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International Pianist Cordelia Williams gives Recital at Salisbury Cathedral

Posted By : Roz Mitchell Wednesday 1st October 2014

Cordelia Williams, BBC Young Musician of the Year Finalist 2006 and regarded as ‘one of the outstanding pianists of her generation’, will perform in Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 11 October at 7.30pm.  Her programme of music for the evening includes:

  • Rondo in A Minor K.511 – Mozart
  • Davidsbundlertanze op. 6 – Schumann
  • Premiere Communion de la Vierge – Messiaen
  • Scherzo No. 3, Scherzo No. 4 – Chopin.

Cordelia has become a pianist of ‘great power and delicate sensitivity’, drawing in audiences with her rich sound, natural eloquence and ‘spell-binding simplicity’. She has performed throughout Great Britain and France, as well as in Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Thailand, China, America, Mexico, Kenya and the Gulf States. She is now recognised for the poetry, conviction and inner strength of he playing and the depth and maturity of her interpretations.

‘Her playing has a warmth and finely judged flexibility that are immediately attractive… The spontaneity of the performances, as well as the beauty of the piano tone …linger in the mind’ said Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine.

David Halls, Salisbury Cathedral’s Director of Music says ‘I am delighted that Cordelia is playing once again at Salisbury Cathedral as her last recital here was truly memorable. Her programme looks wonderful and I am particularly keen to hear her performance of Chopin’s Scherzos 3 and 4, which are among my favourite piano pieces’.

Tickets, £17.50, are available from Salisbury Playhouse Box Office, telephone: 01722 320333, online and on the door on the night.


Issued by and further information from:  Roz Mitchell, 01722 555118 or email:

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Cordelia Williams Short Biography 

Since reaching our TV screens as Piano Winner in BBC Young Musician 2006, Cordelia Williams has given recital and concerto performances throughout Great Britain, France and Italy, continuing to build a career as ‘one of the outstanding pianists of her generation’.

Cordelia began lessons at home as soon as she could climb onto the piano stool. Having meanwhile studied with Bernard Roberts and Hamish Milne, Cordelia will take up a postgraduate scholarship in September, to study at the Guildhall School of Music with internationally renowned teacher Joan Havill.

In 2006, Cordelia gave her Wigmore Hall debut and her first foreign tour in the Gulf States. Her ‘BBC Young Musician 2006’ performance with The Northern Sinfonia, under Yan Pascal Tortelier, led to an invitation from the orchestra to return in 2008 for Shostakovich’s 1st Concerto with conductor Thomas Zehetmair. She has given recitals at Turner Sims Hall, Southampton, at St. George’s, Bristol, and at the Guiting Festival, and appeared at the Thaxted Festival playing Beethoven’s 3rd Concerto with the City of London Sinfonia.

Alongside this dynamic career on the concert platform, Cordelia found time to graduate with a First in Theology from Clare College, Cambridge.

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