North Devon’s resident symphony orchestra, the North Devon Sinfonia, is joined by one of the UK’s leading pianists in the famous Grieg Piano Concerto at the Landmark Theatre on Saturday 10th May.
Award-winning pianist, teacher and broadcaster Duncan Honeybourne is the soloist in the Grieg A minor concerto – a work which audiences of a certain age will remember being murdered by Eric Morcambe in the classic 1971 comedy sketch.
Mercifully – unlike Morcambe, who famously played “all the right notes; but not necessarily in the right order” – Duncan can be relied upon to give a sparkling performance of this much-loved concerto.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire, Duncan tours extensively as a recitalist and can often be heard performing on Radio 3. He is also currently Tutor in Piano at Southampton University and gives regular masterclasses and lecture recitals.
In 1999, at the age of 22, Duncan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. He has since built a reputation as a thought-provoking and entertaining speaker on his experience of life on the autistic spectrum.
Duncan’s performance will mark the climax of a thrilling concert by the North Devon Sinfonia at the Landmark. Other works in the programme include Mendelssohn’s overture The Hebrides, the Slavonic Dance No.8 by Dvorak and Stravinsky’s dramatic orchestral suite from his ballet The Firebird.
• North Devon Sinfonia performs at 8:00pm on Saturday, 10th May at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. All seats £12 (under-18s free) and are available from North Devon Theatres box office: 01271 32 42 42. www.northdevontheatres.org.uk