Legendary 'Shine' pianist David Helfgott to perform at Cadogan Hall on 13th October
"He’s a life force, and people draw strength from him." The Independent
“What a guy. A veritable whirlwind of manic energy.” James Rhodes
“He has brought classical music to a whole new audience of younger people, much as Pavarotti introduced the football fans of the world to opera.” The Guardian
Immortalised in the Oscar-winning movie Shine, David Helfgott is an Australian pianist born to Polish Jewish parents whose entire family had perished in the Nazi death camps; a wunderkind whose career, after a stellar start at the Royal College of Music, seemed to be over after a nervous breakdown. Yet through the healing power of music and his great love for his wife Gillian he found his way back to the stage. Today, his positive personality and uninhibited performance blow a breath of fresh air into the sometimes stuffy world of classical music, inspiring both young and old.
Performing richly emotional music by Liszt, Chopin and Mussorgsky, with whom he closely identifies, Helfgott invites us to experience the great Romantics in a joyous, human way, not as note-perfect and tamed for a concert hall, but as a life-changing force. This is only David Helfgott’s third UK performance since the release of Shine in 1996.
Programme: Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Liszt Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.
UK Premiere Film Screening
The documentary film Hello I Am David! A Journey With David Helfgott (2015) was directed by German writer, producer and director Cosima Lange who travelled with David and Gillian during a European tour. It received theatre screenings in Germany and Austria and has been shown at a number of festivals such as Hofer Filmtage, DE (2015), Documentary Edge Festival, NZ (2016)
This film allows us to witness David Helfgott's infectious passion and impulsiveness. He plays what he feels, he says what he thinks, and touches people in the true sense of the word. Pure and direct in both his playing and character – this moving, inspiring film gives us a revealing insight into David Helfgott's personality and life in music. Yet Hello I Am David! is above all a film about love: The love of life, the love of music - and the compelling love between two people who are as enchanting as they are dissimilar.
World Mental Health Day
Hello I Am David is presented in connection with World Mental Health Day (10 October) and in support of Help Musicians UK to highlight mental health issues facing musicians and people in the music business.
Help Musicians UK
Hello I Am David! will also be supporting Help Musicians UK, the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres. Amongst other programmes they operate is Music Minds Matter a 24-hour support line. Help Musicians will talk about their work after the film and there will be an opportunity to donate to the work that Help Musicians UK does.
Concert - 13 October, 7.30pm, Cadogan Hall London, SW1X 9DQ. TICKETS.
Film - 11 October, 7.30pm, Polish Jazz Café, POSK 238-246 Kings Street W6 0RF, TICKETS.