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The CD of Nocturne (with Samuel West and Harriet Walter) has been released by Deux Elles

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The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin

"Parham's velvet-gloved sonority and rare ability to impart a poetic coherence to Chopin's stream-of-consciousness flights of inspiration has one listening afresh."
Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine 2014

"The Best Chopin of the Year"

"A passionate, humorous and deeply moving portrait of the relationship between Chopin and Sand"

The third programme of words and music scripted and adapted from letters and diaries by Lucy Parham chronicles the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano – Frédéric Chopin. The narrative follows his turbulent relationship with the controversial literary figure George Sand, their time together in Majorca, his fragile health and his ultimate demise in poverty in Paris at the age of 39. The readings are interspersed with some of his most loved and poignant compositions.

Nocturne received its London première in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall in July 2010 - the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, with Dame Harriet Walter and Samuel West.

Recent and future performances include the Wigmore Hall, Chopin Festival in Mallorca, Kings Place, The British Library, St John’s Smith Square, Algarve Concert Series, Richmond Theatre London, Rose Theatre Kingston, Chipping Campden Festival, Cambridge International Festival, St.George’s Bristol, Hertford Theatre, Yeovil Octagon Theatre, Malvern Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Chichester Festival Theatre, Winchester Festival, Almeida Theatre, Perth Festival, Bury St. Edmunds Festival, St George’s Hall Bradford, St Paul’s Knightsbridge, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Harrogate Festival, Sheffield Concert Series, Middle Temple Recital Series and the Petworth Festival.

Actors include Juliet Stevenson, Alex Jennings, Dame Harriet Walter, Samuel West, Henry Goodman, Guy Paul, Emily Bruni, Guy Henry, Madeleine Potter, Patricia Hodge, Lloyd Owen, Robert Glenister, Niamh Cusack, Emilia Fox, Michael Maloney, Greg Wise, Rosamund Pike, Anna Chancellor, Roger Allam, Miranda Richardson and Rula Lenska.

The CD of Nocturne is now available on the Deux-Elles label with narrators Harriet Walter and Samuel West.

Nocturne was chosen by The Times as “The Best Chopin of the Year” in 2010

Click here to watch the video of Nocturne with Dame Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings.

Performance of 'Nocturne' at St Johnís Smith Square, London, with actors Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings

Performance of 'Nocturne' at St Johnís Smith Square, London, with actors Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings

Performance of 'Nocturne' at the Almeida Theatre, London with actors Henry Goodman and Juliet Stevenson

Click below to listen to extracts from Nocturne.
Narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Samuel West

The Cast:



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