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BOV Development Appeal - Fundraising Event

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club announce fund-raising event for Bristol Old Vic’s Development Appeal

from Bristol Old Vic.

Another major fund-raising event is being promoted by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club, in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, to raise monies for Bristol Old Vic’s on-going redevelopment appeal.

The renowned pianist Allan Schiller has generously offered to perform a gala concert and has put together a programme which includes two of the finest classical sonatas in the keyboard repertoire by Mozart and Beethoven. There are also pieces by Haydn, Chopin and Greig. Debussy’s work is represented too, including his famous Claire de Lune.
Allan Schiller is widely regarded as one of the finest pianists of his generation. His performing career began at the age of nine when he played a Haydn concerto with the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra at a series of concerts for schoolchildren. Only six months later he was soloist in a Mozart concerto with the Halle Orchestra under the great Sir John Barbirolli. Whilst still a teenager he appeared at both the Edinburgh Festival and the Promenade Concerts with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
His early studies were undertaken in his native Leeds when his virtuosity was readily acknowledged. Following intensive training, he became the first British pianist to be awarded a scholarship at the Moscow Conservatoire, where he was tutored by Professor Victor Merzhanov.
Allan has developed a career that has seen him performing with all the major British orchestras under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, George Solti and Sir Charles Mackerras. He has been a regular BBC artist and his commercial recordings span a period of fifty years. Critics speak of his innate musicality and praise the clarity of his playing and ability to make the piano Allan moved to Bristol over 30 years ago and was one of the first musicians to play at the newly refurbished St George’s, Bristol. He is one of the region’s most popular and highly regarded musicians.
An Evening With Allan Schiller is a carefully balanced programme that will have a wide appeal but which will also provide his audience with something to think about. The first half, with its Mozart and Beethoven, is the more demanding both for performer and listener. After the interval comes an assortment of miniatures guaranteed to charm the senses. Overall this gala concert will bring delight and enrichment.
Allan is thrilled to be playing at Bristol Old Vic:

“I am so in awe of actors that it promises to be a high point in my life appearing on the stage at the Theatre Royal. I am very happy to support this important appeal.”
This is the second in a series of major fund-raisers for Bristol Old Vic’s Appeal presented by the Theatre Club, the first having been Shakespeare and Stratford in June last year which starred Dame Judi Dench, Jane Lapotaire, Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Richard Passco, an event that raised £28,000.
Theatre Club Chairman Ray Price commented:

“There is an unbelievable amount of good will shown towards Bristol Old Vic by practitioners of national and international status. It is not so much ‘will they come to Bristol?’ as ‘when will they come to Bristol?’ Allan’s generosity in performing this Sunday evening concert is a case in point. A musical entertainment is a departure for us, but it promises to be a wonderful treat. It is richly rewarding to be working with this celebrated pianist in a space recently described by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain as ‘a brilliant venue for concerts.’
This unique occasion will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior MBE JP and her husband Mr John Prior, and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bristol Cllr Christopher Davies and Mrs Susan Davies. Sponsorship of the concert by Mickleburgh’s Pianos is gratefully acknowledged.
For further information contact: Patti Ballinger Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club,  email
An Evening With Allan Schiller
Sunday 15th March at 7.30 p.m.
Theatre Royal , Bristol.
Ticket prices: £10, £20 and £25
Meet Allan Schiller after the performance when the pianist hosts a champagne reception: Tickets £10

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