Melodies of Beethoven and Debussy to enchant audiences at Hainault pianist’s show

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 October 2015

Hanianult pianist David Silkoff, who is performing a concert later this month. Picture: David Silkoff

Hanianult pianist David Silkoff, who is performing a concert later this month. Picture: David Silkoff


The days may be getting shorter, but instead of grieving the loss of light, why not celebrate the night with an evening of piano music.

Royal College of Music graduate David Silkoff will perform a collection of well-known songs including Clair de Lune by Debussy and The Music of the Night from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

The show will take place at the John Savage Centre, Fencepiece Road, Hainault, and is themed on music inspired by nocturnal activities.

David, from Hainault himself, will also premiere Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schönberg, which he said has only ever been played on string instruments.

“I got the music for Verklarte Nacht from a guy in Romania and made a few adaptations,” he said.

“It leads itself really well to a piano solo and it has been working really well in rehearsals – it will be interesting to see if the audience likes it and, if so, I will continue to play it.”

The pianist learned how to play music at eight years old and followed his interest through by studying at the college and also the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied for two years.

He now teaches piano to anyone who is interested – from six-year-olds, to adults who have retired.

“Some people want to learn how to pass exams, others just want to learn for enjoyment,” he said.

“Either way we have lots of fun.”

When he is not passing his musical knowledge onto eager pupils, David performs concerts in different parts of the country.

But he makes sure he plays to Redbridge audiences as well.

David said: “Over the years I have learned how to handle the nerves of performing.

“Everybody gets a bit nervous but, ensuring you manage the nerves, you will be okay.”

From Beethoven and Chopin to Debussy and Schönberg, Music of the Night: Piano Music for an Autumn Evening will be performed on October 11 at 7pm.

For more information and to book tickets, call 0208 501 3115 or 07789 252593, or email

Tickets are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £5 for children. Light refreshment will be included.

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