Melvyn Tan brings variety to his latest recital

Melvyn Tan is at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday.
Melvyn Tan is at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday.
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International piano stars will be at Portsmouth Guildhall next week when it hosts events in both its regular series of classical concerts.

On Monday, Melvyn Tan will feature an unusual work written by 11 leading composers in the Portsmouth Chamber Music series.

Variations For Judith, created in 2012 as a 70th birthday tribute to Spitalfields Festival director Judith Serota, consists of short meditations on Bach’s setting of Bist Du Bei Mir.

The composers include Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Berkeley, Jonathan Dove, Peter Maxwell Davies, Thea Musgrave and Judith Weir.

With the audience seated on stage with the pianist, he will also play three nocturnes by John Field, who invented that style of composition, and three by Chopin who made it famous – as well as works by Bach and Liszt.

Then on Friday, May 1, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Portsmouth subscription season will end with two large-scale Russian works – Rachmaninov’s romantic third concerto, with Leeds International Piano Competition winner Sunwook Kim from South Korea as soloist, and Prokofiev’s sixth symphony.

This will round off a complete survey of Prokofiev’s symphonic works led by the BSO’s principal conductor, Kirill Karabits.

Previous performances in the series, linked with commercial recordings, have been widely acclaimed.

Both concerts begin at 7.30pm, and tickets for both are available on 0844 453 9028 or in person at the box office.

BSO prices are from £29.50 to £14.75, Melvyn Tan £16.

Concessions are available for both.