Lunchtime concert at the library

PIANIST Frank James will play a varied programme, ranging from classics to jazz, at tomorrow’s lunchtime concert at the library.

“He will take us on a musical journey through the ages, playing some Chopin along the way,” says promoter Maria Billington.

Chopin, born in Warsaw 201 years ago, became the most famous piano composer of all time.

He will play music by Schubert, the only great composer to have been born in Vienna. He was unusual in that he did not pursue a career as a performer or conductor, so his music was rarely heard during his lifetime.

Frank will also be playing some Gershwin.

George Gershwin was born in New York in 1898. Maria says: “His story is unique, for although he wrote numerous popular songs and Broadway shows he did something truly amazing in the musical world; he successfully crossed into the field of classical music.

“Best known for Rhapsody in Blue, he wrote many classical scores for piano and orchestra.”

The concert is due to begin at 12.30pm.

Admission is by donation on the door.