Ashley Fripp recitalSunday 08 October 2017 at 7.30pm
Venue: Hatchlands Park
Chopin, played on his own Pleyel at Hatchlands ParkChopin, who preferred Pleyel pianos above all others, chose this piano shortly after it had been completed in January 1848. It appears to be the piano depicted in a watercolour of his salon at the Square d’Orléans, Paris. Chopin almost certainly used it for his last concert in Paris in February 1848. He brought it with him to England in April and gave his first London concert on it. The Pleyel ledgers for No 13819 record that the composer was billed 2200 francs for it and in letters Chopin referred to it as 'my own' instrument. On leaving London he sold the piano to a Scottish friend, Margaret Trotter, and it remained with her Lindsay relatives until the late 1970s. The recital will be given by Ashley Fripp, who will play an all-Chopin programme as follows:
Ashley Fripp (piano)British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia. Recent highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie Cologne, Beaux Arts (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Cité de la musique (Paris), Hamamatsu City Concert Hall (Japan), the Megaron (Athens), Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Konserthus (Stockholm). "Ashley Fripp is a genuine virtuoso, an astoundingly brilliant and masterly pianist, and his total grasp of the music is a joy to hear" Thomas Adès, composer, pianist and conductor
The venueHatchlands Park (now National Trust) was built in the 1750s for Admiral Edward Boscawen, hero of the Battle of Louisburg and his wife Fanny, a prolific letter writer and early member of the Bluestocking Circle. The Boscawens gave the Scottish neo-classical architect Robert Adam one of his earliest commissions, and his work can be seen in interiors throughout the house. Today the mansion is a family home, and contains tenant Alec Cobbe’s superb collection of paintings and fine furniture. Six showrooms also display the Cobbe Collection, Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers, including J C Bach, Chopin and Elgar. At over 400 acres, Hatchlands is one of the largest country estates within the green belt surrounding Greater London. The mansion is set in informal grounds, partly landscaped by Humphrey Repton, with one small parterre garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Hatchlands Park is situated in East Clandon, Surrey GU4 7RT. It is best reached by car. More information can be found on the National Trust website. More details and photos of venue from our own website
ArrivalAudience members may arrive from 6.30pm to give them time to explore the house and grounds. This very special evening includes a welcome glass of champagne and nibbles, and – in the interval – a two-course buffet supper + cheeseboard, with wine, supplied by Party Ingredients, one of the finest caterers in London. Early arrivals will also have the opportunity of joining an escorted tour of the Cobbe Collection led by Alec Cobbe himself, who will demonstrate some of the pianos. Dress code: black tie (optional).
TransportHatchlands Park is deep in the country. We recommend you only book for this concert if you have your own transport, although we will also be offering a coach to take people down and back from outside our normal venue, Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue SW1P 1QW. The bus will be there from 4.15, and will leave promptly at 4.45 in order to arrive by 6.30 when Hatchlands opens. The return trip is scheduled for 10.30, ETA in London at around 11.30. Please contact the Chopin Society office on email@example.com to find out more information and register an interest in booking coach tickets. The cost will depend on how many people wish to avail themselves of this offer, but it should be around the £20 return mark.