Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Mary's
Market Street
WS13 6QG


Johann Sebastian BachPartita no.4 in D major for keyboard, BWV 828
~ Interval ~
Frédéric ChopinBallade no.3 in A flat major, Op.47
Gabriel Fauré3 Nocturnes, Op.33
Frédéric ChopinScherzo no.2 in B flat minor, Op.31


James Longford – piano

Programme Note

It is well-known that Chopin hugely admired the work of JS Bach and would play his Preludes & Fugues before his own performances, as well as encourage his pupils to exercise their minds and fingers with the great man’s music.

Firstly, a suite from the last set that Bach wrote – a rich, grand and cosmopolitan selection of seven stylised dances from Europe, designed to be played for entertainment in the home. 

The second half features two of Chopin’s most loved works – the romantic third Ballade and the dazzling Scherzo no.2 – alongside a set of Nocturnes by Fauré, who was deeply inspired by Chopin’s soaring melodic lines, and took his harmonic freedom to new levels.

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