Pianist’s slip is an opportunity for Nicola

PUBLISHED: 16:35 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:08 17 June 2010

IN last week s Sidmouth Herald I announced that the next recital in the Sidmouth Concert Society s series would be given by the Anglo-Spanish pianist Anthony Zerpa-Falcon but, to slightly misquote Robbie Burns, the best laid plans of mice and men can easily go awry.

IN last week's Sidmouth Herald I announced that the next recital in the Sidmouth Concert Society's series would be given by the Anglo-Spanish pianist Anthony Zerpa-Falcon but, to slightly misquote Robbie Burns, the best laid plans of mice and men can easily go awry.

No sooner had the paper appeared than Stephen Huyshe-Shires, chairman of the society, received a telephone call to say that Anthony had fallen on some ice and badly sprained his arm, requiring a cancellation of his appearance.

Undismayed, telephone lines became hot as several pianists were contacted to see if they could fill the gap. Thanks to the mobile phone, contact was made with the fine young British pianist Nicola Eimer, while she was out and about, and she agreed to fill the bill at short notice.

Nicola impressed on a previous visit to the society and there was great relief that such an outstanding substitute had been found. Since studying at New York's Juillard School, with Joseph Kalichstein she has gone on to enjoy a busy career as soloist and chamber musician.

She has given concerto performances at London venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Purcell Room, the Barbican, St. John's Smith Square, and the Wigmore Hall.

Her performance of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto was described by the authoritative Musical Opinion as 'Beethoven playing of distinction'.

As a chamber musician she has played in Europe, America, Australia and Japan, and as a founder member of the Eimer Piano Trio she has a full schedule ahead.

Nicola's programme for Sidmouth will range from a Haydn sonata, through the Romantics, to Chopin with the Op.34 Valses, the Ballade in G minor and the Fantasie in F minor. Two of the Schubert Impromptus will be a highlight.

The recital takes place at the Knowle council chamber at 3 pm. on Saturday, January 10 (tomorrow). Non-members of the society are welcome and tickets may be obtained at the door.

John Dalton


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