Mark Bebbington

John Ireland Trust

St Christopher

Mark Bebbington
Event 9
Saturday October 16th, 12 noon 
Little Missenden Church

English piano music
Frank Bridge
John Ireland
Rhapsody (1907)
Richard Drakeford
A Handful of Pleasant Delights
Jeremy Dale Roberts
Oggetti - Omaggio a Morandi (extracts)

This is an archived event from the 2010 Programme.

Mark Bebbington piano

Bridge and Ireland are among the foremost English composers of piano music. Frank Bridge's towering 1925 piano sonata, a fine and luminous work, was an important turning-point in the composer's career, and certainly deserves to be heard more. Mark Bebbington's 2006 recording drew a 5-star review from BBC Music Magazine. John Ireland's passionate and impulsive Rhapsody sweeps the listener along.

Sadly Richard Drakeford died shortly after the 50th Festival last year. Richard was a founder-member of the Festival, a composer and music teacher, and a vital source of musical expertise. He made an immense contribution to the Festival's success over 50 years, until illness obliged him to stand down as artistic director. He was a tireless promoter of English composers like Ireland and Bridge, and an admirer of Mark Bebbington's playing. This concert is dedicated to Richard's memory, and Mark will play one of his piano pieces, A Handful of Pleasant Delights. A fuller tribute, with more of Richard's music, is planned for next year.

Mark will also play extracts from Oggetti - Omaggio a Morandi by Jeremy Dale Roberts - inspired by Giorgio Morandi's cool and contemplative still-life paintings. Susan Bickley sings one of Jeremy's songs in event 13.

Mark Bebbington is a great champion of English piano music, and his frequent visits to Little Missenden have been very well received. The Gramophone wrote of his "prodigious technique and musicianship".

"Bebbington has almost single-handedly demonstrated that 20th-century British piano scores have an exciting role to play in the concert hall and recording studio" (International Piano)

"Bebbington's playing is always sensitively nuanced, every phrase expressively shaped and pedalled, without losing sight of each piece's overall thrust and import" (BBC Music Magazine)"

For more details on Mark Bebbington, click here. For information about the John Ireland Trust, click here.

Concert devoted to the memory of Richard Drakeford

Supported by the John Ireland Trust