Music & Arts | Posted 20.04.2016

A level and IB music students from Stonyhurst College attended a recital given by concert pianist Jonathan Plowright on November 4th. Jonathan was educated at Stonyhurst, has a global reputation as an exceptional pianist, and has made many highly acclaimed recordings. At the interval, Stonyhurst students took him by surprise, by presenting him with his Grade 8 Piano certificate! He had left it behind at the College in 1978, before attending the Royal Academy of Music.

During the past decade Jonathan has become well known as an advocate of the neglected Polish Romantic repertoire, including Paderewski. He is currently recording the complete Brahms solo piano works, the first and second volumes of which were released to tremendous critical acclaim. In his recital, Jonathan  talked about the stylistic differences between Brahms’ early Rhapsodies, Op 79, and the Four Pieces, Op. 57.

The programme for the recital, which was part of the Clitheroe Concerts Society, is going to be performed in Warsaw, and the audience felt privileged to hear it in Clitheroe first.