Maureen and I felt privileged to be invited to this musical evening organised by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, held in the magnificent surroundings of the Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair.
In the first part we were treated to two pieces, Sonata in A flat Major by Beethoven, and then Prokoviev's rumbustious Sonata in A Major, the first of the three 'War' sonatas. The pianist was David Soo, (pictured) an amazingly talented young man, who I would describe as a 'Lang Lang mark 2'!
For the second part, David was joined by an equally talented young lady, Zhu Sun, (also pictured) when the mood lightened as they played some delightful duets, including Bach's 'Sheep May Safely Graze', Ravel's 'Liaderonnette' and Dvorak's 'Slavonic Dance'.
David then bought the concert to a close with two dramatic pieces by Liszt, 'Petrarch Sonnet no 104' and 'Rhapsodie Espagnole'.
A very sociable evening, with many Masters present, and time to chat over a glass of wine at the interval.
As if not beneficial enough, already, I had a chance to chat to two friends of the pianist, and I learnt they were both doing Post Graduate research at UCL, one into optical studies and the other into electric batteries. I have invited them to consider the benefits of being Freemen of our Company!
Altogether a great evening!