Mar 26

Christopher Langdown

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society

11th January 2010 Christopher Langdown is bring us an evening of piano classics with ‘Beethoven and Beyond’.  Christopher has been widely acclaimed as both a soloist and chamber musician.  He graduated with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London after completing six years of study.  Christopher was nominated at the RCM to perform the music of Shostakovich and was further distinguished in being twice selected by The Wall Trust as a piano scholar of “outstanding talent”.

Profile Christopher Langdown

Christopher LangdownChristopher Langdown has been widely acclaimed as both a soloist and chamber musician. Born in Sutton Coldfield, he had initial lessons with Fay Madeley and Professor Malcolm Wilson before graduating with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London after completing six years of study with Professor John Barstow. In recognition of his musicianship, Christopher was nominated at the RCM to perform the music of Shostakovich to the legendary exponent Tatiana Nikolaeva and was further distinguished in being twice selected by The Wall Trust as a piano scholar of “outstanding talent”.

Christopher has acquired numerous awards and was finalist and prize-winner in the 1997 Brant UK Pianoforte Competition which attracted artists from around the world. He has since given recitals at the major London concert halls, including Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, LSO St Luke’s and St John’s Smith Square and appeared at music festivals throughout the UK and Europe. As a concerto soloist he has performed popular concertos such as the Rachmaninov No.2, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto as well as more unusual works such as J.S Bach’s Concerto for 4 Keyboards BWV 1065.

Following his debut recital at Wigmore Hall in 2009, London critics described Christopher’s performance as “an adventurous programme by a gifted artist … some of the finest Beethoven playing I have heard in years” whilst commending his “undoubted musicality and total pianistic technique”. He has also enjoyed acclaim for his collaborations with other renowned artists, including the tenor James Gilchrist and the Fitzwilliam, Martinu and Sorrel / Maggini Quartets. National radio and TV appearances have included live concert broadcasts (solo and chamber), interviews for arts programmes and two radio performances of Christopher’s own solo piano compositions.

Alongside his concert career, Christopher is Head of Piano at The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa. He has previously been a visiting teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and Royal Academy of Music in London and been appointed to teach the family members of a number of stars including Pete Townshend, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Sir Laurence Olivier. In addition to giving masterclasses at home and abroad under the auspices of The British Council, he has had invitations to adjudicate at Music Festivals in Birmingham and Hong Kong.

2 comments

  1. Beethoven and Beyond – By Audrey Owens 12th January 2010 – 7:28am
    The first presentation of the second half season at the Arts and Literary Society was attended by 200 hardy souls who braved the ice and snow and were rewarded with a truly magnificent evening. The brilliant pianist, Christopher Langdown presented his programme ‘Beethoven and Beyond’. This consisted of music by Debussy, Beethoven, Grieg, together with such modern composers as Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Stephen Sondheim and Gershwin. Perhaps the highlight was a composition by Christopher himself called Deo Omnis Gloria. The audience were thoroughly enthralled by the music and quite managed to forget the dreadful weather awaiting them when they left.

    The evening was sponsored by Mrs Mary Canham in memory of Supt Ronald Canham.
    Audrey Owens
    Press Officer

  2. Christopher Langdown – By Douglas Carpenter 12th January 2010 – 5:17am
    Christopher Langdown an evening of piano classics with ‘Beethoven and Beyond’. Was attend by around 200 brave soles (because of the snow) who enjoyed a grand (excuse the pun) evening of Piano music. This included one of his own composition Deo Omnis Gloria – lovely flowing music
    Christopher to his credit managed to get here from way beyond, hope he got back OK!

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