On Friday the 18th November, I was invited to a lunch time concert in the National Physic Laboratory Science Museum to be given by Gisela Meyer, the concert had as its theme ‘Night Pieces’ and consisted of pieces by four composers/artists:
- John Field (1782-1837)
- Nocturne in Bb major – Cantible
- Nocturne in A major – Poco Adagio
- Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
- Notturno – Lento
- Romeo Wecks (1994)
- Nachstuck I
- Nachstuck II
- Nachstuck III
- Marice Ravel (1898-1937)
- Gaspard de la nuit
- Le gibet
- Gaspard de la nuit
As mentioned the concert is held in the NPL in the Scientific Museum, which is a former hunting lodge and one time home of William, Duke of Clarence (later King William IV) with views across Bushy Park.
The setting is spectacular, but like all government buildings is in need to some TLC (Tender Loving Care). I was advised that the maintenance contract is coming up for renewal, which may explain why it appears so tired and dilapidated. From looking around the outside territory of the building and the building sitting behind it to the right, it would not surprise me if it was to end up as development territory into very well appointed apartments easily within the million pound bracket or more because of the location and proximity to London!
Now returning to the concert and Ms Meyer; I think everyone enjoyed the range of items performed, though for me the highlight was Gaspard de la nuit by Ravel. I have attempted to find a video of Ms Meyer playing, but nothing turned up during my searches, so here instead you have pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing:
Ms Meyer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany where she undertook her undergraduate studies (Piano with side subject Cello) and her postgraduate diploma (Piano solo) in Weimar, Gisela obtained a MMus in Accompaniment at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama.
The four pieces are different but similar in that they in the main allowed you to drift away slowly loosing yourself in the music, and does Ms Meyer who is wonderfully accomplished, but almost seems dwarfed by the grand piano, which she plays with total command.
If you are interested in classical music, and have the time, and are in Teddington then I would definitely recommend getting in touch with the NPL Musical Society organisers by contacting Frances Wilson on firstname.lastname@example.org