Centenary Celebrations
Lunchtime Concerts

Pianist: Steven Norris

1st September 2010

Photograph kindly provided by Lawrence Wood


Photograph kindly provided by Peter Jessop

Stephen Norris (piano) gave the fifth of a series of lunchtime recitals as part of the Centenary celebrations at St Wilfrid’s Church. He is a member of the Bognor Regis Music Club and organist at Christ Church in Chichester.

The largest audience of the recital series sat spellbound by Stephen’s playing. The pieces of music gave an overview of piano composing from the 18th to the 19th century. Stephen began with the French Suite No6 in E major by JS Bach; continued with three pieces by Brahms and two by Gabriel Faurer. The selection chosen showed off the strength, the power as well as the gentle beauty of the piano. Stephen stressed the power and ruggedness in the Prelude Op. 1 No 2 and Etude Op. 4 No 3 by Karol Szymanowski. This young Polish composer was only 17 and 19 when he wrote the first and second piece. The recital ended with two waltzes by Frederic Chopin. The last was the Minute Waltz well known as the signature tune of the radio programme ‘Just a Minute’. Stephen stressed that he would not attempt to play it in a minute!

The audiences have increased in size during the recital programme this summer. Once again the performer was most warmly received. The recitals are proving a great success. Stephen Norris has played a significant part by appearing in two recitals. He is to be thanked sincerely for the time and trouble he has taken in preparing and performing so wonderfully for the pleasure of his audiences.

The next lunchtime concert will be on Wednesday 6th October at 1.00pm when Rebecca Grove (Soprano), Stephanie Pentecost (Mezzo Soprano) and Rex latter (Piano) will perform. LW

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