One-handed pianist to play The Apex next month

Nicholas McCarthy / Yamaha Concert Grand Piano / Royal Festival Hall

Born without his right hand Nicholas McCarthy has inspired thousands around the world with his acclaimed performances and passion for music and is to appear at The Apex next month.

Nicholas is a champion of the dynamic world of left hand repertoire, a repertoire that first came into being in the early 19th century and developed rapidly following the First World War as a result of the many injuries suffered on the battlefield.

After only beginning to play the piano at the relatively late age of 14, Nicholas faced his fair share of adversity, but despite this he continued to follow his dream of becoming a concert pianist.

He gained a place at London’s prestigious Royal College of Music and his graduation in 2012 made press headlines around the world, being the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the college in its 130-year history.

Since then he has performed around the world including concert tours in Europe, USA, China, South Africa, Japan and South Korea.

Nicholas will share funny and compelling stories about himself and his repertoire in a unique concert at The Apex on November 4.

The concert will include original works, such as Scriabin’s Prelude & Nocturne and Bach’s monumental Chaconne in D Minor, alongside some stunning arrangements of Strauss’s Morgen, Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and Nicholas’s own arrangement of the compelling Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G minor, as heard by millions on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’.

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