Compelling playing - and a good cause
Sure, you all know about James Rhodes, his punk rock persona, his harrowing back story, and his penchant for musical commentary laced with four-letter words other than “sure,” “busy”, “desk,” “kiwi,” and “oboe.”
Once you get past the publicity, however, you quickly find out that he plays the piano phenomenally well, and with a compelling interpretive voice and clear intentions. I want to draw your attention to a charity recital he’s giving December 2, at 6.45 PM at the West London Mission, Hinde Street Methodist Church (here’s a link to it). Admission is free, but all donations go to help the homeless, so be generous.
James also has a website which is, to say the least, colourful! I know the concert’s a few weeks away, but given that everyone’s diary tends to get overbooked during the holiday season, plan early.
Composer, pianist, concert presenter and Gramophone contributor Jed Distler looks back, present and forward about the piano in our lives, and the lives of the piano.