SchubertThe enjoyably varied ‘Petits Concerts…’ series at the 1901 Arts Club, created by pianist James Lisney, nears its conclusion on Monday 11th March with the penultimate concert featuring Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata, No. 20 in A, D 959.

Much has been written about this sonata, along with its companions, the D 958 and D 960, with many pianists, musicologists, critics and audiences trying to second-guess what was in Schubert’s mind when he wrote his final piano sonatas, in particular the meaning and intent of the extraordinary second movement of the D 959 – music of dramatic and at times savage contrasts, bookended by a simple lyrical melody of great poignancy. The rest of the sonata is warm, nostalgic and good-natured, and like its companions, it takes pianist and listener on an incredible cyclic journey, revealing Schubert’s astonishing creativity in a free-ranging flow of ideas and inventiveness.

In this concert, James Lisney pairs Schubert with Chopin, another composer of great creativity and invention, with the first half of the concert featuring shorter piano pieces entirely appropriate for the salon-style setting and intimate ambiance of the 1901 Arts Club.

Petits Concerts V – Monday 11 March, 7.30pm

1901 Arts Club, 7 Exton Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8UE. Further information & booking

3415cr-lisneycmaeder-web_origIn addition, James Lisney will be giving piano lessons at the 1901 Arts Club from 2pm on the afternoon of each concert. Lessons cost £100 for 90 mins with proceeds going to charity. For further information or to book a lesson contact James Lisney

Read more about Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata here

Meet the Artist interview with James Lisney

“On 3rd March 2019 I will be conducting the best student players from Cambridge University in a performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony at West Road Concert Hall. They will be joined by select graduate students from London Conservatoires, exceptionally talented young musicians from the Cambridge area (NYO principals and BBC Young Musician finalists) and guest players from professional orchestras. The concert will raise money for the Voices Foundation.
As well as culminating in a very special performance, this project will be a unique opportunity for aspiring young musicians to learn from and perform alongside top professional players. From my own experience, working with experienced players can be incredibly valuable in a young musician’s development and by drawing upon leading players from Europe’s foremost orchestras (the Royal Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic amongst others), this performance of Mahler’s music can act as a symbol of cooperation and future investment.”

Joy Lisney – conductor, composer, cellist

The third Petits Concerts recital at the 1901 Arts Club on 21 January 2019 is in support of the SCO Mahler Education Project and features performances by Joy Lisney (cello), Emma Lisney (violin) and James Lisney (piano) in music by Bach, Ravel and Smetana, and the world premiere of Winter Vignettes by Alex Stobbs, performed by Joy Lisney and the composer.

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cropped-sco-logo-squareJoy Lisney is founder/conductor of the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra. Comprising talented young musicians studying in Cambridge and guest soloists, the orchestra performs music from the rich repertoire for strings including lesser-known and rarely-performed works as well as encouraging living composers to write for the ensemble. SCO’s next concert is on 3 March 2019 at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Seraphin Chamber Orchestra

‘Petits Concerts’ is a series of recitals at the 1901 Arts Club, a salon style venue just a stone’s throw from Waterloo Station. Inspired by concerts given by Charles-Valentin Alkan at the Erard showroom in Paris in the 1870s, and hosted by concert pianist James Lisney, Petits Concerts brings musicians together in the spirit of “music with friends and amongst friends” in an intimate setting which harks back to the 19th-century European cultural salon. Proceeds from each concert will be donated to musical/education charities.

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Petits Concerts III – Joy, Emma & James Lisney


In addition, James Lisney will be giving piano lessons at the 1901 Arts Club from 2pm on the afternoon of each concert. Lessons cost £100 for 90 mins with proceeds going to charity. For further information or to book a lesson, contact James Lisney