I’m always so proud when I see my talented friends perform but none more so than this evening.
John Flinders, your humanity always shines brightest when you play. I enjoy watching you as much as I enjoy hearing you because I can see the physicalisation of your inner feelings as you express every note, every phrase and as you shape a relationship between yourself and the orchestra. What a beautiful way to end the weekend. Thank you for sharing so much with so many.
Blackheath Halls Orchestra perform a fairy tale ending to their intensive weekend project in this evening concert featuring Rachmaninov’s famous Piano Concerto with pianist John Flinders.
Mussorgsky Night on Bare Mountain*
Rimsky-Korsakov The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship; The Legend of The Kalendar Prince from Scheherazade
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor
John Flinders discovered his love of ensemble playing whilst at school, and he was inspired to specialise in the art of accompaniment by his studies with Dorothea Law at the University of York, and Mary Peppin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Recently John has performed the solo part in Constant Lambert’sThe Rio Grande,and Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos K.365 with duo partner Rebecca Holt. His CD of Peter Dickinson’s Five Forgeries for piano duet, which he recorded with the composer, was released in 2009. He has a busy and wide-ranging musical career; he has appeared on BBC TV, Radio 3 and Classic FM, and has performed in Japan, Turkey, Croatia and South America. He is particularly noted for his performances of the clarinet repertoire and has worked with many of Britain’s leading clarinettists, including Margaret Archibald, David Campbell, Roger Heaton, Colin Lawson, Antony Pay, Gervase de Peyer, Ian Scott, Victoria Soames Samek and Michael Whight. In recital he has also partnered Piers Adams, John Anderson, William Bennett, Richard Edgar-Wilson, Juliet Edwards, Jill Gomez (in a Mozart concert aria conducted by Martyn Brabbins), Paul Goodey, Neil Jenkins, Melinda Maxwell, Ian Partridge, Laurence Perkins, and Adrian Thompson, and has accompanied monologues recited by the actress Patricia Hodge and mezzosoprano Linda Hirst. His recording with the English Romantics Trio of works for clarinet, bassoon and piano by William Hurlstone and Charles Lloyd was acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine and the American Record Guide, and his CD of English clarinet music with Victoria Soames Samek was highly recommended by the Sunday Times and Gramophone. Their latest CD on the Clarinet Classics label features rare French virtuoso works for clarinet and piano, most of which are première recordings. In 2006 John made his conducting début, in a performance of Purcell’sDido and Aeneas; plans for 2011-12 include recitals at Aberystwyth Musicfest and Dartington International Summer School, and a performance with Rebecca Holt of Saint-Saëns’Carnival of the Animalsin the Music Room of the Brighton Pavilion.