Blind pianist to perfrom in Axminster

18:30 29 October 2012

Bernard d'Ascoli.

Bernard d'Ascoli.

Archant

Blind pianist Bernard d’Ascoli will be giving the last of this year’s concerts for the Joanna Leach Memorial Recitals series, which concludes in Axminster.

Blind since the age of four, Bernard d’Ascoli won first prize in the Barcelona International Piano Competition at the age of 19.

His success in the Leeds Piano Competition, in 1981, has led to Bernard being in great demand, playing in many prestigious world-wide venues.

His particular affinity with the music of Chopin, shared with Joanna Leach, led to their collaboration in recording the complete Scherzi and Impromptus and a double album of all the Nocturnes, produced and edited by Joanna for her Athene-Minerva label. The CDs were enthusiastically received by many critics.

Denby Richards, of Musical Opinion said: “Soak in Bernard d’Ascoli’s delight in flinging his deft fingers into dramatic bouts of virtuosity, yet never losing the overall shape and purpose of the musical architecture.”

Yaltah Menuhin said: “Bernard’s playing awakened us to all the infinite potential of the piano, beyond human limitations. The instrument lived under his hands as he invited us into his magic world.”

Bernard will be giving the final recital this year in the Joanna Leach Memorial Recitals series in The Minster, Axminster on Saturday, November 3, at 7:30pm, in support of Hospiscare.

Tickets are now on sale (£10) at the Archway Bookshop and Honiton TIC.

0 comments

Other Entertainment Stories

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An appeal has been issued for memorabilia to be put on display for the Shute Local History Weekend.

Read more
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Bowie Experience will be bringing a ‘spectacular concert’ to Exmouth Pavilion on Friday, October 14, from 8pm.

Read more
Monday, September 19, 2016

Flower arrangers will be going to Exeter Racecourse to compete in the Devon and Cornwall area of National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) show.

Read more
Thursday, September 15, 2016

With just over four weeks to go to Exmouth Carnival Fun Day and Illuminated Procession on Saturday, October 8, organisers say the event is ‘shaping up nicely’.

Read more
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gittisham village fete is set to take place on Saturday, September 17, starting at 2pm.

Read more
Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Beehive will be hosting the return visit of The Birthday Girls after their outrageously funny show last year.

Read more
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Spirit of the Exe and the Exmouth Mussel Festival is coming up on Saturday, September 24, at the Exmouth Beach and Gardens, from noon-7pm.

Read more
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

After a two-month summer break, the Tuckers Jazz Club will start again on Saturday, September 17, at 8pm.

Read more
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

River Cottage is holding its first-ever family-friendly music festival, on the farm at River Cottage HQ near Axminster, on Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Entertainment

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications