Friends of Rhinegold LIVE

We would like to acknowledge the contribution of all of our friends and thank them for their support, without which Rhinegold LIVE simply would not be the same!

Our friends are the businesses and individuals who share our passion for presenting world class music without charge in a relaxed and intimate environment to the widest possible audience.

Our sincere thanks to you all.

Bösendorfer and Markson Pianos

Bösendorfer and Markson Pianos, our official 2016 piano partners, for the kind provision of a Bösendorfer 280 full-size concert grand, supplied from Markson Piano’s hire fleet and in association with Bösendorfer.

From their London showroom, Markson Pianos offer a comprehensive service including instrument hire, sales, tuning, moving, storage, teaching and recording

AKG Audio

AKG are the sole microphone providers for Rhinegold LIVE. All concerts are recorded using the AKG C414. In the world of pro audio, AKG microphones and headsets have been synonymous with excellence for several decades. Around the world recording studios, radio and TV stations, opera houses and famous stages count on AKG products. Internationally known musicians and show-stars have frequently been seen using their high-quality microphones and headphones for many decades.

LPA Legal

Founded in 1985, Bloomsbury based LPA Legal recruits partners, senior associates and barristers for UK 200 law firms, US law firms, international law firms and chambers. They listen carefully to candidates and clients and their advice is always tailored to their specific aspirations and strategic aims respectively. LPA Legal pride themselves on taking the time to understand the career objectives and other individual considerations of our candidates and to match them with the best opportunity in the market.

LPA Legal founder Stephen Turvey is also chairman of the Rhinegold Charity Fund and chairman of the Nicholas Danby Trust.

RAT Stands

RAT Stands are the official Rhinegold LIVE stage providers. The leading name in the design of music stands, lights and accessories, RAT Stands are the preferred choice of world-class venues; from Abbey Road Studios to the Metropolitan Opera House and Sydney Opera House.

Cigala Restaurant & Bar

Cigala Restaurant & Bar, sponsor and host of our pre- recital drinks reception. Authentic Spanish restaurant in Bloomsbury, a short four minute walk from the Conway Hall. 54 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LW

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John Paul Ekins, stand-in performer

John Paul Ekins graduated in 2009 from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours, studying under John Barstow. In the same year he was awarded the James Anthony Horne Scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with previous Rhinegold LIVE artist Charles Owen, graduating from there with Master’s of Performance (Distinction) in 2011.

Since then Ekins has performed worldwide at such prestigious venues as the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields, Brimingham’s Symphony Hall, Bucharest’s Athenaeum and Zürich’s Tonhalle. His concerto highlight thus far has been his 2013 debut at The Royal Albert Hall, where he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue alongside Southbank Sinfonia.

To find out more about becoming a Friend of Rhinegold LIVE, please download our information pack or call Louise Greener, Event Manager, on 020 7333 1733 or email her at