7:30 pm, Sat 28 October 2017

St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens

Russian piano and choral music of the 20th century marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution.

Featuring pianist Martin James Bartlett, former BBC Young Musician of the Year — and music by Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Grechaninov, Chesnokov and others.

Benedict Hastings will perform scenes specially commissioned for this performance by Rufus Stilgoe, author of our acclaimed Christmas Truce performance of 2014.

The narrative tells a (fictionalised) account of two distinguished and diverse gentlemen – Arthur Ransome and Sergei Rachmaninov – and their involvement with the Russian Revolution in an imagined meeting between this author/journalist at the start of his career and a composer at the height of his powers.

Programme below.


Below, re-live the astounding performance of Martin James Bartlett playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the BBC Young Musician Final 2014.

Getting there

Nearest station: Lancaster Gate, Paddington