Friday Lunchtime at the Cathedral: Simon Watterton (piano)

Wirral born pianist Simon Watterton has given recitals as soloist and chamber musician all across the world. In recent years he has performed in China, Canada, the USA, Sweden and Italy as well as extensively in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

He made his concerto debut at London’s Cadogan Hall and was featured as a Rising Star in International Piano Magazine at the time of a cycle he gave of all the Beethoven piano sonatas.

He has made two visits on a collaborative piano internship to the Banff Centre, Canada, and has worked with a number of artists including his wife, Irish violinist Anna Cashell, ‘cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the London International Players, with whom he appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ in 2013.

A specialist in the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann, Simon’s repertoire encompasses a broad range of styles and periods. He has also given lecture recitals ranging from Liszt’s Annes de Pelerinage to Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

He is currently a visiting teacher at Royal Holloway University and the University of Limerick.

As a writer on music he was recently asked to select the music and write a foreword for a new edition of Frank Bridge’s piano music. Published by Dover Publishing, it came out in October 2014.

Simon studied at the Purcell School of Music with Patsy Toh and the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon, where he won a range of prizes and awards, including the Hopkinson Silver Medal.

Recent concerts included an evening of chamber music at Cadogan Hall with the London International Players, and future projects include an eight recital traversal of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre from September 2020, in commemoration of 250 years since the composer’s birth.

He is represented by Gunnar Management.

Sandwiches (£2) and hot and cold drinks (£1) are available from 11.45am in the South Transept before each concert. The concerts start at 12.15pm and are approximately 45 minutes long.

Entry is free with a retiring collection, proceeds of which help to fund the Minster’s organ scholarship.

More information about the Friday Lunchtime at the Cathedral series and future concerts is available by contacting Erik Sharman on 01636 817280 or litmus@southwellminster.org.uk.


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