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Talks and Conversations

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music
University of Leeds, LS2 9DA

Five sessions bringing new perspectives to the piano, its music and its people.

Welcome to The Leeds 2018. Bringing the repertoire to life!
Across two days, pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris takes an informal look at the competition repertoire, tells some of its stories, and illustrates the most fascinating moments at the piano.
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 September, 10.30am-12.00pm, £12 including coffee or tea
Psychology of performance and competition
Psychologist and performance coach Charlotte Tomlinson shares the secrets of her pioneering work. Her approach enables musicians to find freedom and a sense of wellbeing in practising, and to achieve their peak in performance.
Sunday 9 September, 2.00pm-3.15pm, £10
A pianist’s life
Pianists and Jury members Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper talk to presenter and broadcaster Petroc Trelawny about the trials and tribulations of a solo pianist’s career, and the importance of collaboration.
Sunday 9 September 3.30pm-5.00pm, £10
The piano and me
Petroc Trelawny chairs an entertaining session in which celebrity pianists Ed Balls and Alistair McGowan what playing the piano means to them and how it helps them in their busy ‘other’ lives.
Wednesday 12 September, 7pm-8.30pm, £15
On playing Mozart
One of the greatest pianists of our time, and a supreme interpreter of the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Alfred Brendel brings his unique perspective to how he approaches playing Mozart.
Thursday 13 September, 5.00pm-6.30pm, £20