St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Gil Jetley - piano

Tuesday, 8 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Gil Jetley - piano

Tchaikovsky/Pletnev  

Three pieces from the Nutcracker Suite

    March
    Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
    Pas de Deux

Tchaikovsky/Jetley

Romeo and Juliet

In today's world when many musicians find financial security in second careers, Jetley's 'day job' as a senior partner in an international business consultancy does not appear to have impacted his success as a musician. In recent years he has been a semi-finalist in international competitions in London (2007) and Manchester (2012), a finalist in Warsaw (2009), prize-winner in Berlin (2010) and outright winner in Warsaw (2012).

Jetley has performed at numerous festivals around the world (Paris, Nice, Berlin, Munich, Budapest, Shanghai, Buenos Aires), and several times toured Poland where it was commented 'he plays Chopin with the true Polish spirit.' He has given recitals in the UK, Italy, Singapore, Canada and New Zealand, and regularly performs at St. Pauls, Covent Garden, London.  Most recently he was guest artist for the Chopin Society in Warsaw for whom he gave recitals at the Staszica Palace and in their celebrated 'Concert in the Park' series.  In 2014 the Society has invited him to return for a special performance in Chopin's home town.

In composing his concert overture to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky did not attempt to 'tell the story' of the tragedy as it happens.  Rather, he evokes certain scenes or actions suggestive of the drama.  So we begin with a rather severe opening depicting the ecclesiastical background of Friar Lawrence, suitably coloured by his tender desire to help the couple.  Urgent to-and-fro-ings follow and at various times we hear the clashing swords of feuding Capulets and Montagues. There must of course be a love theme, appropriately increasing in passion with each appearance. Ultimately we are left in no doubt as to the moment Juliet thrusts Romeo's own sword into her heart - briefly it continues to beat, before the lovers are finally united in spirit.