£12.88

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

The Assembly House

Theatre Street

Norwich

NR2 1RQ

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

Assembly House Classical Presents:

Ben Comeau - Piano

Programme to include works by Bach & Chopin


Ben Comeau is a freelance musician based in London, where he divides his time between piano, organ, composition and jazz. In 2014 he graduated top of his year from Cambridge University with a starred first in music. He is equally at home in a huge variety of musical contexts: as a classical performer he has won international competitions, but he is also active on the London jazz and cabaret scenes, and is in heavy demand as an accompanist, provider of background music, and much more. As a composer he has written and performed two piano concertos, performing the second in venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall and St. Martin's in the Fields. He has been asked to compose for the Britten Sinfonia (who performed the resulting work at the Wigmore Hall), the choirs of St. John's College Cambridge and Truro Cathedral, the King's Lynn Festival, Choir and Organ Magazine and many more. As a pianist, he has performed concertos by Mozart and Gershwin, as well as Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time; highlights of his solo repertoire include much of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and numerous contemporary works by composers including György Ligeti, Kaija Saariaho, Robin Holloway and Thomas Adès. As an accompanist he has worked with internationally renowned soloists including Sir John Tomlinson, Andrew Kennedy and Nicholas Mulroy. He has an LRSM diploma on piano with high distinction. On the lighter end of things he has appeared several times on BBC Radio London with cabaret act Bounder and Cad. At the age of 18 he won the inaugural Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, playing part of his own transcription of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite; he recently passed his FRCO organ diploma exam with all the available prizes. He was the organ scholar at Girton College, Cambridge for three years, and recital venues have included twelve Cambridge colleges, as well as several English cathedrals and Ulster Hall, Belfast. He is very interested in the interplay and relationships between different styles of music. Recital programmes frequently include an eclectic mix of genres and styles, from Bach to Chopin to Debussy to Art Tatum to Pink Floyd to Ligeti. Improvisation forms a large part of his work, both in classical styles and jazz styles, and sometimes mixing the two. He has improvised soundtracks on the organ and piano to the silent films Phantom of the Opera, Nosferatu and Battleship Potemkin. As a teacher he is employed by Cambridge University to teach modules in harmony and counterpoint, keyboard skills and tonal skills to first and second year undergraduates. Future plans include several solo recitals in France as well as a new ensemble project fusing contemporary classical music and minimalism with sounds from Radiohead and Björk.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

The Assembly House

Theatre Street

Norwich

NR2 1RQ

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Save This Event

Event Saved