“Music is enough for a lifetime but a lifetime is not enough for music” — Sergey Rachmaninov

In the week of his 150th anniversary, Elégie tells Rachmaninov’s story with both music and words. Vividly evoking his life in Russia and in exile are his best-loved works for solo piano, pieces by Skryabin and Tchaikovsky, and readings from diaries and letters.

Sergei Rachmaninov

‘I am a ghost forever wandering the world.’ The words of Sergey Rachmaninov, the last truly great Romantic composer/pianist of the 20th Century. Russian-born, he spent the second part of his life in self-imposed political exile – mainly in America – having been forced from his homeland in 1918 by consequences of the Russian Revolution. At the age of 44, he left Moscow for Sweden on an open sleigh, accompanied by his wife and two daughters and carrying nothing but a suitcase. He was never to return – but he left his heart forever in Russia. 

  • Lucy Parham piano
  • Henry Goodman narrator

This concert will be approximately 80 minutes in duration, without an interval