Internationally renowned pianist, Lucy Parham, makes her third visit to Bedford to present another of her acclaimed ‘composer portraits’ in aid of the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre’s ‘Warm-up’ appeal. The two previous concerts, ‘Beloved Clara’ telling the story of the intense relationship between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara and the young Johannes Brahms,and ‘Elegie’ chronicling the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, were enjoyed by capacity audiences. The subject this time is Franz Liszt and the show is called ‘Odyssey of Love-Liszt and his women’ Readings will be given by the distinguished thespians Joanna David and Robert Glenister.
‘Odyssey of Love’ was premiered in 2008 and has been performed throughout the UK and internationally. A CD has recently been released to critical acclaim. In this ‘composer portrait’ Liszt’s intimate letters and diaries come to life and he emerges as the likeable and contradictory individual that he clearly was. The programme tightly connects words, music and poetry. With music ranging from hushed inwardness to stormy flashiness. Liszt led a life paralleling his music and ‘Odyssey of Love’ links it all together.
This charity performance is in aid of the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre’s £300,000 ‘Warm-Up’ appeal to enable a green energy-based heating and natural ventilation system to be installed at their converted water mill theatre . The innovative heating system, using water source heat pumps , driven by water from the mill stream , has been installed in most of the building. The next phase is to install the new ventilation system.