Friday 9 November, 1.10pm
Kenneth Hamilton piano
On Wings of Song
Variations on a Theme of Herold, Op. 12
Fantasia on Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Fantasy on Verdi’s Rigoletto
Long before the invention of the Steinway, the Erard concert grand ruled the concert halls of Europe. It was Liszt’s favourite piano; and famously admired by Chopin and Mendelssohn. The Barber Institute is home to one of the world’s finest surviving Erards – a beautiful 1850s instrument in top-class playing condition. Pianist and Professor Kenneth Hamilton gives a lively introduction to the instrument, and plays some of the wonderful music written for it.