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"Songs of Triumphant Love is an enthralling novel: I couldn't stop reading. I got deeper and deeper into the very real world Jessica Duchen has created and just had to find out how it would unravel. Jessica writes with an unpredictable and original voice and a dazzling perceptiveness, and I was hooked from the first page. A sensational achievement."
JOANNA LUMLEY
   
   

The Enigma of Brahms

BBC Music Magazine (October 2014) edition

Jessica, Bayan Northcott & Ivan Hewett have contributed to the interesting Magazine
cover feature in this current edition.

Here is a LINK to BBC Music Magazine.

 

 
Limelight Celebrity Management signs Jessica Duchen
Limelight Celebrity Management
Jessica is delighted that she been signed up by a new literary agency
that deals not only with books but also lifestyle journalism and talks.
They will look after Jessica's pre-concert talks, on-stage artist interviews and music and literary festivals as well as enquiries regarding new literary works.

Read more about Jessica on the Limellight website.
 

 
EDITION PETERS ARTIST MANAGEMENT TAKES ON THREE JESSICA DUCHEN STAGE WORKS
   
Editions Peters Artist Management
 
Sins of the Fathers
Alicia's Gift
Hungarian Dances
I’m delighted to announce an exciting new collaboration with Edition Peters Artist Management. This dynamic company was founded a couple of years ago by Robin Tyson under the auspices of the renowned music publishers.

They have agreed to represent Sins of the Fathers, my play about Wagner, Liszt and Cosima; and my two concerts-of-the-novels, Alicia’s Gift and Hungarian Dances.

For all details about these projects and to book them, please contact Robin Tyson or Laszlo Harkanyi: http://www.editionpeters.com/london/epamcontact.php

Here is my page on their website: http://editionpeters.com/epamjessicaduchen

Melanie Spanswick met up with classical music journalist and author Jessica Duchen at Steinway Hall recently and they chatted about her career and forthcoming work. The third movement of Ravel's Sonatine which is featured at the beginning and end of this interview is an extract from a live concert given by pianist Viv McLean, who performs in Alicia's Gift with Jessica.
 
 
 
WORDS & MUSIC, PLAYS AND PRE-CONCERT TALKS, 2014
July 2014
Pavillion Arts Theatre , Buxton
 
Buxton Festival website Link
BUXTON FESTIVAL:
Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Pavilion Arts Centre,
Buxton at 12.00 noon

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
(Coffee Concert version)

Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)


Box Office: 0845 127 2190
August 2014
 

Monday, 18 August 2014
Chetham's Summer School for Pianists at 19:00

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Murray McLachlan (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)


Summer School website Link

Chetham's Summer School
September 2014
 

Sunday 14 September 2014
Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival,
Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX at 3.30pm

JOHN OGDON CENTENARY INTERVIEW.

Jessica interviews the author Charles Beauclerk about his recently released biography of the great pianist John Ogdon

Hampstead and Highgate Festival Link | Book your tickets here

The Chopin Society

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Chopin Society, Westminster Cathedral Hall,
London at 4.00pm

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)


Chopin Society website

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 6.15pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK CENTENARY
Pre-Concert Talk at the CBSO: Jessica interviews composer Roxanna Panufnik about the life and legacy of her father Sir Andrzej Panufnik and his music. Concert includes A. Panufnik's Piano Concerto (with Peter Donohoe) and Sinfonia Elegiaca.

October 2014
 

 



Thursday, 23 October 2014
City Music Society, Bishopsgate Institute Great Hall, London EC2 at 19:00


HUNGARIAN DANCES, the Concert of the Novel
David Le Page (violin), Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator).

City Music Society website


November 2014
Saturday, 2 November 2014
The Assembly Rooms, Presteigne at Time:TBC

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
Sunday 23 November, 11.30am and 2.30pm
International Wimbledon Music Festival at the Orange Tree Theatre,
Richmond-on-Thames

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
December 2014
Monday, 1 December 2014
The ELGAR SOCIETY, London W.1 at Time:TBC

LIVING with ELGAR:
In which I reveal how Elgar has touched my life since the year dot and take a wry look at the changing role of the musical writer in our baffling new world.
 
 
WORDS & MUSIC, PLAYS AND PRE-CONCERT TALKS, 2015
January 2015
 

 



Saturday, 24 January 2015
Richmondshire Subscription Concerts, North Yorkshire at Time: TBC


HUNGARIAN DANCES, the Concert of the Novel
Bradley Creswick (violin), Margaret Fingerhut (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator).



Margaret Fingerhut-Jessica Duchen-Bradley Creswick
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 6.15pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

KORNGOLD SYMPHONY
Pre-Concert Talk at the CBSO: I revisit the life of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and explore his last great orchestral work, his Symphony in F sharp, which will enjoy a rare hearing in this concert by the CBSO and conductor Michael Seal.

 
 
... more to come when confirmed
 
 
Recent Events
2014
June 2014

Saturday, 7 June 2014
Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street London W1U 2BP
at 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk: Jessica introduces Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne’s evening concert, which includes works for violin and piano by Prokofiev, Debussy and Arvo Pärt. Part of the Wigmore Hall’s Spotlight on Steven Osborne series.


Wigmore Hall Website
photo Sussie Ahlburg
photo Ben Ealovega
   
May 2014

Saturday, 24 May 2014 at 19:30
LSO, St Luke’s, 161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG

The fascinating American pianist Jeremy Denk performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations and a selection of György Ligeti’s Etudes for solo piano. After the concert Jessica interviews him on stage.

LINK to LSO website for more information


 
St Nicholas Church, Brighton
   
 
   
Friday, 09 May2014
St Nicholas’ Church, Dyke Road, Brighton

Part of Music of Our Time (MOOT),
Brighton Fringe


A WALK THROUGH THE END OF TIME


Jessica’s one-act play introducing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, starring Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul (both subject to availability) and The Ether Quartet.

Box office: 01273 917272
March 2014
March 20th 2014


“Music is the key to the soul…”

Buy the April 2014 issue of BBC Music Magazine to read Jessica’s interview
with the great German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.


Order online here: http://www.classical-music.com/issue/april-0
 
 
Balassi Institute website
 
Balassi Institute,
Hungarian Cultural Centre

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Centre,
10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2 - Start: 7.00pm

HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE BARTÓK


A special talk on the anniversary of the great Hungarian composer’s birth. Part of the Balassi Institute’s Magyár Mind Lecture Series. Admission free, but places must be booked.

see page 25
http://www.london.balassiintezet.hu/en/events/programme-brochure/

Sunday, 2 March 2014
St.Mary’s Church, Perivale, 3.00pm

HUNGARIAN DANCES: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
David Le Page (violin), Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
St. Mary's Perivale
February 2014
Edward Gardner
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Symphony Hall, Birmingham 6.15pm (concert at 7.30pm)
Pre-concert talk for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Mendelssohn series.

Edward Gardner conducts Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Two Motets.
January 2014
 
Balassi Institute website
 
Balassi Institute,
Hungarian Cultural Centre

Monday, 27 January 2014
(Past Event)
Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Centre,
10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2

A very special performance to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day.

HUNGARIAN DANCES:
THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL


David Le Page (violin), Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
Alicia's Gift on Amazon website
18 January 2014 (Past Event)
Soirées at Breinton, Woking, Surrey GU22 0RD

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)

Soirées website Information
 
2013
15 December
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, London NW3

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
8 December
St.Mary’s Church, Perivale, 3pm

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
St. Mary's Perivale
27 November
Vernon Ellis Foundation, 49 Queens Gate Terrace,
London SW7, 7.30pm

ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
Wimbledon Music Festival
Sunday, 24 November
International Wimbledon Music Festival

SINS OF THE FATHERS – Wagner, Liszt, Cosima

Venue: Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, TW9 2SA
Time: 2.30 and 4.45pm

New version, world premiere. Please check back for further details.
 
9 November
The Musical Museum, Brentford, 7.30pm
ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
Alicia's Gift on Amazon website
Viv McLean

13 November
Leighton House Museum, London W14, 7.30pm
ALICIA’S GIFT: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL
Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
Edward Gardner
24 October
Birmingham Town Hall, 1pm (concert at 2.15pm)
Pre-concert talk for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Mendelssohn series.

Edward Gardner conducts Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos 1 & 3 and Martin Helmchen is the soloist in the Piano Concerto No.2.
Martin Helmchen

20 October, St James Theatre,
12 Palace Street, London SW1


A WALK THROUGH THE END OF TIME
Actors TBC.

Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time

including Philippe Graffin (violin), Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

   
Philippe Graffin
Raphael Wallfisch
Alasdair Beatson
19 October
Birmingham Town Hall, 1.45pm (concert at 3pm)
Pre-concert talk for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Mendelssohn series.

Edward Gardner conducts Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
and Valeriy Sokolov is the soloist in the Violin Concerto.
Valeriy Sokolov
Edward Gardner
Valeriy Sokolov
Edward Gardner
Pen Fro Book Festival
Pen Fro Book Festival
12 September
Pen Fro Book Festival, 8pm
HUNGARIAN DANCES:
THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL

David Le Page (violin), Anthony Hewitt (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
Pen Fro Book Festival,
Rhosygilwen Mansion,
Pembrokeshire
David Le Page
Anthony Hewitt
Jessica Duchen
       
 
TICKETS (£12) are on sale now:
The Musical Museum Box Office 020 8 560 8108
& HOUBENS BOOKSHOP, 2 Church Court, Richmond, Surrey 020 8940 1055 (Cash/Cards)
& FROM YVONNE EVANS 07889 399 862

8 September

The Musical Museum,
Brentford, 3pm

HUNGARIAN DANCES:
THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL


David Le Page (violin), Viv McLean (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)
23 August
Chetham’s Summer School for Pianists, Manchester
A WALK THROUGH THE END OF TIME
Dame Harriet Walter (‘She’) and Guy Paul (‘He’).
(Actors subject to availability)

Complete performance of
Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
featuring Kathryn Page (piano) and musicians tbc.

Pre-event talk by Jessica Duchen at 5pm. Play at 7pm.
Messiaen at 8.30pm.
11 June
St James Theatre Studio, London SW1, 7.30pm
HUNGARIAN DANCES: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL.
David Le Page (violin), Anthony Hewitt (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)


8 June

Ulverston Festival, Cumbria, Coronation Hall, 11am
HUNGARIAN DANCES: THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL.
David Le Page (violin), Anthony Hewitt (piano), Jessica Duchen (narrator)

 
David Le Page
Anthony Hewitt
6 June
Ulverston Festival, Cumbria, Coronation Hall, 6.30pm
Pre-concert talk with cellist Steven Isserlis
 
VoR's Alice Lagnado discusses the composer Sergei Rachmaninov and his music, with Jessica Duchen and with pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff who regularly performs Rachmaninov's work.
 
 
A WALK triumphs in Richmond and Wimbledon
A Walk through the End of Time was presented on 18 November as part of the International Wimbledon Music Festival, starring Henry Goodman and Dame Harriet Walter.

The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, was sold out six weeks in advance and the festival agreed to a second performance later the same afternoon, which sold out too. Huge thanks to director Anthony Wilkinson, Sam Walters and the Orange Tree Theatre, and the fabulous actors for all their hard work in bringing Messiaen’s story to life in such a compelling way, and to Anita Lasker Wallfisch for her extremely moving talk.

Here are some reviews and some photographs.
Reviews:
Photos:
 

 
BBC TV'S 'SACRED MUSIC'
In these extracts from the recent acclaimed BBC TV series, Jessica talks about
Faure's Requiem and the impact on the composer of the Franco-Prussian War.
 
 
 

 
 
 
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