Sunday 21 Jan 2024
3:30 pm • £17
Piano à Deux
Linda Ang Stoodley
All our concerts are held in the church at 83 Portsmouth Road.
The main entrance to the free parking is in Millmead Terrace which is accessed from Bury Fields at the end of Lawn Road.
“PIANO À DEUX”
Contrary to expectations, Robert & Linda did not meet through music, but on a dating website. They married in 2008 and “Piano À Deux” was formed in 2010. Its 'Four Hands One Heart' approach is redefining the piano duo experience for audiences worldwide.
Unexpectedly, their research has not only informed their playing of the standard repertoire for four hands on one or two pianos, but has led to their discovery of forgotten composers like George Onslow. Their first CD, 'Strictly Not Bach' was released in 2011. Through this, “Piano À Deux” with their audiences, have raised £2,000 for WorldVision and other charities.
Their unique combination of charisma, comedy and virtuosity set in scintillating original arrangements has won them a large following, particularly as a result of their globetrotting adventures on cruise ships.
Since 2010, they have played in Hungary, Italy, Germany, Singapore, and the UK, and were live on Radio 3's 'In Tune' in August 2015 with the prizewinning violinist Erzhan Kulibaev.
Their second CD, “France Revisited”, released in 2016, is described as “piano four hands performance at its very best..”, with “excellent”, and with their interpretation of Debussy’s “Petite Suite” preferred to that of eminent and established French duos. It was suggested that they are worthy of taking on the mantle of Goldstone & Clenmmow, whose recording story has ended owing to the untimely death of Anthony Goldstone.
Their third CD, “Preludes, Porgy & Paris”, all their own Gershwin arrangements has also had high praise. During Lockdown, Piano À Deux organised online programmes which encouraged many to engage with Music, Art and Literature, including a “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” option. All great fun and keep us engaged.
Robert has performing and teaching diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and has won many awards. He studied with Dorothea Law, student of Paul Baumgartner and Alfred Brendel (Vienna).
Robert, a linguist, studied Hindi instead of Chinese, not knowing that he would one day marry a Mandarin speaker. Combining linguistic and musical studies, he gained the Premier Prix at the Conservatoire de Lyon (France), has broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and given recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK.
Robert was recently Musical Director for the legendary Tommy Cannon (Cannon & Ball)
Some of Robert’s songs have been published and are sung throughout the world. Some have been recorded, the most recent recording being “St. Michael le Belfrey-the Vinyl Years”.
LINDA ANG STOODLEY
Singapore pianist Linda (B.Mus. Edinburgh) studied at the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst there, she won many prizes including the Royal-Overseas League Accompanist’s Prize. She was harpsichordist of the Guildhall String Ensemble when they won the Internationales Jeunesses Musicales Competition (Belgrade). During their prizewinner's tour Linda performed Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Linda has since focused on the piano. In a recital at the Wigmore Hall, the Daily Telegraph remarked on her “wide range of sensitively applied keyboard colours”. She was also an official accompanist for Holland's prestigious International Vocalisten Concours in s'-Hertogenbosch. Linda has performed in the UK, Europe, Mauritius, Singapore; on Dutch and Mauritius television, Radio Scotland, Radio Oxford, Radio 3, live on Premier Radio and Classic FM. She has recorded with several artistes and has released seven CDs of her own. Linda was featured in Singapore’s “Straits Times” and Singapore Airlines’ In-flight Magazine and was cover girl for “Woman Alive” magazine.