Clare Hammond piano

April 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
St Edmunds Hall, Malvern College
2 College Rd
Malvern WR14

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Suite No.6 in G
Beethoven Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7
Scriabin Sonata No.5, Op.53
Debussy L’isle joyeuse
Dutilleux Au gré des ondes
Fauré  2 Nocturnes: No. 8 in D flat, Op.84, No.8; No.12 in E minor, Op.107
Stravinsky Petroushka Suite

Clare Hammond

Acclaimed as a pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’ (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2016 she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’, in recognition of outstanding achievements in 2015. Over the past year Clare has performed at the Barbican Hall, where The Guardian described her as a “dazzling athlete”, gave 5 broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and has recorded discs for Sony, BIS and Signum. In 2014, she gave debut performances at 7 festivals across Europe, including the ‘Chopin and his Europe Festival’ in Warsaw.

Clare plays the younger version of Dame Maggie Smith’s character, Miss Shepherd, in the feature film, The Lady in the Van. (A non-speaking, piano-playing role!) Released in cinemas in the UK in November 2015, the film is based on Alan Bennett’s play of the same name and is directed by Nick Hytner. Clare’s recording of excerpts from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, is featured throughout the film. The slow movement of Chopin’s concerto and Clare’s performance of Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat major, are included on the soundtrack alongside music specially composed for the film by George Fenton.