at the piano (the gifts haven’t diminished).” …..
“Charismatic young conductor Andris Nelsons is a talent in global demand. Since joining the CBSO in 2007 his reputation has soared – a thrilling debut at last year’s Proms will be followed by the opening night at Bayreuth this year. He talks to Fiona Maddocks about growing up in Riga, Simon Rattle’s legacy and Birmingham’s bid for UK City of Culture 2013″