Alicia' s gift

Music at Leighton House
Wednesday 13 November 2013

Alicia's gift Words and Music with
VIV McLEAN piano
JESSICA DUCHEN author of 'Alicia's gift'


Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK, throughout Europe, as well as Japan, Australia and the US. His concerto work includes appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, LPO, RPO, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Scottish Concert Orchestra.
Viv studied at Chetham's School of Music and then The Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne, where he held the
Hodgson Fellowship. He was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. While at the Academy, Viv was the winner
of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition piano prize. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
His commercial releases include recordings for Sony, Naxos and the RPO's own

Jessica Duchen is a versatile wordsmith with a musical bias. Her four novels to date – Rites of Spring, Alicia's Gift, Hungarian Dances and Songs of Triumphant Love (published by Hodder)– have won a loyal fan base and critical acclaim ('Enthralling'– Joanna Lumley). Her first books were biographies of the composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Gabriel Fauré (Phaidon Press). She writes regularly for The Independent and has interviewed most of the world's finest musicians. Her music journalism also appears frequently in BBC Music Magazine, The Strad and Opera News, among other publications.
Her 'literary concerts' for musicians and actors have been performed in the UK, France, Australia and America.They include,
most recently, Sins of the Fathers exploring the relationship of Liszt,Wagner and Cosima, and narrated concerts based on two of her novels, Alicia's Gift and Hungarian Dances.

Follow Jessica Duchen on twitter: @jessicaduchen

"What a magical evening!" "The combination of prose and music worked very well......a unique evening's entertainment" What does a family do to a talented child? What does the presence of a prodigy do to the family? And how on earth can she find the right teacher? The topics at the heart of Jessica Duchen’s acclaimed [read more]
Review of Alicia's Gift - World Premiere by Frances Wilson (Cross-Eyed Pianist) 

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