At London’s Wigmore Hall on Sunday January 8th 2012 London based award winning Queensland born pianist Jayson Gillham will present a varied program featuring the towering Brahms Handel Variations, Chopin’s ever-popular 4th Ballade and 4th Scherzo, and Nigel Westlake’s thrilling Piano Sonata No. 2. In September 2007 Jayson relocated to the UK to complete postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree with distinction and the DipRAM award. Jayson’s report from the Masters’ examination panel stated, “Phenomenal, perhaps the finest final recital we can remember.” In October 2010 Jayson reached the semi-finals of the Warsaw Chopin International Piano Competition, the first Australian to claim such an achievement in what is generally regarded as the greatest piano competition in the world. Competition critic Michael Moran remarked “…Australian Jayson Gillham I felt brought some much needed authentic Chopin expression… Marvellous ‘laid back’ approach to playing Chopin and a deep natural musicality. How refreshing… Reminded me at various moments so much of the moderation and taste of Artur Rubinstein – qualities in very short supply during this competition.” If you are in London be sure to catch Jayson Gillham @ Wigmore Hall Sunday January 8th 2012 Time: 7:30 pm. Admission: £8-£13. Box office: +44 (0)20 7935 2141. Address: 36 Wigmore Street, London. Venue phone: +44 (0)20 7935 2141. Presenter: Kirckman Concert Society.
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It was in 1762 that James Christie established himself, and successive members of his family, as an auctioneer in Pall Mall at London. By the time this portrait was painted in 1778 he had moved to commercial premises adjacent to the painter Thomas Gainsborough’s residence where this portrait was rendered…