30 July 2012, 6.30pm - 7.30pmMusic
Internationally renowned pianist and avid cyclist Anthony Hewitt is the Olympianist. This year he will cycle the length of Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with his piano trailing in a van, in aid of charity.
Anthony Hewitt’s communicative and virtuosic pianism has won him plaudits worldwide. He is a diverse performer who champions contemporary composers in his frequent new commissions. As a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, he has performed everything from Bach to Benjamin to critical acclaim. His enterprising projects include the founding of the Ulverston International Music Festival, now in its ninth year.
Boasting orchestral engagements with the National Symphony and Princeton Symphony Orchestras in the USA, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia in the UK, he has also given four recitals at Wigmore Hall, and appeared across the USA including at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Described in International Record Review as "magisterial”, his discography includes the Gramophone recommended 'Protégé' (Divine Art Records); the first coupling on CD of the Liszt and Reubke Sonatas.
May 2012 sees him performing outdoors in market squares on a specially adapted van which he has coined the ‘BeethoVan’ as well as cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and giving a concert at the end of each day. He will also be appearing, both solo and orchestral, at the Newbury and Swaledale festivals and with the Manchester Camerata.