A RISING star in the classical world will play a piano recital in the intimate setting of St Mary The
A RISING star in the classical world will play a piano recital in the intimate setting of St Mary The Virgin Church in Hambleden tomorrow (Saturday).
Cordelia Williams won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006 at the age of 17 and since then she has been building an international reputation as a virtuoso pianist.
At Hambleden she will play a selection of Scarlatti, Messiaen, Ravel and her favourite composer, Schubert.
Cordelia, who started playing at the age of three, always wanted to be a pianist.
She said: “There was never a time when I didn’t think I would be a professional pianist. I never questioned it. I could see people were moved when I played and it felt very natural.” She read theology at Cambridge because she believes music should not be insular, and that other experiences and knowledge are important to “enrich you as a person and musician”.
She has recently recorded her debut CD on SOMM’s New Horizons series, featuring music by Schubert.
She said: “Schubert really speaks to me, not only on an intellectual and emotional level, but on a higher, more spiritual level. Ever since I was very young I have been absolutely in love with his music.”
Cordelia was recently awarded first prize at the Concours International de Piano in Aix-en-Provence.
The concert is on Saturday, July 27 at 7.30pm in St Mary The Virgin Church, Hambleden. Tickets are £12.50, under 18s free, from Hambleden Stores or at the door.