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Pianist Piers Lane celebrates 60th birthday with tribute to Dame Myra Hess

By: stagedoorscribbler - January 22, 2018

Patricia Routledge with Piers Lane

A prominent guest at pianist Piers Lane’s recent 60th birthday celebration recital at London’s Wigmore Hall was actress Dame Patricia Routledge. 

The pair are of course inextricably linked through the music of the inspirational pianist Dame Myra Hess.  They have appeared together in dozens of recitals based on Dame Myra’s legendary wartime performances at the National Gallery. These have included many appearances with Clive Conway Productions’ favourite Admission One Shilling - a show that features Lane playing Dame Myra favourites while Dame Patricia reads extracts from her letters.

The birthday recital was also a tribute to Dame Myra and replicated the programme of music by Scarlatti, Bach, Beethoven and Chopin that she played during her first National Gallery performance. A hugely respected figure on the British music scene, Piers Lane is actually Australian but has been based in London for four decades. 

The recital attracted many big names who admired Lane for the sophisticated technique and interpretation he brings tenth music he plays including virtuoso violinist Tasmin Little who first encountered Lane at the start of her career 30 years ago. They have played together countless times since and continue to  record a series of CDs rediscovering little known British violin sonatas.