(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