Nicholas Yonge Society

Chamber Music in Lewes

28th November 2014

Chabrier Selections from Dix Pièces pittoresques: Tourbillon; Mauresque; Idylle; Danse villageoise
Dukas Variations, Interlude et Final sur un thème de Rameau
Debussy Two Etudes: Pour les arpèges composés, Pour les sonorités opposées
Chopin Three Etudes: Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor; Op. 10 No. 11 in E flat; Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat

Jayson Gillham in performance Jayson is a young pianist with a phenomenal talent.

Those who missed this concert missed an astonishing display of masterly technique and control of often the most challenging material elegantly presented without any theatrical flourishes of hand or body.

He opened with some of Chabrier’s delightful but rarely heard Pieces Pittoresques, both rhythmic and fluid, full of nuances and contrast.

The Dukas Variations, also rarely heard, brought out the widest range of expression from ppp to ffflento to presto, and as Jason explained, weaving the melodies and rhythms between the two hands.

By now the formidable technique required for the Debussy was taken for granted - fingers flying over the keys in this stunning and expressive performance.

Chopin filled the second half of the concert with some more brilliant piano playing contrasting the many moods of fantasy and sonority and finishing with a triumphant cascade of notes.

We were treated to an encore as well: Poulenc’s Melancolie at the end of an evening which must have left the aspiring amateur pianist full of delight and envy.  Jayson Gillham will be a household name before long - his talent demands it. 

Reviewer: Sylvia Coward
Photographer: David James