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Piano prodigy’s South Cumbria performance

Published on: Tuesday 18th August 2015
Categorised under: Live, Play , Culture, Lake District

ONE of the world's brightest classical music prospects makes an appearance in the Lake District later this month.

Emmanuel Vass has reached the number one spot in the specialist classical charts, and his debut tour two years ago saw him perform at prestigious venues such as the Queen's Theatre West End, Castle Howard, and Steinway Hall, whilst broadcasting on both BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Classic FM.

Now 26, he is mid-way through his latest summer run, which kicked off at Chatsworth House, and reaches St Michael’s, in Hawkshead, on Tuesday August 25.

His chart-topping radio broadcasts reflect both his eclectic taste in music and his supreme versatility as a pianist. He is at ease with the challenges of Bach as with the demanding pianistic technique required for his own arrangements - in the manner of Liszt - of the James Bond theme, Bohemian Rhapsody, and traditional sea shanties - which have drawn huge attention on YouTube.

His busy recital schedule has included performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Sheffield Cathedral, Grassington Festival, the Long Gallery at Castle Howard, and Hexham Abbey. He has performed for Lord Levy and the Russian Ambassador in the Golden Room in Kensington Palace Gardens, and having been born in Manila, his engagement playing for the Filipino ambassador at St Sepulchre’s Church, in London, held particular significance.

In September 2012 he made his first BBC Radio 3 appearance as part of a masterclass, presented by David Owen-Norris and filmed in front of a live audience at BBC Broadcasting House.

The concert on Tuesday 25 starts at 8pm, and entrance is free, but the church will accept donations to charity.

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