Thu 25 May, Wesley Memorial Church
Although there has been a Methodist presence in New Inn Hall Street since 1783, the present church was built in 1878. To celebrate the centenary in 1978, the interior of the church was re-ordered replacing the pews on the ground floor with chairs. As a result, we have been able to use this space not only for worship but also for concerts, plays and musicals, art exhibitions and public meetings. Recent events have included BBC Songs of Praise (Easter 2011) and a series of concerts by the Oxford Sinfonia in 2012. Concerts in 2013 have included the Oxford Gospel Choir, the Oxford University Brass Band, The Starfire Singers from Los Altos Methodist Church in California performing Justix, The Moonrakers Folk Group and a Piano Recital by Alexander Ardakov.
Facilities: Toilets, disabled access, rehearsal rooms, refreshments (no alcohol) sometimes available if provided by promoter. No parking facilities.
New Inn Hall Street,
Alexander Ardakov returns for his sixth visit to Wesley Memorial Church giving a piano recital in aid of Open Doors – the Wesley Memorial Church redevelopment project. His programme includes seven variations on the theme of God Save the King (Beethoven), four Ballades (Op 23, 38, 47 and 52) (Chopin) and four works by Rachmaninov including Ten Preludes.
Alexander is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire and a prize winner at the Viotti International Competition in Italy. He is Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. He combines his teaching with a career as an international recitalist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Among his notable radio recordings are those for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. His CDs include Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.
Duration: 1 hour 45mins with interval