Shrewsbury School

Galin Ganchev (M IV) is given a standing ovation for his recital in the Alington Hall

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Last Friday, 16th March, a musical event, which richly deserves wider notice, took place in the Alington Hall.

Galin Ganchev, a 15-year old pianist from Bulgaria in his second year as a pupil at Shrewsbury, gave a truly stunning recital of works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Balakirev, to an astonished and captivated audience of about ninety.

As with his previous performance in the Hall - of Grieg's Piano Concerto with the School Orchestra - Galin completed this latest solo recital, lasting well over an hour, entirely from memory. His performance was remarkable, not only for the range of the works he had chosen,  but also for the technical brilliance which characterised his playing throughout. The programme reached its climax in the two final items, Chopin's Scherzo in B Flat Minor and Balakirev's Oriental Fantasy, both pieces well-known for the exceptionally severe demands which they make upon both technique and stamina.

Galin's delighted audience, deeply impressed, accorded him a prolonged and enthusiastic standing ovation, relishing the prospect of many future opportunities to hear him play.

David Gee

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