Gwilym Simcock 'Near and Now'

Friday Nov 15th

St Catharine's College Chapel

In association with The Kellaway Series

Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Tickets: £15 /£12 students

Unreserved seating available

Under-14s should be accompanied by an adult.

Special two concert ticket deal (Gwilym Simcock + Julia Hülsmann Quartet): £27 / £25 student

This concert will feature some of the music from the new solo album alongside other original pieces and standards.


Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’.


While travelling the world as a member of US jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny's quartet, British pianist Gwilym Simcock used time away from the stage to compose pieces that have become his second solo album, Near and Now (ACT 2019).


Each piece is dedicated to a fellow pianist -- Billy Childs, Brad Mehldau, Russell Ferrante, Egberto Gismonte and his first jazz teacher, Les Chisnall. The music has Simcock's signature sound of rich, modern harmony, driving rhythm, and melodic narrative.

"Thrilling rhythmic precision, structural rigour and an ability to express an essentially romantic conception with the full range of pianistic colours and timbres and the result is an extraordinary recital by a major talent."
Chris Ingham, MOJO


"Gwilym Simcock is a stupendous improviser and remarkable musician all round ... left alone with a piano, he creates music which is neither jazz nor classical but simply itself."
Dave Gelly, The Observer

“What binds all of this music together is Simcock’s fulsome tone, clarity of line and the way in which his seemingly effortless pianism carves out hugely satisfying harmonic journeys” Peter Quinn, Jazzwise ★★★★

“an expansive record showing the incredible range of Gwilym Simcock’s talent” Jamie Cullum


“A glorious wave of sound” BBC Music Magazine

“A pianist with vision and versatility” Downbeat

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