The Orchard Room on the Highgrove Estate played host to a memorable recital by internationally-renowned composer Jan Vriend on 2 March.
Organised by Jan’s partner, Josie Price, with the help of Tetbury Goods Shed group members Chris Burrows and Karen Quaddy, the event raised over £2,000 for the Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Project.
Tickets for the event, which was also supported by The Royal Oak Tetbury, Whatley Manor Hotel and Calcot Spa, sold out quickly as many music lovers in the area remembered Jan’s previous fundraiser at Chavenage in 2014.
Playing his own instrument, moved from his town centre home to the Orchard Room for the occasion, Jan’s programme followed the theme of ‘a fantasy to a dream’
Opening with JS Bach’s jubilant Fantasie in C-minor BWV 906, Jan followed up with the same commposer’s technical and harmonically challenging collection of four duets (BWV 802-5).
His performance of the complete Chopin 24 Preludes enthralled the audience, especially some of the lesser-known pieces, described by Jan as “so unusual, alien and mind-blowingly-original they seem hell-bent on defying every rule in the book.”
The Orchard Room’s excellent accoustics allowed Jan’s compositional skills to be fully appreciated during his own Liebesträum No. 4 - the ‘dream’ part of the evening’s theme.
Jan wrote six Liebesträume between 2009 and 2011 for fellow Dutch pianist Ralph van Gaat, who premiered Nos 1-3 and 5 and 6 at Westonbirt School in 2013. This year’s performance of No 4 - the most technically-challenging to play - completed the cycle.
He culminated the programme with a return to Chopin, drawing out the full palette of instrumental textures in the Sonata in B-flat minor Op. 35, before closing in dramatic style with a brief and breathtaking Schubert Impromptu.
Will Cook, chairman of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, said: “It was a fantastic evening. Tetbury is fortunate to have such talent in the town and we are very priviledged that he has chosen to devote so much time to it in support of the Goods Shed project.”
Jan added: “I can’t wait for the Shed to open its doors early next year. It will have so much to off er the town. I am hoping to hold a series of ‘educational’ recitals there next year where we’ll look at the way some great composers worked and hopefully allow people to enjoy their music even more.”