A special night of music

September 26, 2017

Nicholas Young performs.

Composer Alan Griffiths.

Acclaimed pianist Nicholas Young and composer Alan Griffiths have come together to provide Shepparton with a night of music.

As part of Concerts in the Chapel at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, the show will see Mr Young perform the well-received debut album Introspection by Melbourne composer Alan Griffiths.

This is Mr Young’s third performance of Introspection in five months and said it was an honour to be working with Mr Griffiths.

‘‘It’s my great pleasure and honour to be collaborating with Alan Griffiths this year in bringing Introspection to life through live performance,’’ he said.

‘‘This unique cycle of piano works is immediately engaging, thoughtful and profound.’’

Mr Young is no stranger to Shepparton, winning second prize in the town’s Australia National Piano Award in 2012.

Since then he has gone on to have a successful career, winning Australia’s two most prestigious piano scholarships; the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Scholarship, and the 2016 Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarship.

Mr Young was looking forward to returning to Shepparton

‘‘I’m really looking forward to being able to play some great music in a great venue,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m most delighted and honoured to move out of a major city and go into some of the regional centres.’’

Mr Griffiths composed the piano repertoire for Introspection during a 27-year period, while in between film scoring jobs.

Last year he met Mr Young and together the pair started a working relationship.

‘‘Nicholas is a genius, you put anything in front of him and he just does it,’’ he said.

‘‘He is such a joy to work with because he’s completely relaxed.’’

Mr Griffiths was looking forward to coming to Shepparton.

‘‘You’ve got so many really talented people in Shepparton,’’ he said.

‘‘It seems to be the right thing to do to be in Shepparton with Nicholas now.’’

Nicholas Young will perform at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 28, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 54 Poplar Ave, Shepparton.

Early bird tickets are $15 until October 21, then after this date are $20 concession and $30 full price and are available from www.griffithscomposer.com/concerts/

Weekend Life will be giving away two double passes to the performance in its Saturday, September 30, issue.

To find out about the competition, grab a copy of Weekend News for your free Weekend Life.

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