Wednesday 8 March 2023 – 1 pm to 1:40 pm
On Wednesday 8 March (1 pm) we were very pleased to welcome
Dominic Bentham and Johannes Gerges enjoyed giving a lunchtime recital at Brentwood Cathedral in August 2017, and were originally delighted to be able to return nearly 6 years later for a second performance.
Unfortunately, Johannes was indisposed at the last minute, but we were very fortunate to be able to listen to an excellent impromptu recital given by Dominic, with wonderful music by Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin. Bravo!
Dominic Bentham (DipABRSM) is a pianist and piano teacher based in South East London, currently in his final year working towards a BMus(Hons) in piano performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Greenwich. He studies under Canadian pianist and composer Douglas Finch, having previously worked with Penelope Roskell and Alexander Ardakov, and specialises in vocal accompaniment, receiving tuition from acclaimed pianists including Helen Yorke and Dylan Perez.
Dominic is an experienced and versatile accompanist, particularly in choral and liturgical music, solo voice repertoire, musical theatre and jazz. His passion for liturgical music led him to organise and direct a ‘Community Concert’ at his local church in Forest Hill in March 2022. He has enjoyed working with the Brentwood Cathedral music department on a variety of projects over the years, and therefore was excited to be made the accompanist for the Brentwood Choral Society (directed by Art Wangcharoensab) in 2021.
A key aspect of Dominic’s musical identity is improvisation, which he enjoys incorporating into other aspects of his playing, including choral accompaniment. He is the Musical Director at ‘Improvesarios’, a newly-formed group performing improvised operas with surprising and often hilarious results. For several years he has attended a ‘free improvisation’ class run by his teacher Douglas Finch, the work of which culminates in performances at Trinity’s annual ‘New Lights Festival’ each summer. Dominic is currently pursuing a life-long interest in jazz, for which he receives tuition from pianist Andrea Vicari.
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Photos – Graham Hillman