Julian Jacobson piano opens the first series of live events on the new stunning London Bridge station, in association with Yamaha Music London and Beyond Platform 7
Hashtag: #lblivestation
Lower concourse | Bottom of escalators, platform 6 and 7

Up to 100,000 commuters will be hearing one of Britain’s most creative and distinctive classical pianists, Julian Jacobson, as they pass through the stunning London Bridge train station on Thursday 14 September. The concert kicks off a season of events that include George Orwell readings, exhibitions, poetry, photography workshops, architecture talks, and other live performances throughout the autumn.

Performing without amplification, Julian will take advantage of the superb acoustics, playing a Yamaha Grand (C5X) piano supplied by Yamaha Music London: “ In between the sets anyone who feels they have a bit of talent to display will be able to take a turn on the piano – a great opportunity to play on one of our finest instruments.”

This event is a prelude to Julian’s major concert series (details below) – Masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev and Gershwin – at St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, to mark his 70th Birthday, beginning on Sunday 22nd October at 3.00pm. The series features Prokofiev’s mighty War Trilogy – widely regarded as the crowning glory of his output of piano music – in a rare opportunity to hear 6th, 7th and 8th sonatas performed in sequence in the first three concerts. In the final concert Julian plays four
pieces from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” and is joined by his regular duo partner, the Anglo-Japanese pianist Mariko Brown, in Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”, in Julian’s own virtuoso transcription for piano four hands.
*Julian Jacobson, Thu 5th October #lblivestation performances, 7.30am and 5.00pm – performance times approximate.

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July 15-23
Cadenza Course, Purcell School

August 1 and August 4
Beethoven – Complete works for cello and piano – with Adrian Brendel (cello).

Programme 1 (August 1)
Variations in G “See the conqu’ring hero comes” from Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabaeus’, WoO 45

Sonata no.1 in F, op 5 no.1
Variations in E flat on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, WoO 46
Sonata no.3 in A, op 69
Programme 2 (August 4)
Sonata no.4 in C, op 102 no.1
Sonata no.2 in G minor, op 5 no.2
Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, op 66

Sonata no.5 in D, op 102 no.2

August 16th
7:30pm St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford

Viva Viola: Brahms and The British Miniature

August 22nd
Fish and Chips Concert Series 6.30pm
Guesten Hall, Leiston Abbey
Julian Jacobson performing:
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata (op 27 no 2)
Schubert Four Impromptus D899
Prokofiev Sonata no 6 in A, op 82

Tickets are £7.50 – booking below

17 – 29th September
P & O Ventura Cruise

Julian Jacobsonʼs 70th birthday concert series 2017/18

Four Sundays at St Johnʼs Smith Square, London, 3 pm

Masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev (the three ʻWar Trilogyʼ sonatas and Romeo and Juliet)
Dates and programmes:

1) October 22 2017
One of the great affirmations in musical history, Beethoven’s magnificent set of variations on the same theme as the finale of the later ‘Eroica’ Symphony was written within a few months of the composer’s despairing ‘Heiligenstadt’ Testament.
Proceeding via Schubert’s much more spontaneous and lyrical Impromptus, the programme culminates in Prokofiev’s savage, sardonic wartime Sonata No. 6 which, nonetheless, contains moments of repose, nostalgia and wit.

Beethoven “Eroica” Variations op 35
Schubert Four Impromptus D899
Prokofiev Sonata no. 6 in A op 82

2) November 26 2017
As one of Schubert’s most expansive and lyrical sonatas, and a work of unbounded joy, the Sonata in D surely deserves to be as well-known as the famous ‘Moonlight’ Sonata.
In later years Beethoven affected to dislike his sonata, yet he must have realised that its opening movement had touched new ground in musical expression. The second of Prokofiev’s ‘War’ Sonatas is the most celebrated and concise, ending with a 7/8 perpetual motion movement that sweeps all before it.

Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in D D850
Prokofiev Sonata no. 7 in B flat op 83

3) February 11 2018
Written on the cusp of the 19th century, Beethoven’s “Pathétique” proves him to be the man for the new age, with its urgently dramatic opening and glorious, already “Romantic” slow movement.
Schubert’s great A major Sonata, “heavenly long” (Schumann), is perhaps his most accomplished. Prokofiev’s 8th Sonata counters the violence of the 6th and 7th with something much more Olympian, almost Shakespearian in its depth and humanity.

Beethoven “Pathétique” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in A D959
Prokofiev Sonata no. 8 in B flat op 84

4) March 11 2018
Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, based on a song of that name, is an uncharacteristically virtuoso work and also, in its combining of four movements into a single span of music, an extremely influential one. The torrential passions of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” have hardly been superseded to this day. And to finish in a lighter vein, four numbers from Prokofiev’s ever-popular “Romeo and Juliet” and my own transcription of Gershwin’s colourful “An American in Paris”.

Schubert “Wanderer”-Fantasy
Beethoven “Appassionata” Sonata
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces op 75
Gershwin “An American in Paris”
transcribed for piano with four hands by Julian Jacobson.
Performed by Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown. More information on this piano duo here: www.marikojulianpianoduo.com

November 8th
The Chapel of the Ascension
Bishop Otter Campus
University of Chichester
Sponsered by the Funtingdon Music Group

By popular demand this concert is a return visit by virtuoso Romanian violinist Bogdan Vacaresu.
Works by:
Paul Ratz, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Schubert, Godowsky and Kreisler
Julian Jacobson will also play a Beethoven Sonata
Tickets £15 at the door, or pre-book on 01243 378900
No charge for University of Chichester music students or staff.

Sat November 11th
Langenfeld Germany, 7.30 pm
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in D D850
Prokofiev Sonata no. 7 in B flat op 83

Saturday November 18th 7.30 pm
70th birthday concert, Paris, Sots Kirk, Rue Bayard, Paris 75008.
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in D D850
Prokofiev Sonata no. 7 in B flat op 83

March 25th 2018
Cambridge (Trinity College Chapel) with Bogdan Vacaresu

April 28th 2018
Beethoven Emperor Concerto
St James Piccadilly

Sat May 26th 2018
Brahms 2nd Concerto, Brandenburg Sinfonia, conductor Peter Robinson
St James Sussex Gardens
London W2 3UD

August 3rd and 5th 2018
Altaussee Chamber Music Festival
with Priya Mitchell (violin)

3rd August 2018
Bach French Suite no.5 in G, BWV 816 (solo piano)
Brahms Sonata no 1 in G for Violin and Piano, op 78
Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata

5th August 2018
Brahms Violin Sonata no. 2 in A op 100
Beethoven Sonata no 10 in G for Violin and Piano, op 96
Brahms Sonata no 3 for Violin and Piano in D minor, op 108