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One of the most important musicians to emerge from Ireland in recent times, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition and since then has appeared with leading orchestras and conductors all over the world.
"Finghin Collins took a grip on the stormy emotions of Brahms's 1st piano concerto as if the piece might have been written for him". Michael Dervan, The Irish Times 2015
Field - Nocturnes Nos. 5 in B flat and 10 in E minor
Chopin - 2 Nocturnes Op.27
Chopin - 2 Nocturnes Op.32
Chopin - 2 Nocturnes Op.37
Chopin - 8 Etudes from Op.25
Chopin - Polonaise Fantasie Op.61
Finghin Collins will play the Pleyel grand piano which Chopin brought with him to London in 1848.
The recital starts at 7.30. Guests are invited for 6.30 to give them time to look around the house and garden.
Hatchlands Park (now National Trust) was built in the 1750s for Admiral Edward Boscawen, hero of the Battle of Louisburg and his wife Fanny, a prolific letter writer and early member of the Blue-Stocking circle. The Boscawens gave the Scottish neo-classical architect Robert Adam one of his earliest commissions, and his work can be seen in interiors throughout the house.
Today the mansion is a family home, containing tenant Alec Cobbe's superb collection of paintings and fine furniture. Six show rooms also display the Cobbe Collection, Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers, including J.C. Bach, Chopin and Elgar. At over 400 acres, Hatchlands is one of the largest country estates within the green belt surrounding Greater London. The mansion is set in informal grounds, partly landscaped by Humphrey Repton, with one small parterre garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll.
The ticket price includes a welcoming glass of champagne before the concert and a delicious buffet supper with wine afterwards. Please phone 020 8960 4027, give your name, and let us know if you would like the vegetarian menu.
If you will be travelling down from London and prefer not to drive, we have hired a coach which will leave from outside Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue SW1P 1QW at 6.00pm. It will return from Hatchlands Park at 10.30, arriving back at the Hall at approximately 11.20. Tickets for the coach are £20 each. If you are interested, please contact Chopin Society Secretary Gillian Newman, on 020 8960 4027 or firstname.lastname@example.org