Grieg Society Concert in London


The Grieg Society of Great Britain presents an exciting celebration of Norwegian, Russian, and Serbian music 7 July at Grosvenor Chapel. Music by Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky (among others) will ensure a thrilling and diverse musical experience

Concert on Wednesday 7th July at 7.30pm

Leading artists include soloists of Norwegian, Russian and Serbian descent and the concert boasts no less than two premières of arrangements for flute and piano, including the World Première of arrangements of three of Edvard Grieg’s Peasant Dances, op. 72. The icing on the cake will be a performance of four Russian Songs given by the acclaimed boy singer, Alex Prior.


  • Andrew Anson (flute) and Alistair Lilley (piano)

Øistein Sommerfeldt Spring Tunes, op. 44 for solo flute
Grieg Violin Sonata, op. 8 arranged for flute and piano by Pierre Paubon (UK première)
Grieg Three Slåtter (Peasant Dances) from op. 72 arranged for flute and piano by Alistair Lilley (World première)
Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumble Bee arranged for flute
Vera Milanković Five Old Serbian Songs arranged for flute and piano by Alistair Lilley

  • Paul Gobey (organ)

Grieg Homage March from Sigurd Jorsalfar, op. 22 arranged for organ by Robert Groves
Kjell Mørk Karlsen Partita on a folk tune from Vestfold

  • Gordana Kostić (soprano) and Alistair Lilley (piano)

Mussorgsky Nursery Suite (sung in Russian)
Love Ballad and two other 19th Century Serbian Songs (sung in Serbian)

  • Alex Prior (boy singer) and Alistair Lilley (piano)

Russian Songs: Piotr Pyetrovich Bulahov Troika; Rimsky-Korsakov T’is not the wind; Traditional Along The Peterskaya Road and Kalinka (sung in Russian)

The Grosvenor Chapel
South Audley Street
London W1K 2PA

The Grieg Society, in co-operation with Vesna Petković, have chosen as its venue this beautiful chapel which was built in 1730: John Betjamin was a frequent visitor here. Amongst the famous personages buried in the chapel vaults are the parents of the 1st Duke of Wellington. The organ (by William Drake of Devon) is reputed to be one of the best in London.


Tickets are on sale at £10 and will include the first drink and canapés. Tickets will be available at the door on the night (cash only).

Contact: Jackie Etheridge, Secretary of The Grieg Society of Great Britain
Tel: 020 8291 3961

The Grieg Society of Great Britain
Ms Beryl Foster, Chairman
Audrey Banker, Membership Secretary
Jackie Etheridge, Secretary

Biographical Details for Grieg Society Concert, 7th July 2004

Russian Descent: Alex Prior is the 11-year-old great-grandson of Constantine Stanislavsky and is distantly related to Tchaikovsky.  Since his solo singing debut 18 months ago he has already become internationally renowned: he has sung before Pavarotti and performed in the Kremlin and Carnegie Hall, as well as at St John’s Smith Square, The London Arena and many other British venues. He has broadcast on BBC Radio, BBC TV and Classic FM TV and on radio and TV stations in the USA and Russia.  In Moscow last December he was presented with the rare Golden Award for Cultural Achievement for his outstanding charity work and contribution to peace. He was seen on television throughout Russia when he took part in the 2004 May Day celebrations. Not content with singing, Alex Prior also composes: he is about to record his first piano concerto with Globalis Orchestra and is writing an opera. Major articles have been published about Alex in the Press including The Times and he has been hailed as “the little Pavarotti”. Future engagements will take Alex to Tallin (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), and on a tour of the USA as well as performing in England. In addition, the day after this concert at the Grosvenor Chapel Alex will perform at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Festival in Wales. Subject to alteration Alex will be featured on ITV’s “This Morning” on 18th June and in an ITV documentary on 19th June at 9pm.

Serbian Descent: Gordana Kostić After gaining a degree in Music at the University of Arts in Belgrade, the young Serbian singer studied at Trinity College of Music, London. Winner of several prizes and scholarships, she gained her M Mus in Performance in 2000 and has given many performances of song, oratorio and opera in England, France, Spain, USA and of course, in Serbia and Montenegro. She has taken part in various music and theatre festivals including the Dartington International Summer School where she participated in productions and masterclasses, and worked as a madrigal tutor. Amongst venues in England she has sung at The Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Fairfield Halls, and at the Brighton Festival.  She has broadcast on both radio and television, and has made recordings for Renaissance and The Studio for Early Music. In 2001 Gordana Kostić wrote and performed a Masterclass lecture recital on Mussorgsky’s song cycle: The Nursery, which she will be singing at this concert.

Norwegian Descent: Paul Gobey is of Norwegian/English parentage: although he grew up in the London area he is involved in both British and Norwegian music-making. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Richard Popplewell and Peter Wallfisch, and at the University of London. He is Director of Music at St Dunstan’s College, London and has been Organist of the Norwegian Church, Rotherhithe since 1990. He has extensive experience as both piano and organ accompanist, and he has performed in many of the cathedrals in England, Norway, Germany and the USA, most recently giving a recital in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Paul sits on the committees of the Anglican-Lutheran and Grieg Societies, is a Council member of the Anglo-Norse Society and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Andrew Anson studied with Ann Cherry at Trinity College, London and with Susan Milan at the Royal College of Music, and later with Julius Baker and Jeanne Baxtresser in New York. He has been principal flute with the Concilium Chamber Orchestra, played in a flute/piano and a flute/guitar duo and directs his own Anson Ensemble. He is guest principal flute with the English Mozart Players, has performed with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra and teaches master-classes in London and Birmingham. He recently had the honour of performing Sir Malcolm Arnold’s flute concerti for his 80th birthday celebrations at Dartington Hall. He also opened Tower Records’ 15th Anniversary concert in London to a packed audience. Later this year Andrew will play for the first recordings of the flute and piccolo sonatas of Andrew Downes. Andrew has appeared on Classic FM, broadcast throughout the world, recorded for the BBC and has made a CD for Claudio Records. 

Alistair Lilley studied piano, organ and conducting at the Royal College of Music and has won numerous prizes including the prestigious John Ireland Accompanist Prize, the Victor Hoddy Memorial Concerto Prize and the Lies Askonas Accompanist Prize. He has played piano concerti at the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls and has given recitals at many concert venues at home and abroad. He has worked on the music staff of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opera North, English National Opera and English Touring Opera and has conducted and accompanied a wide variety of orchestras, ensembles and soloists. His current positions include Music Director of Opera Brava and he has recently returned to London from 2 ½ years on the staff of Scottish Opera, for whom he directed Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Next December to April, Alistair will return to work with Opera North. Alistair is a seasoned broadcaster on BBC Radio and has appeared on Independent Television. He has recorded for EMI with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and for Claudio Records.

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Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)