Piano recital to excite the world

Christopher Ellis, principal accompanist with Tideswell Male Voice Choir. Photo contributed.
Christopher Ellis, principal accompanist with Tideswell Male Voice Choir. Photo contributed.

A PRINCIPAL accompanist for Tideswell Male Voice Choir was given the honour of performing a recital of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata and Kapustin’s Concert-Etude No.1 at The World Piano Conference in the city of Novi Sad in Serbia.

Held in late June, the conference was organised by the World Piano Teachers Association and attended by 100 performers and teachers from 19 countries.

Christopher Ellis said of the occasion: “It was a wonderful experience on so many levels. The people of Novi Sad were very welcoming and it was a delight to share the stage with so many distinguished artists.”

He began playing the piano at the age of five. A student at Chetham’s School of Music, he left with the keyboard prize and accepted a major scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music.

While in London he pursued a diverse range of musical activities as both soloist and chamber musician before graduating with honours in piano and choral accompaniment.

Christopher’s past performances include Rhapsody in Blue with the Ernest Reid Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and he now maintains a busy schedule as both an accompanist and concert soloist throughout the country.

He also works closely with vocal baritone soloist Nicholas Bennett and with other choirs while continuing to study under the renowned teacher Simon Bottomley.

You can see this brilliant concert pianist at the Buxton Fringe Festival. He will be performing at St John’s Church, Buxton, on Sunday July 24, commencing at 7.30pm. The concert will also feature the wonderful voice of Nicholas Bennett.

Tickets, priced £12.50 (£10 concessions and students), are available on 0845 127 2190 or from Celia Cooper on 0161 456 9118.