Welcome to the latest edition of Purcell’s Weekly Highlights!

Leeds International Piano Competition Finalists

We are so very proud to be able to announce that not one but two of our alumni have made it through to the Finals of the Leeds International Piano Competition. Alim Beisembayev and Thomas Kelly complete the final five pianists to compete for the Gold Medal of this prestigious competition.

The Finals take place today (17th September) and Saturday 18th September at Leeds Town Hall. The finalists will be joined by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manza. Both alumni are scheduled to perform today from 7pm, with Alim playing Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A Minor, Op 43’, while Thomas presents Beethoven’s ‘Concerto No 4 in G, Op 58’. We wish them both the very best of luck!

It looks set to be a phenomenal final, particularly for those lucky enough to have audience tickets. Fortunately, the event will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, with the performances available free to view, live and on demand, through leedspiano.medici.tv.