Sunday 24 th March 2019, 2.30pm
Jonathan Wortley – piano
24 Preludes from Bach to Gershwin
An hour’s worth of attractive piano music will be intercepted with some fascinating
commentary and be performed without an interval.
Tickets £10 ( cash or cheque) from firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door.
‘At least 17 composers have written sets of 24 or 25 preludes, usually in all the different
keys. This programme was inspired by a CD issued a couple of years ago by the
pianist Dominic John, with 24 preludes in all the keys, each by a different composer (in fact
25 preludes because he started and finished with ones in C major.) I thought this was a
great idea for a recital, and I decided to draw only on music I already had, which in some
cases I had never performed or even looked at. I have covered all the keys, but only
managed 19 different composers, but there is still a huge variety, and some composers I
hope some of you will never have heard of!’
Jonathan Wortley was born in West Runton, and attended Gresham’s School, where he
met his wife Sally, a ‘cellist, on a music course held there one vacation. He read Natural
Sciences then Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where aged 20 he performed Prokofiev’s 1 st
Piano Concerto in a May Week concert. He attended the College of Law in London, but
spent most of his time playing the piano and accompanying students at The Guildhall, where
he had lessons with the late Geraldine Peppin. He subsequently had a number of lessons
with Hamish Milne.
Jonathan has practised as a solicitor in Norfolk for almost 40 years, but music continues to
be an integral part of his life, both as performer, treasurer of the Norwich-based chamber
orchestra the Academy of St Thomas, and as trustee of a number of musical charities. He
performs concerti, solo recitals and chamber music, as well as accompanying. He has
worked with a number of professional musicians including the violinists Alan Brind, Jane
Faulkner, Hannah Perowne and Andrew Storey, violists Philip Dukes and Gillianne Haddow,
‘cellists Richard May and Martin Storey, clarinettists Lynsey Marsh and Stephen Waters, and
singers Mary Nicholls, Evelyn Tubb and Catherine Waters.
This recital is being performed in aid of the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust that
Jonathan has been Chairman of since it was founded in 1998
Grateful thanks to The Assembly House Trust for their generous support of this recital.