Martin Roscoe to perform the Beethoven piano concertos in one night for charity fundraiser
22 August 2013
Intrepid soloist Martin Roscoe© Eric Richmond
This October sees Martin Roscoe perform all five Beethoven Piano Concertos in a single evening, in aid of the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Conductor and organiser Daniel Parkinson explains why
About 18 months ago I came up with a idea for a charity fundraiser – to perform all five Beethoven Piano Concertos over two nights with five different pianists. I approached a couple of pianists with my idea. At this stage it was really only a concept and I wanted to do some research to see whether anyone would be interested in partaking in such an event. One of the pianists came back and suggested an alternative to the original idea: had I thought about doing all five concertos in one night, with one pianist? This person was none other than international concert pianist, Martin Roscoe. Sure, I thought it was a bit crackers – but – that’s me all over, and I pretty much said yes straight away.
Ever since then this event has been in the planning. I decided that the Musicians Benevolent Fund would be the recipient of the money we raised. The Musicians Benevolent Fund provide the highest quality help for musicians whenever they need it, with specialist programmes dedicated to supporting artists hit by crisis, life-changing circumstances or terminal illness, as well as those facing the challenges of growing old and emerging musicians entering the profession. The next thing was to create a brand. In some ways, putting on something like this is just the same as starting a company. I knew that the brand was going to be very important – you have to catch people’s attention. The Beethoven Piano Concerto Project was what I came up with. As some paint brand or other regularly states: it does what it says on the tin!
With the organisation well under way and a fantastic venue in the shape of the RNCM Concert Hall booked, it became apparent that with the scale of the event, we needed someone to host the evening and to act as a thread across all three parts. John Suchet immediately sprung to mind. Not only is John a high profile presenter for Classic FM, but he is also a Beethoven expert, having written several books on the composer and I was absolutely delighted when John agreed to be part of the project. The orchestra will be made up of past and present students of the RNCM – many have been helped by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and are doing their bit to give something back. We will be starting the first of three parts at 5pm, with the event finishing about 10pm! It is quite a marathon for all involved – but we are all there for one single reason – to raise money for a fantastic charity. It certainly promises to be an unforgettable evening of great music and we hope to see as many people there as possible!
The Beethoven Piano Concerto Project
RNCM Concerto Hall, 5 October
Part One: 5pm
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2
Part Two: 7pm
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4
Part Three: 9pm
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5
Martin Roscoe, Piano
Daniel Parkinson, Conductor
John Suchet, Presenter
Tickets from £12