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Leith Hill Place to stage Vaughan Williams recital

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: September 13, 2013

  • RISK-TAKER: Pianist Rebeca Omordia

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THE Ralph Vaughan Williams Society will stage a recital featuring some of the composer's work at his childhood home near Dorking this Saturday.

The event, at the newly-opened Leith Hill Place, is being held in collaboration with the house's managers, the National Trust.

Starting at 6.30pm, it will offer the audience an opportunity to hear pianist Rebeca Omordia, who is currently touring with Julian Lloyd Webber, in a programme of works by Vaughan Williams and composers associated with him, including Ireland's sparkling Decorations and Ravel's masterly Gaspard de la Nuit.

Rebeca Omordia is an award-winning concert pianist who studied at the National Music University in Bucharest with the renowned Professor Dana Borsan.

In 2007 she won a scholarship to the Birmingham Conservatoire.

She received the Ofenheim Scholarship in 2010 and studied at Trinity College of Music with Professor Mikhail Kazakevich.

She also won the First Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Romania in 2007.

Winning the Delius Prize in 2010 opened up a collaboration with renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, which continues to this day.

Described by the Birmingham Post as "a pianist willing to take risks", Rebeca has appeared both as a recitalist and soloist in the USA, across Europe and the UK, including performances at London's Wigmore Hall and a broadcast on BBC Radio Three's In Tune.

Ralph Vaughan Williams Society spokeswoman Karen Fletcher said: "It will be wonderful to bring live music back to the childhood home of Vaughan Williams, where the young composer had his first music lessons.

"Our recital on Saturday features a very rare performance of some of the dances from the composer's ballet Job: A Masque for Dancing in the piano arrangement. Even if you are not familiar with these works, there is something for everyone in our programme – for example, William Lloyd Webber's works are very accessible, and the pieces by John Ireland are delightful, The Island Spell being particularly beautiful and inspired by the island of Guernsey.

"Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit is a real workout for the pianist and very challenging, but fortunately Rebeca loves playing it."

Tickets cost £15 in advance and on the door, subject to space. Entrance fee includes an interval drink.

For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill/things-to-see-and-do/events and www.rebecaomordia.com

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