Chopin Society 50th Anniversary Gala

Sunday 17 October 2021 at 6.00pm
Chopin Society 50th Anniversary Gala Venue: The Wigmore Hall

Founded 50 years ago to celebrate the genius of Fryderyk Chopin, the Society maintains a regular programme of concerts, talks and lecture-recitals with the art and life of the great Polish pianist-composer as the central focus. For this anniversary year a programme has been devised bringing together a group of leading musicians – four pianists and a cellist – and featuring many of Chopin’s favourite works, including the large-scale sonata for cello and piano he wrote in 1846.


The following will be played:

  • Chopin - Cello Sonata in G minor Op 65 (performed by Gemma Rosefield & Nicola Eimer)
  • Chopin - Mazurkas Op 30; Mazurkas Op 59 (performed by Joanna MacGregor)
  • Chopin - Ballade in G minor Op 2 (performed by Martin James Bartlett)
  • Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie in Ab Op 61 (performed by Lucas Krupinski)
  • Chopin - Nocturne in E Op 62; 2 Nocturnes Op 27 (performed by Piers Lane)
  • Chopin - Waltz in C# minor Op 64/2; Grand Valse Brillante in Eb Op 18 (performed by Piers Lane)


Gemma Rosefield

Gemma Rosefield (cello)

Gemma studied for a Masters Degree with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She has previously graduated with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music. Major competition successes include First Prize in the European Music for Youth Competition in Oslo, the Royal Overseas League String Competition, the Making Music Young Concert Artists Award, the Kirckman Award, and the Prix Academie Maurice Ravel. She has taken part in masterclasses with such musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Johannes Goritzki, Frans Helmerson, Zara Nelsova and Bernard Greenhouse.

Nicola Eimer

Nicola Eimer (piano)

Nicola Eimer won the 2005 Royal Over-Seas League Piano Competition and has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe and America. She also won the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform Award, as well as prizes in both the John Lill and Dudley International Piano Competitions. Nicola was nominated to become an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she now teaches piano and chamber music.

Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor (piano)

Professor of the University of London, and since 2011 Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, Joanna is also known as an artistic director and curator at the Bath International Music Festival, Dartington Summer School & Festival and Deloitte Ignite festival at the Royal Opera House. She regularly sits as a jury member of international competitions and actively promotes the careers of young artists. As a solo pianist, Joanna has performed in more than 80 countries with many eminent conductors, and has made more than 40 solo recordings. Joanna was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019.

Martin James Bartlett

Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Martin James Bartlett won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The following year, he performed at HM The Queen's 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, broadcast live from St Paul's Cathedral. In 2017, whilst still an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Vanessa Latarche, Bartlett was a quarter-finalist in The Van Cliburn Competition, held in Fort Worth, Texas. In the following years Martin Bartlett would go on to boast numerous accolades including being a nominee of the Evening Standard’s 'London’s most influential musician award', and win second prize and the audience prize of the piano competition Kissinger Klavierolymp in Germany. Signing with Warner Classic in 2019, he released his debut album 'Love and Death' and was then awarded the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rosebowl by Prince Charles that same year.

Lucas  Krupinski

Lucas Krupinski (piano)

London-based Polish pianist Lucas Krupinski is the winner of the 7th San Marino International Piano Competition and all of its contest prizes - the Audience Award, the Music Critics’ Award and the Orchestra Award. Lucas was a finalist at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano in 2017, and has won international piano competitions in Hannover (2015), Aachen (2016) and Goerlitz (2020). As a semi-finalist, he ranked among the best twenty pianists at the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (2015).

Piers Lane

Piers Lane (piano)

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.

No praise can be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity and scintillating brilliance Bryce Morrison


TICKETS are available at £50, £40, £30, £25 & £16. The evening will begin at 6.00pm and a free glass of champagne will be offered to every member of the audience in the interval.

Bookings for standard tickets for the Gala must be made through The Wigmore Hall.
Address: 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP.
Nearest tube: Bond Street or Oxford Circus.

Box Office hours are: Monday-Saturday 10.00am-7.00pm. Sunday (with evening performance) 10.00am-7.00pm. Sunday (without evening performance) 10.00am-2.00pm. Phone 020 4566 9526.

Online bookings:

A £4 booking fee will be added to your order.

In addition to the above tickets, the Chopin Society has a limited number of tickets at £100, for the best seats in the house, a free glass of champagne and entry to a post-concert VIP Reception. To apply for these please contact the Society on These special tickets are not available from the Wigmore Hall.

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