FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Ke Ma plays Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit III Scarbo at Selby Abbey
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Ke Ma celebrates The Chinese Spring Festival at Selby Abbey
Ke Ma plays Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit III Scarbo
To mark the end of the Chinese Spring Festival and the start of spring in the UK, Selby Abbey plays host to a concert from world-class pianist, Ke Ma. We celebrate our friendship with China in what has been one of the most testing years in recent world history. Music has the power to unite, in healing and festivity. We look ahead to the arrival of spring and new beginnings with a performance in this exquisite Abbey, enjoyed by UK and Chinese visitors alike.
Ke Ma’s performance includes a combination popular Chinese folk and pop tunes and the classical favourite, Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit suite, based on three poems by Aloysius Bertrand.
Written in G sharp minor and based on the poem “Scarbo”, this movement depicts the nighttime mischief of a small fiend or goblin, making pirouettes, flitting in and out of the darkness, disappearing and suddenly reappearing. Its uneven flight, hitting and scratching against the walls, casting a growing shadow in the moonlight, creates a nightmarish scene for the observer lying in his bed.
Ke Ma plays on our Wilh Steinberg WS-D275 concert grand piano which has been in residency for the past year at York Minster for the duration of its once-a-century organ restoration project. It is now available for sale at our Leeds showroom:
We would like to thank Gary Lawson @GaryLawsonMedia who filmed the event and brought his drone along for the day to capture some amazing footage of this spellbinding performance in one Yorkshire’s lesser know Gothic wonders.
Pianist: Ke Ma.
Born in 1994 in Datong China, Ke studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton, Michael Dussek and Andrew West, graduating with a Masters with distinction (DipRAM) in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Joan Havill, Dr Alexander Soares and Rolf Hind. Ke has won top prizes at international competitions including 1st Prize at the 2016 Concours International de la vie de Maisons-Laffitte and Karoly Mocsari Special Prize (France), 1st Prize at the 2014 Shenzhen Competition (China) and 3rd Prize at the 2012 Ettlingen Competition (Germany). As a soloist,
highlights have included appearances with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony, Suffolk Symphony Orchestra and the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tamás Gál at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest.
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