Thursday, 26 May 2011

Maestro Varley To Play Albert Hall Prom Concerto For Washboard & Spoons

Islington's Ted Varley has agreed to give his washboard & spoons version of Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 during this season's Albert Hall Promenade Festival.

Varley will play the 'Emperor' in E-flat Major at a special concert to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the King James'  bible.  It will be held on Friday September 13th - with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

"Varley plays the spoons like nobody on earth", said Barenboim. 

"He's the Pavarotti of the Percussion Section". 

"Aged 96, stone deaf and unable to read music, this man's a credit to the cultural values of saloon bars throughout North London", he added.

"Everyone that counts from the world of classical music will gather in the Albert Hall that night", declared illustrious pianist and conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy.  

"I shall be sitting with  Lang Lang and the incomparable Martha Argerich, wondering post-Varley if any of us will ever dare revisit Beethoven's original keyboard version of this concerto.

"Had he lived, Ludwig Van Beethoven would surely have written for Spoons & Washboard", declared pioneering Venezuelan genius, Gustavo Dudamel. 

Kick off at 8.15. 

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Live on BBC 2

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