Friday Night Live with Viv McLean – Friday 4th October 2019 

Repertoire to include; Beethoven – ‘Moonlight’  Sonata in C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 1 and Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

A Welcome Note from the Music Director at Royal Porcelain Works; Keith Slade:

A huge hello and welcome to the very first season of the Performing Arts at the Royal Porcelain Works. Music has such a wide and varied outreach and here at the Royal Porcelain Works we will seize your imagination with soloists and groups of International and local repute. Our first season promises to be an epic one!

There are concerts throughout the season that will whet the appetite no matter your musical taste, and with the kaleidoscope of different genres and artistes performing, you are certainly in for a treat.

I would like to welcome all ages to our concerts, but particularly young people and individuals who might never have dipped their toes into the Concert arena. I look forward to having the pleasure of your company throughout the series, and hope that your faith will be rewarded by a musical experience that will stay with you forever.

Viv’s Set for Friday Night LIVE

Beethoven – Sonata in C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 1 “Moonlight”

Chopin – Nocturne in E Flat Op. 9 No. 2
Nocturne in C Sharp Minor Op. Post.
Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Op. 31

interval

Chopin – Nocturne in G Minor Op. 37 No. 1
Nocturne in E Minor Op. 72 No. 1
Polonaise A Flat Op. 53

Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

A bit about the artist…

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan and the Northern Chamber Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Daniel Harding, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis, Barry Wordsworth and Marvin Hamlisch.

Viv studied from an early age with Ruth Nye and, after attending Chetham’s School of Music, he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne. At the Academy he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and also won the NFMS Young Artists Competition.

Viv plays regularly with the Adderbury Ensemble and has also collaborated with groups such as the Leopold String Trio, Ensemble 360, the Ysaye Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, members of the Elias, Allegri and Tippett Quartets as well as artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power and Guy Johnston.

He has performed at numerous festivals including the Cheltenham International Festival, Buxton Festival, Music in the Round Festival and Harrogate International Festival in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Festival International de Musique Classique d’Aigues-Mortes, the Melle Festival and Festival de Saintes in France, the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden.

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records, ICSM Records and Harmony & Imagination Records.

“Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment.” Le Monde (Paris).

 

FAQs

To book your ticket(s) please go to our website www.royalporcelainworks.co.uk/events and select the Friday Night Live event you wish to attend. You will be taken through to a PayPal link to either pay by PayPal or enter your credit card details.

Booking is not essential, however it is advised, as we cannot guarantee a ticket to anyone who has not booked prior to the event.

If there are tickets still available on the day of the event, they will be on sale at the box office on the night, 45 minutes before the start of the event.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund on your ticket(s), however if you are unable to make the event, please let us know as we may be able to offer to exchange your tickets for another Friday Night Live event at The Hall.

Yes, there is a fully stocked licenced bar to get a glass of wine, a coffee or even some sweets!

The Friday Night Live events are jointly organised between Royal Porcelain Works and our Artistic Director of Music; Keith Slade, who also introduces the evening and sometimes even conducts the performances!

Born in the West Midlands, Keith Slade began his musical journey learning the clarinet from the age of ten.  After reaching the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Category, Keith graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded the Hilda Collens’ prize. He furthered his studies under the guidance of Angela Malsbury and Nicholas Rodwell on a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.  At the RAM, Keith was awarded the Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Prize for the most outstanding postgraduate, the John Solomon Woodwind and Brass Prize and the Morgensterns’ Award.

Keith has extensive experience as an orchestral musician and has worked with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Festival Opera and the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Hickox, Pierre Boulez and Andris Nelsons. As a soloist, Keith has performed concerti by Mozart, Finzi, Weber and Copland in venues throughout the UK.

Keith was selected to participate on the Colin Metters’ International Conducting Course in 2012.  Recent appointments include Head of Wind and Brass at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and Head of Woodwind at Oakham School.  Keith has conducted Sinfonia of Birmingham, The National Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, The British Police Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, St Endellion Easter Festival Orchestra and the WorldCon Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s ExCeL Arena. Keith has worked with artists including James MacMillan, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams and Sarah Fox.

In January 2010, Keith was appointed Music Director of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra where he has seen the ensemble grow from strength-to-strength; WSO performs several concerts each season and Keith is a regular guest on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester promoting the orchestra and classical music amongst the local community. In 2014 WSO commissioned a new Children’s work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf entitled The Magic Bojabi Tree which was a huge success. In 2018 WSO performed in Worcester Cathedral in remembrance of the Armistice Centenary. Continuing his passion for music education, Keith worked with primary schools in the area to create a truly remarkable concert. In recognition of his services to WSO, Keith was honoured to be invited by Her Majesty the Queen to a private gathering to celebrate HRH’s Diamond Jubilee in Worcester.

As Principal conductor of Kimichi Symphony Orchestra, Keith received a 5 star review for his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, “Slade’s rehearsal technique is undoubtedly persuasive, and his beat here was clear, histrionic and totally effectual” (Birmingham Post, January 2018.) He subsequently took the production to the Rudolfinum in Prague, and has since conducted Verdi’s Requiem with KSO which received another 5 stars “performance was spine tingling from the start.”

Keith is delighted to offer his services to the Royal Porcelain Works and help bring something different to our incredible venue and to the city of Worcester.

If you would like to suggest an artist for Friday Night Live, please email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk and we will see what we can do.

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  • October 4, 2019
  • Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
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Friday Night Live with Viv McLean on piano

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
October 4, 2019

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Keith Slade - Artistic Director of Music at Royal Porcelain Works

01905 677399

enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk

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Friday Night Live with Viv McLean on piano

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
October 4, 2019

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