A Musical Polymath
Peter Dickinson's eightieth birthday concert,
enjoyed by MALCOLM MILLER
An eightieth birthday concert to celebrate the achievements of Peter Dickinson was an aptly spirited and well varied affair, which highlighted his distinctive and multi-faceted qualities as a British composer, solo and chamber pianist, author, broadcaster and editor, a 'Renaissance' musician who is very much a pioneer in postmodernism. The programme, on 10 November 2014, featured a sparkling selection of Peter Dickinson's songs and piano music performed by young talented Park Lane Group musicians, intertwined with works Dickinson has performed, recorded or written about — Copland, Berkeley and Satie, all in the elegant surrounds and rewarding acoustics of a private home in Marylebone.
The illustrious audience included the composer himself and his sister Meriel, with whom he has performed and recorded internationally for many years, family, friends and colleagues, including notable performers, composers and critics, and John Woolf, Director of the PLG (which next year celebrates its sixtieth anniversary!), who produced a special birthday cake...
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