Guildhall School’s Faculty Artist Series with percussionist David Corkhill

In 2008, the Guildhall School launched a series of performances by senior professors, giving public, staff and students the opportunity to see Guildhall School professors perform in the intimate setting of the School. Following on from the successful performances by Head of Keyboard Ronan O’Hora, Head of Strings Jacqueline Ross and Deputy Head of Strings Louise Hopkins, David Corkhill (pictured), Professor of Timpani and Percussion takes to the stage on 26 March.

David Corkhill holds Principal positions in two internationally known full time orchestras: the Philharmonia and the English Chamber Orchestra. During his varied career David has played in Britten's chamber opera 'The Turn of the Screw' under the composer's baton. Britten later added a specially composed timpani and percussion part to his cantata' Rejoice in the Lamb' for him, later incorporating ideas from that into the timpani part of his opera 'Death in Venice', in the first performances and recording of which David Corkhill participated. Amongst his engagements as soloist have been performances of Panufnik's Concertino for Percussion with Evelyn Glennie, and Stockhausen's Refrains and Zyklus. During the 1980s David was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to perform and record Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and this was followed by an invitation from Sir George Solti to perform, film, and record for CBS the same work with himself, Murray Periah, and Evelyn Glennie. In 1988 this recording won the coveted 'Grammy' award. David Corkhill is Professor of Timpani and Percussion at the Guildhall School.

Thursday 26 March 2009, 7.30pm, Guildhall School Music Hall
David Corkhill percussion
Matthew Rich percussion
James Kreiling, Janneke Brits piano
Elena Sancho-Pereg soprano
Derek Welton baritone

BARTOK Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion
BACH Cantata 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
BACH Cantata 82 Ich habe genug
BACH Cantata 140 Wachet auf

Unreserved tickets: £15 (£10 concessions) available from the Barbican Box Office 0845 120 7500 or


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