Tippett/Beethoven Series

Sunday 8 July 2018, 10am – 6pm
City Lit, 1—10 Keeley St, London, WC2B 4BA

Tippett Day: a celebration of the life and work of Sir Michael Tippett on the 20th anniversary of his death, focusing on the composer’s piano music and his intense relationship to the music of Beethoven.

The morning session will consist of talks and a round table discussion on Tippett, his piano music, and his relationship to Beethoven.

Confirmed speakers include Meirion Bowen (Tippett’s partner and most closely bound up with the 3rd and 4th Sonatas), Oliver Soden (currently writing the first full length biography of Tippett for publication in 2019), Dr Christopher Mark, prominent English music researcher, William Mival, Head of Composition at RCM and frequent broadcaster, as well as Andrew Ball, distinguished pianist and teacher, and former Head of Keyboard Studies at the RCM, who will give the afternoon masterclass.

The masterclass, from 2 pm, will feature three of the four pianists who are playing in the concert series at St. James’s Piccadilly in August (see below): Yuki Negishi, Julian Trevelyan and Thomas Ang and a voice and piano team performing ‘The Heart’s Assurance‘.

Tickets for full day of events: £40, £20 BPSE/EPTA/ISM, £10 Students
Cash on the door OR email


The concert series will survey the four piano sonatas of Tippett, each coupled with a Beethoven piano sonata and other pieces by various composers.

Entry to all concerts is free with a collection.

Wednesday 1 August 2018, 1.10pm

Yuki Negishi, piano

Beethoven Sonata No.17, in D minor, Op.31 No.2, “Tempest
Tippett Sonata No.2 (1962)
Chopin Ballad No.3, in Ab, Op.47
Kapustin Prelude Op.53 No.5
Kapustin Concert Etude Op.40 No.1, Prelude

Wednesday 8 August 2018, 1.10pm

Julian Trevelyn, piano

William Byrd Ut re mi fa sol la, from My Ladye Nevells Booke
Beethoven Sonata No.31, in Ab, Op.110
Tippett Sonata No.1 (1936–8)

Wednesday 15 August 2018, 1.10pm

Lee Jae Phang, piano

Beethoven Sonata No.10, in G, Op.14 No.2
Debussy Hommage à Rameau, from Images Book 1
Debussy Les collines d’Anacapri, from Préludes Book 1
Tippett Sonata No. 3 (1972–3)

Wednesday 22 August 2018, 1.10pm

Thomas Ang, piano

Beethoven/Liszt Adelaide
Beethoven/Tausig Cavatina from String Quartet Op.130
Tippett Sonata No.4 (1983–4)

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