Pianist Alex Wilson is playing traditional music from around the world in two candlelit concerts on Saturday 10 December at St Disen’s church in Bradninch and Friday 6 January, Twelfth Night, at St Nicholas Priory in Exeter.
The festive programme is a musical tour through the songs and folk traditions of Europe at Christmastime. It is inspired by seasonal traditions from France, Italy, Romania, Denmark, Austria, Russia and the UK.
Highlights include Scarlatti’s Sonata in C Major K513 “Pastorale”, Béla Bartók’s Romanian Christmas Carols and O Dame, Get Up And Bake Your Pies by Arnold Bax.
Spanning three hundred years of musical storytelling, the programme also includes a specially-written new piece by composer Sadie Harrison based on melodies from a traditional Ukrainian New Year’s song.
Alex Wilson is a pianist who performs as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. A former British Contemporary Piano Competition finalist, he studied music at the University of York before graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2011.
He has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music and regularly plays with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, UPROAR Wales new music ensemble and London Sinfonietta.
Tickets for the St Disen’s church concert are priced on a “pay what you feel” basis at a suggested £8 with a minimum of £5.
Tickets for the St Nicholas Priory concert cost £15 including a hot drink, with concessions available for children.