The music of friends seems to be to the fore this month. A four-day event at Kings Place, London, Celebrating Grainger 2011, will feature that talented pianist from Dalby, Jayson Gillham, who together with friends John Lavender and Penelope Thwaites will present this controversial and interesting composer’s works in his 50th anniversary year. At Brisbane keyboard virtuoso Christopher Wrench, cellist Louise King and their friends will feature in the Chamber Music Series.
Expat Australian musicians who are friends in London are among those honouring the works and 50th annniversary of esteemed Melbourne born Australian composer and pianist George Percy Grainger 1882 – 1961. They are all participating in The Grainger Festival, a four-day event at Kings Place, reports brilliant young Dalby born pianist Jayson Gillham from London.
Currently at Warsaw young Queensland pianist and Australian National Piano Award winner (2008) Jayson Gillham is one of eighty-one pianists from 23 countries competing for honours at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, marking the bicentennial of the composer’s birth.