Penelope Roskell – Piano Recital

Our next concert will take place on Saturday 11th September 2021, at the usual time of 7pm.

Following a number of successful chamber concerts, culminating in our recent evening with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, we shall next be hosting an exceptional programme of music for Solo Piano.

Penelope Roskell is known to us mainly through memorable performances by her Roskell Piano Trio, but I am now delighted to invite you to her next concert, which is a solo piano recital. Penelope is a renowned international concert performer, a Professor of Piano and an inspirational teacher. Her recent book “The Complete Pianist” is a must for keyboard aficionados, both amateur and professional!

The programme she has selected for this occasion is, as you might expect, nonpareil. Here it is in full:

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, Book 1
Mozart: Fantasie in D minor
Chopin: Nocturne in Bb minor
Chopin: Ballade No 3
–– Interval –– 
Schubert: Sonata in Bb D960 [Molto moderato; Andante sostenuto; Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza – Trio; Allegro ma non troppo – Presto] 

To elaborate just a little: After the elemental tranquility of  Bach’s opening Prelude & Fugue we shall hear Mozart’s D Minor “Fantaisie”, a work that almost anticipates the atonal writing of 100 years later! This will be followed by Chopin’s sublime Bb minor Nocturne, and finally his monumental 3rd Ballade. And that’s just the first half!

 A single work will follow the the interval – Schubert’s profound, groundbreaking final sonata in Bb, D 960, completed scarcely a month before his tragically early death at the age of 31. Its depth of emotional expression defies academic analysis, other than to note the distinct allusions and similarities to works by Beethoven – a composer Schubert venerated. 


As you can see, we have a truly irresistible programme of music that sustains and inspires. Kindly note that several advance bookings were made (in the usual way) by audience members at our last concert. 

Therefore please let me have your reservations as soon as possible – demand for places is likely to be substantial.

Make the evening a real treat – arrive at 6.15 to enjoy Anita’s beautiful garden with a pre-concert glass of wine or fruit juice. As usual, the concert will be followed by a light buffet. For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.

And a final note: although restrictions on numbers have been lifted, we shall nevertheless maintain our policy of keeping an ample circulation of fresh air throughout the evening.

With much appreciation of your continued support for Maxability and its vital contribution to the welfare of disabled people. We look forward to sharing this special evening with you.