Phillip Dyson

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Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Phillip Dyson come to Camberley Theatre on November 18th. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions…

What’s your favourite thing about going on tour

There are many, and all very enjoyable to me. The travel, hotel, restaurants, meeting new people, being in different places, enjoying being out early in a morning jogging and discovering everything new. Seeing a new city and everything about it. The joy of being there at that moment and for that brief time. However, of everything I think the performance and all that goes with that. The audience, and to ensure a successful Concert in every way. And also, to see old friends. Being on tour is a wonderful way of doing that.

What can the Camberley audience expect?

My Camberley audience can expect an enjoyable evening of wonderful popular piano classics, along with a little amiable banter to accompany. I will be presenting one of my favourite programmes including such iconic music as: Beethoven ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Chopin Nocturne in E flat and Fantaisie Impromptu, Scott Joplin The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, Debussy Clare de Lune, Rachmaninov Prelude in G minor and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A super programme in every way. Something very much for everyone!

Have you any funny or special memories of Surrey in general?

Well, it is always nice to perform locally. No flights nor hotels to worry about. Also, again to see people you know is always a pleasure. Surrey itself is a great place to live. It has plenty of greenery and fresh air, but also it  never seems far from anywhere. For me to be so close to London is wonderful.

This is our 50th Anniversary year, can you remember your first theatre trip and / or the first piece of music you bought?

I am so pleased to be performing at Camberley as part of the theatre’s 50th Anniversary Year. It is a great privilege indeed. Theatre is a very magical place that is a part of every city and most large town in the country, part of our arts and culture, and integral to our way of life. Long may this continue and grow.

My first visit to the theatre would have been to local Pantomime. And early music purchases of Debussy, Ravel and Billy Mayerl. Somethings really don’t change!

 Thanks Phillip – see you in November!

Here’s Phillip playing Scott Joplin at Nonsuch Mansion House, in Cheam, Surrey last Summer. Fabulous stuff!