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Dear team,

Celebrating Grainger: Kings Place and the British Library, London 17th – 20th February

I’m delighted to send you details of this exciting live music event (attached), probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Artists and performers taking part include: Keith Michell, Yvonne Kenny, Stephen Varcoe, Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Brass and Wind Bands including The Royal Artillery Band, and choirs. Michael Broadway will feature in a pianola programme on Friday 18th. We hope that you will want to publicise this to the Player Piano Group:

Percy Grainger and The Pianola

Date: Friday 18 February
Time: 18:00
Venue: St Pancras Room, Kings Place
Price: £9.50 online http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/music/weekly-themes/percy-grainger-and-the-pianola

Here is a chance to hear the man himself playing the music of Grieg, Cyril Scott, Gershwin, Josef Holbrooke and Roger Quilter and, of course, his own composition. Not all virtuosi of Grainger's day were so involved in the mechanics of the piano roll, but many of them - fortunately for us - are preserved in performances in this way. Michael Broadway will conjure up a whole world of playing that is as inspirational as it is different from our own day.

50 years after his death, the virtuoso pianist and composer Percy Grainger (1882-1961) is emerging as one of the most revolutionary cultural figures of the 20th century. This three-day event at Kings Place, London will showcase some of Grainger’s most vivid repertoire; wind and brass ensembles, a choral workshop for audience and choirs, exotic world music percussion, theremin and pianola settings, and multi-pianos will feature in this unique extravaganza. Come and discover the joy of his extraordinary music and some of its background in more than 120 works – a spectacular three days you will not forget!

A Seminar at the British Library on Sunday 20th February will mark the exact 50th anniversary of Grainger’s death, when leading scholars will explore some of the unknown aspects of his adventurous life and work. Complements the publication of Boydell & Brewer’s The New Percy Grainger Companion, edited by Penelope Thwaites.

How to book:

Kings Place Concert Halls, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG www.kingsplace.co.uk

Box Office tel: 020 7520 1490 email: [email protected]

Seminar: British Library Conference Centre Box Office tel: 01937 546 546

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

With best regards,


Karen Fletcher

Publicity Officer: RVW Society www.rvwsociety.com

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