World renowned pianist plays the CapstoneThursday 22 October 2015
Following pianist Stephen Hough’s performance at the Capstone Theatre, University Secretary Graham Donelan reflects on the evening.
Heswall-born musician Stephen Hough, widely recognised as one of the world’s leading pianists, joined four young pianists at a recital staged by the Rainhill Music Festival at the University’s Capstone Theatre.
The evening began with two Liverpool Hope University second year undergraduate Music students – Adam Webster and Callum Rogers - playing pieces by Schubert and Ravel respectively. This was followed by the remarkable 12-year-old Georgie Rooney, who began with a piece jointly composed with his Music teacher and then went onto a rock and roll piece he composed. The first part of the evening was brought to a close by the 2013 winner of the Rainhill Young Musician of the Year Solomon Miles Donnelly, whose playing of pieces by Bach, Scriabin and Chopin belied his years.
After the interval, Stephen Hough treated the audience to a performance of one of his own sonatas, followed by Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue before closing the evening with three from Liszt – the Transcendental Etudes no. 11 and no. 10 and the beautiful Consolation no. 3.
The University and the Rainhill Music Festival were privileged to have the opportunity to hear Stephen Hough close up, and the young musicians who performed on the same bill will surely remember the experience for a very long time. It was particularly inspiring to see a world-class musician on the Steinway Model D Grand, one of several of the prestigious Steinway pianos on the campus. Liverpool Hope University is one of only six All-Steinway Schools in UK Higher Education.
The performance was part of the Capstone Theatre’s autumn season and a precursor to the Rainhill Music Festival, whose patron is Stephen Hough. Based at the University’s Creative Campus, the Capstone Theatre is home to a range of concerts of a wide range of music styles held throughout the year.
Pictured: Callum Rogers