CENTRAL ENGLAND: Mike Wheeler's concert reviews from Nottingham and Derbyshire feature high profile artists on the UK circuit - often quite early on their tours.
VIDEO PODCAST: Women Composers - Our special hour-long illustrated feature on women composers includes contributions from Diana Ambache, Gail Wein, Hilary Tann, Natalie Artemas-Polak and Victoria Bond.
British pianist Mark Bebbington was born on 17 January 1972. He studied with Kendall Taylor and Phyllis Sellick at the Royal College of Music in London and later with Aldo Ciccolini in Italy.
A strong advocate of British music, Bebbington has recorded over thirty albums for SOMM Recordings, including complete cycles of piano works by Frank Bridge and John Ireland.
Based in Worcester UK, he has toured widely iin Europe, the Far East and North America, and has performed with a series of high profile orchestras.
CD Spotlight. An Intriguing Snapshot - Keith Bramich listens to piano music by Robert Matthew-Walker. 'Mark Bebbington ... is exemplary here, bringing out all the contrasts and mood changes ...'
Ensemble. A Unified Whole - Mark Bebbington joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth for John Ireland's Piano Concerto, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. The Treasured Crown - Roderic Dunnett reports in depth on last month's Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester
A Strong Impression - Mark Bebbington makes a return visit to Nottingham, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Vivid Evocation - Mark Bebbington plays Beethoven, Ireland, Chopin and Gershwin, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Generous Weekend - The third William Alwyn Festival, attended by Patric Standford
Ensemble. The Finest of Them All - The 2012 Hereford Three Choirs Festival, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
CD Spotlight. Pride of Place - Piano music by Frank Bridge, praised by Howard Smith. 'A standing ovation for Mark Bebbington ...'
Profile. Tête-à-Tête - Bill Newman talks to British pianist Mark Bebbington