• 17th Sep 2021
  • 7:30pm
  • £20.00

about this event

After twenty-five years as a concert pianist, Richard Saxel enjoys a reputation as one of the most engaging musicians of his generation. He studied with the late Clifford Benson whilst reading a Music degree (with History of Art) at the University of York, and then with Michael Dussek as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, and as a result he has a strong affinity for the art of chamber music and piano accompaniment.

One of Richard's great attributes is his versatility; he works regularly with accomplished singers and instrumentalists, and with a fascinating variety of artists from Indonesian puppeteers to ballet dancers, tango musicians, trapeze artists, music theatre performers, opera and jazz singers and he was one of the six pianists in Piano Circus. He has performed worldwide at many major festivals, including the Abu Dhabi International Festival, Istanbul International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Festival de La Roque-D'Anthéron, the Teatro de Colón in Buenos Aires, The Big Chill, the Victoria Arts Festival in Gozo, the Cheltenham Festival and the Dartington International Summer School, as well as at several of London's leading venues and at St. David's Hall in Cardiff. 

In 2012, Richard gave two concerts in Rome, celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at the invitation of Her Majesty's British Ambassador to Italy. He has won the National Federation of Music Societies Making Music Award, is a Steinway Artist, and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, recognizing a significant contribution to the music profession. He has recorded two solo albums for Quartz Music: ‘On an Overgrown Path’, and ‘Nocturne’, as well as chamber music for Oboe Classics and the ABRSM. 

Richard is strongly committed to music education, regularly adjudicates for festivals and competitions, and is now Director of Music at Cranleigh School in Surrey, where he has taught since 2001.

For more information, please visit www.richardsaxel.co.uk

The concert is a fundraiser to support Cranleigh Arts Centre (Reg Charity: 284186) in our mission to enrich, entertain and inspire our community. 

The Arts and the Hours from Les Boreades          Jean-Philippe Rameau

Sonata in B minor K87                                           Domenico Scarlatti

La Soirée dans Grenades (Estampes)                  Claude Debussy

Sonata in F minor, K481                                        Domenico Scarlatti

Pagodes (Estampes)                                             Claude Debussy

La fille aux cheveux de lin (Preludes, Bk.1)           Claude Debussy

Sonata in A major K208                                         Domenico Scarlatti 
Jardins sous la pluie (Estampes)                           Claude Debussy
Hommage à Rameau (Images, Bk.1)                    Claude Debussy


Three Intermezzi, Op.117                                      Johannes Brahms

 1. Andante moderato

   2. Andante non troppo e con molto espressione

    3. Andante con moto                           

Six Piano Pieces, Op.118                                       Johannes Brahms

1. Intermezzo in A minor

2. Intermezzo in A major

3. Ballade in G minor
4. Intermezzo in F minor
5. Romanze in F major
6. Intermezzo in E flat minor


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