Elégie – Rachmaninov: A Heart in Exile

  • 7pm
Lucy Parham and Simon Russell Beale


About this event:

Classical Music | Milton Court
Event type:
Booking required | In-person
£20 (£10 concessions) + booking fee
Milton Court Concert Hall

Event information

Elégie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninov. Though he became an exile in 1917, Russia remained deeply rooted in his soul. His cultural identity and his longing for his homeland imbue his music, not least the many much-loved works he wrote for his own instrument, the piano. The narrative, scripted from letters and diaries, follows Rachmaninov from his youth in Russia, through his subsequent self-imposed exile in 1917 and finally to California USA, where he died in 1943.

In this concert celebrated Guildhall alumni Lucy Parham and Sir Simon Russell Beale join forces to explore many of Rachmaninov’s best-loved works for solo piano, including a selection of Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux and Moments Musicaux, some of his own transcriptions and the haunting Elégie, as well as works by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.

Known internationally for her Composer Portraits in words and music, pianist Lucy Parham is presenting Elégie in 2023 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rachmaninov.

“Lucy Parham's trailblazing concerts have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.” – BBC Music Magazine

“This is the crowning glory of Parham’s Composer Portrait series” – Pianist Magazine (5 stars)


Venue information

Milton Court, based across the road from our Silk Street building, provides the School with world-class performance and training spaces, including a state of the art concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.

Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH