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Cordelia Williams: Acclaimed pianist making her debut visit to Milton Keynes to play with the MKCO
Cordelia Williams: Acclaimed pianist making her debut visit to Milton Keynes to play with the MKCO
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Classical fans with a penchant for Beethoven pieces are in for a real treat this weekend, when Milton Keynes Orchestra dedicate a whole performance to the composer’s work.

Just Beethoven will feature three pieces by the German great – Overture from Fidelio, Piano Concerto No.4 in G major and Symphony No.3, Eroica.

“Beethoven symphonies have always been a core repertoire for the MKCO,” explained founder conductor Hilary Davan Wetton.

“The orchestra played all nine symphonies in its first nine years of existence; none give me greater satisfaction than the Eroica.

“This really is a piece that changed the course of music: greater in scale, greater in intensity and greater in aspiration than anything before it.”

The show, at MK Theatre, will feature soloist Cordelia Williams – the Piano Winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2006.

Since taking that accolade as her own, she has continued to build an international career, and is widely regarded as one of the outstanding pianists of her generation, so this is a welcome opportunity to see a fast-rising player at musical work.

Aside from giving recitals across Great Britain, her talents have been employed further afield too – in France, Italy, Thailand, China, America, Kenya and the Gulf States.

Cordelia’s debut CD, featuring Schubert’s complete Impromptus, was issued last summer.

Naturally, Hilary is thrilled to have Cordelia perform with the orchestra.

“It is a great pleasure...she acquired much public acclaim in the BBC Young Musician 2006 and she is now widely recognised as one of our most exciting young talents.

“This is her first visit to Milton Keynes and it will be a very special evening,” he added.

Saturday’s performance will begin at 7.30pm and tickets to suit all pockets are on sale now, starting at £10, and rising to a top price of £34.

For further details on this show, to view future shows in the MK City Orchestra 2014 season, or to make a ticket booking pay a visit www.mkco.org

> A Choral Celebration for the Epiphany season is being held this Sunday from 6pm at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone.

The Choir of the Church will be directed by Adrian Boynton.