Simon Callaghan

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Simon Callaghan and London Phoenix Orchestra

Simon Callaghan and London Phoenix Orchestra

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff. A regular performer at St John’s Smith Square, Simon is really looking forward to performing Tchaikovsky’s colourful and explosive Piano Concerto No. 1 with the London Phoenix Orchestra.

Wed 1st March at 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, Tickets and more about the concert
Simon Callaghan joins Coull Quartet for ‘Grand Passions’ at Warwick

Simon Callaghan joins Coull Quartet for ‘Grand Passions’ at Warwick

This March Simon Callaghan joins old friends Roger Coull, Philip Gallaway (violins), Jonathan Barritt (viola) and Nicholas Roberts (cello) of the distinguished Coull Quartet in Brahms’ mighty Piano Quintet in F minor. The concert - on Thurs 2nd March at 7.15pm - is at the University of Warwick, where the ensemble is Quartet-in-Residence. Simon plays the Brahms Quintet three times this season: this collaboration with the Coull Quartet and in two performances with the Carducci Quartet.

Simon Callaghan joins BBC Scottish SO and Martyn Brabbins to make world premiere recording

Simon Callaghan joins BBC Scottish SO and Martyn Brabbins to make world premiere recording

Using the only remaining copies of the manuscripts - kindly lent by the Coke Estate - Simon Callaghan and Edward Taylor have made new performing editions of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Concerti and it is these freshly-edited scores that will be used in the recording to be released in November 2017 as part of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Series.
Ivor Gurney premiere as part of Ivor Gurney Society Annual Spring Weekend

Ivor Gurney premiere as part of Ivor Gurney Society Annual Spring Weekend

As part of a weekend of talks and recitals exploring Gurney’s verse and music, Simon Callaghan (piano) and Midori Komachi (violin) have been invited to give an afternoon recital which includes Delius’ Sonata no 3, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and works by Ivor Gurney, Holst and Ian Venables.
As part of their concert, Simon and Midori are excited to be giving the premiere performance of a single slow movement from a projected Sonata by Ivor Gurney that may now be lost or, perhaps, was never written. Gurney simply referred to it as ‘Slow Movement – Sonata in F for Violin’ – an Andante movement in the key of A minor, composed between (1919 – 21), beyond which nothing more is known. The composer wrote five Violin Sonatas in total; two in 1910 (before he attended the Royal College of Music) and three after the First World War.

Their complete programme will be:

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Recital for Rarities of Piano Music Festival, Germany

Recital for Rarities of Piano Music Festival, Germany

Following the success of Callaghan’s most recent CD ‘The Music of Roger Sacheverell Coke’, he has been invited to perform at the Rarities of Piano Music Festival 2016. This prestigious festival, which takes place in the north of Germany, near the Danish border in the North Frisian district capital of Husum, has been held every year since 1987.

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