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York Times for his ‘great flair and virtuosity’ and also The Times whose critic described him as ‘a masterly recitalist’. A globe-trotting performer, Mr Lenehan - who, by the way, is no stranger to Norwich often appearing for the Norfolk & Norwich Music Club - has appeared in concerts ranging from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall.

Nigel Kennedy and Yuja Wang as well as for the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Highlights so far this year have included a recording for Chandos with his long-time collaborator, the violinist Tasmin Little. Performing Mozart’s Exultant Jubilate falls to 24-year-old soprano, Milly Forrest, who recently delivered a wonderful rendering of Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock with the Tyburn Ensemble at the Assembly House, Norwich.

He has also collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is widely recognised as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician. Spending a considerable amount of time in the recording studio Mr Lenehan has recorded over 70 CDs covering a huge range of musical styles: duo sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms; piano concertos by Michael Nyman and Vaughan Williams; chamber music with the Nash Ensemble; a jazz repertoire with Emma Johnson.

Last year proved momentous for her as she stood in at short notice at London’s Wigmore Hall (the world’s shrine to chamber music) as the singer engaged for the concert had to cancel. With just three days to prepare for her performance, Ms Forrest - who replaced the soprano, Ruby Hughes - performed Purcell’s If music be the food of love which earned her rave reviews with one critic describing her voice as ‘breathtaking’ and a voice that ‘floated heavenwards’.

His four-disc survey of John Ireland’s piano music received great critical acclaim including a Gramophone award while other solo recordings include three discs for Sony Classical of minimalist piano works and a disc of Erik Satie for Classic FM. Over the past few years, though, Mr Lenehan has been drawn towards the jazz genre and particularly early 20th-century styles including ragtime and stride piano. Recently, he has been performing in a two-piano collaboration with the acclaimed jazz improviser, Jason Rebello, who toured the world with Sting and played on the singer’s Grammy award-winning albums: Brand New Day (1999) and Sacred Love (2003).

In fact, there are two settings of Purcell’s famed work and two versions of the first setting. One of the composer’s most popular songs If music be the food of love is set to a text by Colonel H Heveningham whose seat at Heveningham Hall, Suffolk, is not that far away from where Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft and also close to Aldeburgh where Britten later lived. And, of course, Purcell was a big influence on the composer who founded the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948.

Mr Lenehan also composes and is published by Faber, Novello and Schotts. His ‘Fantasy’ on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite was recently recorded by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra while he has written and arranged for a long list of soloists and orchestras including the likes of Nicola Benedetti, Leonidas Kavakos,

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ms Forrest - who worked as a cloakroom attendant at the Wigmore to fund her musical education was asked to take the stage by the hall’s artistic director, John Gilhooly - is hoping to make it on the opera stage, a step up, indeed, from the Wigmore Hall’s stage and, hopefully, that ‘bigger stage’ will come her way in the not-too-distant future. But, closer to home, her performance at St Andrew’s Hall is on a relatively big stage and promises great things as Mozart’s lovely motet, Exultant Jubilate - written when the composer was staying in Milan during the production of his opera, Lucio Silla, which received its première in the city’s Teatro Regio Ducal - is such a joyous and uplifting work and seems an ideal piece for Ms Forrest to perform judging by her recent Norwich performance. Originally written for the castrato, Venanzio Rauzzini, who had

Star pianist, John Lenehan.

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