ONLINE: Neil Crossland – piano

Thursday 19th August, 2021, at 1:15 pm

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The Programme

Neil Crossland – piano

L van Beethoven

‘Moonlight’ Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor
i. Adagio sostenuto
ii. Allegretto e Trio
iii. Presto agitato

F Schubert

‘Unfinished’ Sonata in F sharp minor D 571
(Completed by Neil Crossland)
i. Allegro moderato


(Arranged Neil Crossland)
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Love of my Life


The Artist

“If Beethoven hadn’t written his piano sonatas with himself in mind, he might quite happily have written them for Crossland” – The Guardian

Neil Crossland began playing the piano at the age of six and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won major prizes in both piano and composition. Since then he has performed extensively at home and abroad, and written pieces in all genres. Neil has played at many major London venues, including the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall. St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and frequent appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. He has performed all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a concert series at St James’s Piccadilly. He has also performed throughout the UK, and in France, Greece, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tunisia and recently in Singapore giving concerts of the unfinished Schubert Sonatas, also workshops and master classes.

As a composer, Neil is known for his original but accessible style. He has written a Requiem, Op 43 for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Other noteworthy works include the Yorkshire Suite for Piano Op 41, the Variations for piano duet on the Paganini’s 24th Caprice and the Beethoven Ode to Joy and the Piano trio No 2 ‘Damage’. His latest compositions are songs set to poems by the three Bronte sisters for Piano and Soprano Op 52 performed at St James’s Piccadilly. He is also recognised for his ability to write successful transcriptions and convincing works in older styles. In particular Neil has completed and recorded all the seven unfinished Schubert piano sonatas.

“Music rages in him and his breed is rare” – Evening Standard

“A world-class pianist. Pristine technique, faultless performances, actorly intuition” – Richmond & Twickenham Times

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