Born without his right hand, Nicholas McCarthy has inspired thousands around the world with his acclaimed performances and passion for music. After only beginning to play the piano at the late age of 14, Nicholas faced his fair share of adversity, but despite this he continued to follow his dream of becoming a concert pianist.
Scriabin - Prelude and Nocturne, Op.9
Richard Strauss (arr. J. Mann) - Morgen! Op.27 No.4
Carl Reinecke - Sonata in C minor, Op.179
Bach (arr. Brahms) - Chaconne in D minor
Bellini (arr. Fumagalli) - Casta Diva
Alice Charbonnet - M’Appari
Bartók - Etude for Left Hand
Rachmaninov (arr. McCarthy) - Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5
He gained a place at London’s prestigious Royal College of Music and his graduation in 2012 made press headlines around the world, being the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the College in its 130 year history.
Since then he has performed around the world, including concert tours in Europe, USA, China, South Africa, Japan and South Korea.
Nicholas is a champion of the dynamic world of left hand repertoire, a repertoire that first came into being in the early 19th Century and developed rapidly following the First World War, as a result of the many injuries suffered on the Battlefield.
Here, his unique concert will take audiences on a journey, with Nicholas sharing funny and compelling stories about himself and his repertoire. The concert will include original works such as Scriabin’s Prelude and Nocturne, Bach’s monumental Chaconne in D Minor, alongside some stunning arrangements including Strauss’s Morgen, Gershwin’s Summertime and Nicholas's own arrangement of the compelling Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G minor, as heard by millions on BBC1’s The One Show.
"A touch of genius" - The Radio Times
“McCarthy is a fine pianist and the piano sings with a generous tone.” - Gramophone Magazine
Tickets: £21*, £17*, Under 25's £6*
Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
*Includes £1 booking fee
This event is promoted by The Apex.