Piano Recital Programme

St James’s Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London Friday – 21 May 2021 – 1PM

Piano : Tal Walker

Claude Debussy
Reflets dans l’eau
(Reflections in the water)

Gabriel Fauré
Prélude No. 1 in D major
Prélude No. 2 in C♯ minor
Prélude No. 4 in F major
Prélude No. 8 in C minor
Prélude No. 9 in E minor

Francis Poulenc
Nocturne No. 1 in C major
Nocturne No. 2 – Bal des jeunes filles (Little Girls’ Ball)
Nocturne No.4 – Bal fantome (Phantom Ball)
Nocturne No. 5 – Phalènes (Moths)
Nocturne No. 7 in E♭ major

Olivier Messiaen
Prélude No. 1 – La colombe (The Dove)
Prélude No. 3 – Le nombre léger (The Light Number)

Maurice Ravel
Une barque sur l’océan (A Boat on the Ocean)
Alborada del gracioso (The Jester’s Aubade)

Tal Walker

Tal Walker is an Israeli-Belgian pianist. Having studied in Paris for five years, he is specialized in the French repertoire. In 2017 Tal has won the bronze medal at the 18th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan. This prize was followed by invitations to prestigious artists residencies such as Villa Lena in Italy (2018) and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada (2019) where he performed and recorded pieces of Ravel and Debussy. As a soloist, Tal has performed with orchestras in Belgium, Italy, and Poland. He has performed on various international stages including Salle Cortot in Paris and the Royal Flemish Opera of Belgium. Next to his solo career, Tal has played in various chamber music ensembles, among them he premiered contemporary pieces and recorded to the Dutch Radio.

Tal is a graduate of the Conservatories of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium) where he studied with Avi Schönfeld and Eliane Rodrigues. Additionally, Tal has attended the École Normale de Musique de Paris – Alfred Cortot, where he studied with Françoise Thinat and was invited to work closely with renowned pianist Philippe Entremont in Paris and Fontainebleau. Tal Walker is the founder and the artistic director of Monsieur Croche concert series in Belgium where he performs a large repertoire of French music. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral studies at the Royal College of Music in London, where he received the RCM Doctoral Bursary.

Sue Dray

Sue Dray has illustrated for over 40 years working during the 70s for groundbreaking feminist publications Spare Rib and The Women’s Press, as well as for the gay community: Gay Men’s Press, Gay Pied and Gay News with the work all archived in The British Library. Through the 80s her work was published extensively with high profile authors such as Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon and John Mortimer. Sue Dray now draws, backstage and from the front row at London & Paris Fashion Week and was the first artist in residence for Fashion Scout SS18, SS20 and AW20 painting live from the runway at her easel jostled in amongst the press photographers. Her prestigious clients are Vivienne Westwood, Pam Hogg and Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World. She is featured drawing backstage in the film ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist – released 23rd March 2018.

Sue draws in a signature style that combines strong lines with painterly textures and bright, contrasting colour, focusing on the haptic of creating. She explains “it’s in the encapsulation of the instance of experiencing and translating what I see, into a final piece. This practice has taken me many years of constantly drawing, painting and interpreting my vision. I rarely alter my work it’s important I capture the moment as seen through my eye”. Sue’s teaching history is extensive she has taught in the UK, Paris, Australia and America. She was Course Leader, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration at London College of Fashion 2009 – 2018 and continues to contribute as a guest lecturer fueling and nurturing the next generation of fashion artists.

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