Jill Crossland performs in Barnsley Churches.
On Friday, 6th May, I attended a piano recital at the Emmanuel Methodist Church on Huddersfield Road in Barnsley. The recital was given by the distinguished classical pianist, Jill Crossland.
Jill is currently enjoying a flourishing concert
and recording career with regular performances throughout the UK and
abroad. She frequently appears at London's Wigmore Hall and at the South
Bank Centre (comprising the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Rooms, Queen
Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery). Mainland European venues have
included the Musikverein and the Koncerthaus in Vienna and the Leipzig
Gewandhaus. Other UK venues are the Sage at Gateshead, Fairfields Hall
in Croydon, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, St George's in Bristol and
Blackheath Halls in the south eastern area of London.
originates from Castleford in West Yorkshire, began playing the piano at
the age of four. She eventually studied at Chethams (pronounced
Cheethams which is Britain's largest school of music) in Manchester,
then at the Royal Northern College of Music, also in Manchester.
is a Steinway Artist and has given a recital in Steinway Hall
(Marylebone Lane, London) to promote the 32 Short Films on Glenn Gould
(of Canada), although on this occasion, she was playing the Emmanuel
Church's own Yamaha 6 foot grand.
Although Jill seems to favour the music of Bach, she did give performances of other composers' pieces also.
The list on this occasion is as follows:
Sonatas Kk380 & Kk491.
JS Bach Selections from Well-tempered clavier.
The interval was followed by Mozart's Fantasy in D minor K397,
Mozart Piano Sonata in C K330,
Schumann Arabeske Op 19,
Chopin Etude Op 10 No. 12 (The Revolutionary) and
Chopin Etudes Op 25 Nos 1 and 2.
On the 1st of July, Jill gave
another recital in Barnsley, at the Wesley Methodist Church in Darfield.
The first half was a virtual repeat of the earlier recital - the Scarlatti Sonatas and the same Bach selection with the addition of the Bach C Minor Fantasy BWV906.The second half commenced with the Mozart Sonata in C K330, followed by Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu, Etudes Op 25 Nos 1 & 2 and the Ballade No 3 in A flat Op 47.
It has to be said that, by listening to the comments and views of the audience following the recital, that the sheer brilliance of Jill's playing had discouraged pianists and organists who were disillusioned by their own playing. One pianist said it was time to call it a day and that he didn't intend to play again. A church organist said he was going to go to his church and set fire to the organ as he wouldn't be playing it again.
Jill Crossland was born in Yorkshire, and began playing the piano at the age of four. She studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, with Charles Hopkins and Ryszard Bakst. While a student, Jill performed the complete cycle of Bach's 48 Preludes & Fugues from memory, and won the Pinson Book Prize for her Bach playing. She later studied in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda, and performed throughout Austria as soloist and chamber player.
Since her return to the UK, Jill has played extensively at major venues including the South Bank and Wigmore Hall in London, and has made several radio and TV appearances. She is now pursuing an active concert and recording career. Jill's other recordings include
Bach Keyboard works (previously on Calico CCCR102 nla - to be re-issued in future
Bach: Goldberg Variations Warner Classics Apex
available from retailers worldwide, in case of difficulty, please enquire
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier (48 Preludes and
Fugues), Book 1
for details of commercial release, please enquire
Contact Jil's management:
or write to:
50 Northfield Avenue
Tel: 0208 263 5517 / 0203 132 5055
Rhett Bateup Brown 07787501988