In support of Children in Need and in conclusion to Piano Season on the BBC, Petroc Trelawny presents a live gala concert from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff with the BBC National orchestra of Wales and Grant Llewellyn. Click to donate via the link on the Radio 3 website. As well as several party items, including an appearance from the Radio 3 Piano Learners who have undertaken to learn the basics of the instrument in just six weeks - they include: Radio 1's Dev; BBC Breakfast's weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood; the Asian network's Tommy Sandhu and Olympic Pentathelete Samantha Murray - all proficiently assisted by Blue Peter's Barney Harwood - there are also appearances from Noriko Ogawa, Kathryn Stott, Alexandra Dariescu, Thomas Yu (Joint Winner of the Yamaha Amateur Piano Competition) and Valentina Lisitsa. Left-hand pianist Nicholas McCarthy performs music for solo piano.
The programme includes:
JS Bach: Concerto for Three Pianos in D minor BWV 1063
(Noriko Ogawa, Thomas Yu, Alexandra Dariescu)
Graham Fitkin: Circuit
(Kathryn Stott, Noriko Ogawa)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor
Alexandra Dariescu, Valentina Lisitsa, Nicholas McCarthy, Noriko Ogawa, Kathryn Stott,Thomas Yu, pianos
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Grant Llewellyn, conductor.