St Cuthbert’s showcases world-class pianists

Fancy enjoying some wonderful music performed by world-class musicians this summer – all within easy walking distance of West Hampstead?

The Fordwych Master Concerts series of performances, held at St Cuthbert’s Church, starts on June 13th with the outstandingly talented young Italian Scipione Sangiovanni, winner of second prize in the prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

Scipione photo

Following a marvellous inaugural concert in September involving both local and international musicians, the church has been host to musical fund-raising events for Save the Children and Camden Music Trust, and this summer the church launched its “Fordwych Master Series”.  Upcoming performers include pianists James Lisney and Piers Lane.

Good acoustics are not always achieved by church architects, but when Jeremy Allen re-designed St Cuthbert’s in the 1980s, he secured a hit: the “church in the bushes”, nestling in its pretty garden in Fordwych Road, turned out to be the perfect venue for small scale concerts.  Sadly it did not have a piano to match, but last year, after some fund-raising, investment by the church, and help from internationally renowned pianist Professor Frank Wibaud (a neighbour), the perfect piano for the church was at last in place.

St Cuthbert’s – and West Hampstead, can look forward to an exciting future, with more high quality professional performances, and opportunities for young musicians.  For more information visit the Fordwych Master Concerts website.

St Cuthberts Road   Church Piano