Melvyn Tan performs Beethoven and Schumann

Fri Oct 20 2023 at 07:30 pm to 08:45 pm

St James's Church, Piccadilly | London

St James's Church, Piccadilly
Publisher/HostSt James's Church, Piccadilly
Melvyn Tan performs Beethoven and Schumann
Known for his wit and poetic playing, acclaimed pianist Melvyn Tan will delight audiences with this enchanting recital.
About this Event

Doors 7pm. Event 7:30pm-8:45pm (no interval).

“... the most thoughtful, elegant and refined of pianists... one of those marvellous concerts where everything seemed to illuminate everything else.” THE GUARDIAN

Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances on fortepiano and continues to cast fresh light on music conceived for the piano’s early and modern forms.


BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in E Major Op. 109

SCHUMANN, C: 3 Romances, Op. 11

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op. 110


SCHUMANN, R: Kreisleriana Op 16

Clara Schumann’s 3 Romances, Op. 11 were written in the same year as Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana (1838) and were dedicated to Robert.

Melvyn Tan’s work as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist has been heard at many of the world’s leading concert halls, from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, AMUZ in Belgium, London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, and at major festivals including Salzburg, Edinburgh, La Roque d’Anthéron as well as Bath’s Mozartfest, City of London festival and Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival.

As a concerto soloist Melvyn has performed with prestigious ensembles such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg’s Camerata and Mozarteum Orchestras, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Melbourne Symphony, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Melvyn has connected with audiences across China and Southeast Asia, introducing many to their first experience of fortepiano and attracting young people to attend recitals on early and modern pianos. Others have discovered his work through his large discography, complete with ground-breaking fortepiano recordings of concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert’s Impromptus for EMI Classics, and releases on the Archiv, Deux-Elles, Harmonia Mundi, NMC and Virgin Classics labels. His latest recording, ‘Miroirs’(Onyx Classics 2019) embraces three centuries of keyboard style and traces some of the inspirations for Ravel’s ground-breaking works for piano, hailed by The Times as a “fascinating disc”. On his CD of Beethoven, Czerny and Liszt – Master and Pupil (Onyx Classics 2016), The Sunday Times commented that “The progression is from marvelousness to absolute delectation. His playing is always exquisite, but much more than that.”

Tickets are banded according to location in the church. Within each section, individual seats are unallocated so you are advised to arrive early for the best view.

Students and those under 30 years

We'd love to welcome younger audiences to our classical programme at St James's and have made £5 (+ booking fee) tickets available for each concert.* Please use the promo code Student/U-30 at the top of the ticket booking screen to order a £5 ticket. Please bring your ID with you on the night.


St James’s aspires to be a place where all can belong, and where every person’s gifts and identities are welcome and celebrated.

We are working to improve the experience at St James’s in the church building and the online community.

We have step-free access from the courtyard to the church, and a toilet for disabled people. The courtyard and Redemption Roasters coffee shop are wheelchair accessible.

If you have special access requirements (e.g. wheelchair users) please contact [email protected]

*limited number of tickets available per concert, best available seating to be offered on the night

Event Photos

Melvyn Tan


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

St James's Church, Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom


GBP 5.00 to GBP 28.00

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