Piano Duettists

Harvey & Helen Davies



The Pleyel Ensemble

photo by Glyn Davies
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Helen and Harvey Davies, mother and son, have worked together professionally since 1992. Since then they have built a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of contemporary piano duet repertoire in Britain.

Composers who have written for the Davies Duo include Richard Stoker, Jeffrey Lewis, Alun Hoddinott, John Metcalf, Brian Hughes, Nicola LeFanu, Bill Connor, Pwyll ap Sion and Australian composer James Ledger. Helen and Harvey have given recitals at Music Clubs throughout England, Wales and Scotland.  Their recital at the Waterford (Ireland) New Music Week was recorded for RTE’s Classical music programme Lyric FM. They have appeared at many Festivals including the North Wales Festival, the Two Moors Festival, the Northern Aldborough Festival and those in Banff and Glamorgan.

Their extensive repertoire includes many of the standard classical, romantic and impressionist works for piano duet. They also have a special interest in British music for four hands and in the resurrection of neglected eighteenth and nineteenth century pieces. Some of these are included in their entertaining Victorian presentation “A Royal Invitation”.

Helen and Harvey, individually, have busy careers. Harvey plays in several duos and ensembles, notably the Pleyel Ensemble. He is a Staff pianist at the RNCM. Helen is also an accompanist and chamber musician and is the resident accompanist at Bangor University. She is a member of the Maurizi Ensemble and plays in a duo with her husband, violinist Edward Davies. 

Harvey and Helen are both members of Ensemble Cymru.

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Future Engagements

The Davies Duo are known for their imaginative programming and exciting performances which have led to comments such as:

".....an outstanding evening of music given by two pianists of exceptional musical and technical quality....."

"From the outset, it was clear that the duo had a special rapport, which was apparent throughout their recital......the artists produced beautiful tonal qualities."

" The powerful symphonic structure of Kenneth Leighton's Sonata for four hands was masterfully revealed in this authoritative performance." - Music Wales Magazine

"....their performance was equal both technically and in musical understanding to any that I have had." - The composer, John Metcalf.

"It is their love for music above all else, coupled with the desire to expand the piano duet repertoire, which prompts me to recommend them without reservation." - Director of Music in Wales for Olympics 2012.

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Future Engagements Already Confirmed

Friday, October 24th 2012 Research Forum on early 19th cent. duets at RNCM.
Tuesday, October 16th 2012 : Duet recital at Radlett Music Club (Herts.)
Sunday, October 28th 2012 11am : Coffee Concert at the Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester
Wednesday, March 20th 2013 : 7.30pm, Rhyl Music Club with Heather Bills (cello)

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The Songs and Duets of Richard Stoker

Twentieth Century Piano Duets
Sonata for Piano duet by Kenneth Leighton
Divertimento by John Joubert
Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Peter Melville Smith
plus new recording of the Creel by Alan Rawsthorne
and the Sonatina by Lennox Berkeley.

The CD "Four Hands Favourites" features works by Mozart,
Mendelssohn, Czerny, Edward German and Faure.

The CD "Diversity - Amrywiaeth" is the culmination of a project spanning several years,
commissioning works for piano duet from Welsh composers.
'We have been delighted by the high quality and variety of the music written for us
and it has been a privilege to work with these composers.

Beethoven Symphony No.3 "Eroica" arr for piano duet by E.Pauer, with Ian Price (narrator)
Recording sponsored by the Two Moors Festival.


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